Jabari Parker did a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a little bit of everything else in a tremendous first half that ended with his Duke Blue Devils leading the Kansas Jayhawks, 42-40.
The freshman, playing in his hometown of Chicago, entered the half with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, an assist and a block in a performance that frequently left jaws dropped. Parker shot 6-10 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc, and knocked down all three of his free throws.
It has been the most critical of performances, as most of the Blue Devils have been very underwhelming against an athletic and strong Jayhawk squad. Amile Jefferson (7 points, rebound) and Tyler Thornton (2 rebounds, 2 assists, strong defense) have been the only other bright spots, aside from Parker.
For Kansas, Perry Ellis has been the star, knocking down numerous tough shots and finishing the first half with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal. Joel Embiid has also been a force in the paint, including a thunderous block of Amile Jefferson.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins, who received most of the attention for the Jayhawks, turned in a relatively quiet first half, scoring 6 points and pulling in 4 rebounds.
Both Parker and Wiggins currently have two fouls.