If you’ve never seen Christopher Guest’s Best in Show, I would recommend you find some time this week to treat yourself to one of the funniest, most awkward movies of the 2000s. For all the hilarity, shenanigans, and Fred Willard, though, the movie teaches us a solid truth: no matter the arena, there has to be a top dog.
Now that Andrew Wiggins has officially reclassified to 2013, causing D-1 coaches and NBA Scouts to salivate over the potential, the inner fanboys (or girls) in all of us want to know definitively just who the best player in the class really is. Wiggins has unanimously taken over the top spot according to recruiting services, but the Parker camp (also known as Krzyzewskiville, probably) want to know: Why?
SNYtv recently took a look at that exact question. Unfortunately, the two players have yet to go head-to-head, although not for lack of trying. Wiggins’ CIA Bounce team was slated to play Parker’s Mac Irvin Fire this summer, but Jabari was unable to play due to injury. Post-summer circuit, Wiggins’ high school coach said that he has tried to schedule a meeting, but Illinois, big babies that they are, won’t allow it.
While Parker and Co. are wondering, “What’s going on here?,” Wiggins is focused on the future. Of the ranking dispute, the possible Wildcat said:
There’s been a lot of talk about who’s the best in the country and everything, so [an exhibition] would’ve gave a little idea who came out on top in that game.
Everyone has different opinions. If they think I’m better, then that’s their opinion. I think I’m the best. I’ll put myself before anyone.
I just try to kill whoever is guarding me. I don’t practice to play against people in high school like Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. I practice to play against guys in the NBA because I want to be better than them. I practice to beat the best player in the world because I want to be the best player in the world.
If we didn’t covet Wiggins before, that attitude would make us want him now. While we may not see him challenge Parker in high school, there may be a matchup at the next level. Should Wiggins pick Kentucky (which we recommend), and Parker settle on Duke (and “settle” is really the best word for it), there’s a lot of reason to think that the two teams could meet in the NCAA tournament, possibly even a championship game.
At least, if they’re as good as pundits say they are, which by all accounts seems to be entirely correct. In the same vein as Ali v. Frazier, Bush v. Gore, and King Kong v. Godzilla, high school basketball now has Wiggins v. Parker. Pretty soon, they’ll move to the college stage, and have a bigger audience to whom they can prove their ability.
If Wiggins really wants a primetime matchup, his best bet is deep into March of 2014. Why not choose the team, and coach, who’s been on the biggest roll the last couple years? That’s your best shot to answer this question once and for all, Mr. Wiggins.