Basketball: Who is NEXT?
"'Mature' might not even do him justice," says Dave Telep, ESPN.com's senior national recruiting analyst. "He sees a play ahead, he thinks the game and he has an unbelievable humility level where he doesn't have to score 30 -- he can bring guys along for the ride with him." That's just one of the ways that Jabari Parker, a versatile 6-foot-8 forward, stands out among other prospects his age. At this point, he is known as much for his Mormon faith as for his prodigious talent. ...
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.