Who’s No. 1 in 2013?
With Tuesday’s unveiling of the new Rivals Top 150, the answer to that question is even more clouded.
But Parker, who missed much of the summer basketball circuit with a nagging injury, retains top position in the Scout.com, ESPN and CBS Sports rankings.
Another UK target, Andrew Harrison, is No. 1 according to MaxPreps and NBE Basketball Report.
When you take the average position of each of those three players’ rankings, the numbers look like this:
Jabari Parker: 2.4
Julius Randle: 2.6
Andrew Harrison: 2.9
The bottom line is, it’s close. And it doesn’t appear that any of these three players will be able to achieve unanimous No. 1 recruit status, which hasn’t happened since Greg Oden in 2006.
Of course, all of this is moot if Canadian superstar Andrew Wiggins joins the class of 2013, as many expect him to do.
On Monday night, Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi tweeted that Wiggins would be the pick if he reclassifies.
“If/when Wiggins moves to 2013, the #1 argument becomes an easy one. Don’t see any argument against him for No. 1 overall at this point,” Bossi said.
Until that happens, the No. 1 spot is up for grabs.
COMPARE THE RANKINGS: Look at the Top 25 from the eight services mentioned above.