Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably heard about the performances of three true freshman during Thursday night’s Champions’ Classic at the United Center in Chicago.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle had 27 points and 13 rebounds in 78-74 loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins had 22 points and eight rebounds in just 25 minutes while Duke Blue Devils’ forward forward Jabari Parker had 27 points and nine rebounds in Kansas’ 94-83 victory over Duke.
Obviously, every NBA team wants their hands on one of these kids and the practice of “tanking” to get one has been widely discussed. After Tuesday night’s games finished, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked about tanking.
“As an American, I wouldn’t like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose,” Krzyzewski told ESPN. “I can’t even fathom — I can’t go there. I can’t believe that that would happen. Maybe I’m naive and I’m going to go read a fairy tale after this.”