One of the most talked about prospects in this year's NBA draft is former Duke forward, Jabari Parker. Despite his impressive size, doubts have remained over his athleticism. However, now NBA Hall of Famer, Reggie Miller believes he has a familiar style.
"He kinda reminds me of a Carmelo Anthony at that time." Miller said during a telephone conference call with media today, "He can score in the low post, he's wide down low... I can see how his game can translate to the next level."
Parker arrived at Duke last year with great fanfare and has been rated alongside Kansas' Andrew Wiggins. However, Duke failed to get out of the first round of the NCAA tournament and now doubts have surfaced about whether these highly talented freshmen are ready for the leap to the professional ranks.
The difficulties in scouting players of this age was also something that Miller alluded to during the call.
"If you're asking who's gonna be the number one pick and separate themselves, it's hard... It's hard to pick these 18,19,20 year olds you know without seeing them against other professionals."
This may ignite another 'minimum age' debate among NBA draft analysts but the core of the matter is that the NBA is as good a place as college to develop these young stars, providing teams are prepared to spend some time on rebuilding their roster.
It's likely that Parker will be a high pick in the draft as one of the premier talents but team scouts may be taking a risk on a player who may not be ready to adapt to life in the NBA.
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