Is Basketball Class of 2013 Best Ever?!?!
Posted May 21, 2013 6:46 pm
The 2003 NBA draft class headlined by NBA royalty, Lebron James, is considered by many to be one of best classes in the past couple decades. So when people start to talk about the 2013 recruiting class being one of the best ever, it raises eyebrows. Preps.com, over the past couple months, has watched significant basketball tape and dug deep into this talented group of hoopers. This is our analysis on some of our favorites. Shout out to Hoopmixtape, Ballislife, Cityleaguehoops, and many others on all the excellent footage.
When you talk about the class of 2013 hoopers, you have to start with Andrew Wiggins. This Canadian swingman bullied his way into the class by re-classifying into the already great class and immediately took the #1 spot. Wiggins is a long swingman that has a very impressive skill set and ridiculous athleticism. His game is very intriguing because he has the skill set of both a Guard and Forward. Comparisons to Lebron have been thrown out there, but let’s see if he will write his own legend. He has all the tools to be a big-time player and NBA scouts are already salivating over him. Check out Wiggins below.
The victim of Wiggins’ dominance was Jabari Parker, but don’t get it twisted, because Parker is a dog too. Jabari is being compared to Small Forward assassins like Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce. The Chicagoan looks to follow in the footsteps of Simeon grad Derrick Rose and become NBA royalty. With his 6’8’’, 225-pound frame, he has that silky smooth game like Melo and “The Truth” and can use the body to get space with the wet jumper. Don’t be surprised if you see Parker lead Coach K and the Cameron Crazies into a national championship. Check out the sharpshooter’s game below.
The first thing people say when you say “Aaron Gordon” is………… “Blake Griffin”. This high-flying workhorse certainly earned his nickname “Baby Blake” during his high school and AAU career. What makes Gordon so attractive as a player is the relentless energy he plays with and his crazy hops don’t hurt either. What separates Gordon’s game from Blake is that he can put the ball on the ground a little bit and shoot the deep bomb. Check out Gordon and see get ignorant below.
When I first heard Kasey Hill’s name in the recruiting circles, I didn’t really pay too much attention. When I finally had the chance to watch him, I immediately fell in love with his game and became a Florida Gators fan again. Hill has that old school Point Guard game. He gets to the rack at will, drop dimes, and will stroke it all day. I don’t want to throw “Uncle Drew” comparisons out there, so I’ll spare everyone, but I suggest you check out the PG’s game below.
Julius Randle is that big strong Power Forward that has a silky smooth game and swag on 100. When we saw Randle battle Andrew Wiggins in an AAU tournament, we knew John Calipari was going to do anything he could to land this Lone Star state beast. Randle is going to be playing in the spotlight for the loaded Kentucky Wildcats with the Harrison twins and many more class of 2013 studs, so everyone will get a chance to see how versatile this Power Forward can be. Randle has a real pretty jumper and great handles for a big man. My favorite part about Julius is his swagger and look for him to be a personality for Calipari’s dream team.
Preps.com will continue to cover more hoopers from this loaded class.