To 8-year-old Jabari Parker, everything looked like a basketball court.

Sometimes, he played in actual gyms, like the one he and his brother loved at the Mormon church in Hyde Park. Or he'd play elsewhere with some of the kids his father coached.

But by far the most convenient place for showcasing his moves was at home. He'd spend hours watching his father's tapes of basketball games from the '70s or NBA Hardwood Classic documentaries on NBA TV. He'd read articles on basketball stars from decades past and memorize their signature moves.

Then, he'd go downstairs. He'd jump up and hit the top of the entrance into the living room or the kitchen when he walked in. He'd pass his mother in the hallway and do a quick spin move to get around her. He'd do the same to his sisters.

"We were used to it," Jabari's mother, Lola, says laughing. "We always knew in his mind he was always mimicking what he was watching."

Once a month, Lola would wipe her son's fingerprints off the walls. A couple of years ago, she had to put moulding over the entrance to the living room. A big crack had started to show. "Jabari had hit it over and over and over again, I don't know how many times," she says.

For now, the moulding is safe. Ten years later, Parker is nearly 800 miles away, starring on a different — yet very famous — court at Duke.

Jabari remains much the same. He still loves basketball and calls himself a student of the game. He still mimics moves he sees other talented players do, which has made him college basketball's most versatile player. He still appears destined for NBA stardom, something his older brother has been predicting all along.

Through nine games, he's averaging 22.1 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He is considered a top-three draft pick for June's NBA draft, and he's drawn comparisons to some of college basketball's greatest stars, such as Duke's Grant Hill. His older brother, Christian, puts his television on ESPN and leaves it there all day, every day. "There's always going to a be clip every time they talk about college basketball," Christian says.

Oddly enough, that's a recent development. Entering this season, much of the attention and hype surrounded Kansas freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins. The rest went to Julius Randle, the headliner of an impossibly talented freshman class at Kentucky. Jabari, a top-five recruit and the jewel of Duke's class, entered quietly into the realm of college basketball.