|Jabari Parker Class of 2013 - Cliff Alexander Class of 2014|
Written by: Prospect-Central
It's definitely debatable, but the City of Chicago might be producing the best high school basketball players in the country. While that's obviously just an opinion, there's no debating who Chicago's biggest star is; Jabari Parker. The recent Duke commit is currently the #2 player in the Class of 2013, and while he was sidelined with a foot injury in July, the senior's slowly rounding into shape and looking to regain his tittle as the best basketball player in high school.
Another future star from the Chi is without question Cliff Alexander. Currently the #4 player in the Class of 2014, Alexander has started his junior year with a bang. Even though Currie High School is off to a rough start this season, Cliff Alexander has been as good as advertised and could make a serious push at becoming the top player in his class.
Today the two players faced each other for the first time this year when Simeon Career Academy took on Currie High School from the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament. It was an excellent game and both players performed well, but Cliff Alexander definitely had the fresher legs. Cliff finished the game with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while Parker had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
While Simeon was the favorite going in, it was actually an up-and-down battle that ultimately came down to the final few possessions. When it was all said and done, the scoreboard read 62-57, but who won the game??? Before you watch Jabari and Cliff play against each other in the NBA, watch them battle it out in high school, LIVE, from the 2012 Pontiac Holiday Tournament. * Below is the entire game between Jabari Parker & Simeon Career Academy vs. Cliff Alexander & Currie High School (12/29/12) followed by six additional games of Simeon & Currie from the 2012 Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
2012 Pontiac Holiday Tournament Bonus Games
Simeon Career Academy vs. West Aurora (12/29/12)
Simeon Career Academy vs. Bloomington High (12/28/12)
Simeon Career Academy vs. United Township (12/27/12)
Currie High School vs. Warren Township (12/29/12)
Currie High School vs. Joliet West (12/28/12)
Currie High School vs. Plainfield North (12/27/12)