Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/12/13

Games that count against the record for the 2013-2014 college basketball season may have started last week, but the season really tips-off tonight in Chicago when four of the premier basketball programs in the country take center stage in the Champions classic. The late game features not only 5. Kansas vs 4. Duke, but Jabari Parker vs Andrew Wiggins. Long before Wiggins reclassified himself year ago, making him eligible to play this season for the Jayhawks, Parker was considered to be the next great one-and-done player. Parker was even grabbing headlines with being mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James. But Parker suffered an injury that cost him all of his conditioning heading into his senior year, and his celebrity dropped off just a bit. The attention turned to Wiggins, the great hope from the Great White North. Wiggins seems to be the best high school player that Canada has ever produced, but whether he can be the best player to ever come out of America’s attic (Steve Nash now holds that honor) remains to be seen. He was not spectacular in Kansas’ opening win, but he didn’t need to be. He appeared okay with deferring to teammates. Whether that indicates passiveness is a bit early. We should be able to tell tonight against Duke if he has more urgency. Parker, however, was outstanding. He was 8 of 10 from the field in only 23 minutes of burn. He is well beyond that injury that limited him as a senior, and showcased why there was such a battle between Duke and Michigan State on the recruiting trail. If there were questions about Duke’s potential this year as a national title player, look no further than Parker.Read more →

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