|Julius Randle: #2 Player Class of 2013|
|Jabari Parker: #1 Player Class of 2013|
Written by: Prospect-Central
It's not very often you have a chance to see two future NBA lottery selections battle it out for the very first time on the high school hardwood. Years from now when you see Jabari Parker & Julius Randle playing in NBA All-Star games (they will be All-Stars imo), you can think back to the time when you first saw them play against each other in high school. While that may not be a big deal to some, to others it is.
Over the weekend, Jabari Parker and the Mac Irvin Fire squared off against Julius Randle and the Texas Titans at the 4th session of the Nike EYBL from Oakland, California. Julius Randle not only won the battle, he won the war as well. The Texas Titans defeated Mac Irvin Fire 63-59, behind a game high 23 points from Randle. Julius also grabbed 13 rebounds, had 2 blocks and shot 60% from the field. Jabari finished the game with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists on 43% shooting. While Jabari guarded Julius on defense, it was actually Duke commit Matt Jones who mostly guarded Parker.
Even though this is just one game and shouldn't be blown out of proportion, Julius Randle is definitely in the discussion for the #1 player in the Class of 2013 in my opinion. While I still feel Jabari is deserving of that honor, the gap is clearly tightening. It ultimately doesn't matter who graduates high school as the #1 rated player however, but it certainly matters who's drafted #1. As of right now it's anyone's guess who shakes David Stern's hand first come 2014, but it's safe to say it will probably be either Jabari or Julius. So here's a little glimpse of what the future of the NBA has to offer!!! *Below are 3 videos from BallisLife & HoopMixTape of the first ever battle between Jabari Parker & Julius Randle followed by Jabari's junior season mixtape & Julius's junior season mixtape.
Official Box Score: Mac Irvin Fire vs. Team Texas Titans (5/27/12)