This morning, ESPN's Basketball Recruiting section updated its Super 60 and Terrific 25 lists for the Class of 2013 and 2014, respectively, and several familiar locals populate the list.
Simeon (Ill.) swingman Jabari Parker retains the No. 1 overall spot in the Class of 2013, but the gap is closing between him and Everett's own Nerlens Noel. ESPN's Dave Telep explains in his column today:
Following last summer, we targeted two players for our top spot -- small forward Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) and center Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton). Fast-forward six months and our opinion is that they remain the lone candidates for the No. 1 spot, however, the gap between the two is more negligible than ever.
Parker is viewed by many as the top prospect in high school basketball, regardless of class, and for good reason. He embodies physical and mental traits needed in a player to perform, succeed and win at the highest levels. He has competitive greatness and a balanced floor game. Noel, his competition for the top spot, is the Anthony Davis of high school basketball. No one player in high school affects the game as much as Noel does on the defensive end.
As Noel's offensive repertoire expands, so does the discussion regarding the top spot. Ultimately we decided to stick with Parker, a player everyone on our staff feels worthy of the honor. However, our straw poll of staffers as to who gets the nod for No. 1 was closer than ever.
Meanwhile, Northwest Catholic (Conn.) forward Kuran Iverson continues his descent down the list. Nearly two years ago, the Hartford native was ranked in the Top 5 for the Class of 2013. After falling from No. 3 to No. 30 in the last update, the 6-foot-10 wing player has dropped out of the Super 60 altogether.