The calendar has turned to March and the NCAA Tournament will be taking up the basketball world's attention for much of the next 30 days. With talks of tanking circling about several teams that are in line for high draft picks, this is a very iportant time. Many players will be playing in their last games before scouts can really talk to these players and figure out if they fit their organizations.
This year's draft class appears to be a cut above other draft classes with several scouts believing there are players worth tanking for in this draft (OK, that is a little far).
Scouts have been raving about the potential of several young players slated to enter this year's draft. The focus on them will intensify with the nation making its yearly pilgrimmage to their brackets in the coming week. This week's conference tournaments will begin to shine that light on the best young players in the U.S.
This weekend gave us a little taste with some big performances.
Jabari Parker, Duke: 30 points, 10/17 FGs, 11 rebounds vs. North Carolina
Parker has looked to be the most complete prospect available in this Draft. And that is crazy for a 19-year-old teenager. Parker probably did not need a year at Duke, but it has helped him showcase himself as he put in big performances on one of the biggest stages.
When the spotlight has turned to Parker, he has shown true and performed.
Parker scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Duke's loss at Syracuse on Feb. 1 and 19 points and 10 rebounds in the rematch against Syracuse on Feb. 22. In his first meeting with North Carolina, Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Out of all the players projected to be at the top of this draft, Parker has shown the most consistency and versatility. He could be a really good win player in the league right now (with the usual rookie bumps and bruises, of course). Put him at No. 1 on my board at the moment.no comments