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Wiggins v Parker v Randle - who shone the brightest?

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We could be hearing these names a lot over the next few months.

In what was one of the most exciting college basketball lineups in recent memory, Julius Randle's Kentucky team took on Michigan State, with Andrew Wiggins and Kansas up against Jabari Parker's Duke as the chaser.

Built up as one of the greatest recruiting classes of all-time, the stars of the show did not disappoint.

Despite the 94-83 loss to Kansas, Duke freshman Parker shone the brightest. The Chicago native attended the same prep school as Derrick Rose, and was every bit as dynamic as the Bulls point guard in a spectacular display for the Blue Devils.

He piled up 27 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the defeat, as he ultimately came up short to the golden boy Andrew Wiggins.

The early frontrunner for the 2014 number one pick in next year's NBA draft, Wiggins started slowly but had the last laugh.

He scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to help guide Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks past the number four ranked Duke.

"Big players make big plays," Wiggins told ESPN. "I think our whole team, whoever was one the court, every possession we made a big play. That's why we came out on top."

The Duke-Kansas game was the second of a thrilling double-header at the United Center. In the early game, Tom Izzo's Michigan State team knocked off the number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

Packed with some of the best freshman in the country, John Calipari's side betrayed their inexperience with a number of costly turnovers early on.

Randle, another potential top 10 pick next year, coughed the ball up seven times on the night but was otherwise superb - especially when leading the fightback for the Wildcats in the second half.

The Spartans were forced to cling on to their lead by the end, after Randle and co cut a 13-point advantage to just two.

Randle, one of four freshman starters for Calipari, hit 23 of his 27 points in the second half, but the Spartans held on for the win.

"You got guys crying in there, which is a good thing," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I want it to hurt like that.

"I knew this would get their attention. The biggest thing is if you don't do this together, you won't win. You'll never be a special team."

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