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  • Duke freshman Jabari Parker, right, is ready today to play in the NBA, according to Taj Gibson of the Bulls.

    Duke freshman Jabari Parker, right, is ready today to play in the NBA, according to Taj Gibson of the Bulls.
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College basketball was a popular topic at the Berto Center the past two days.

Many of the Bulls attended Tuesday's doubleheader, which featured Kansas beating Duke and Michigan State topping Kentucky.

Taj Gibson doesn't have a rooting interest, necessarily, having gone to USC, but he did have a favorite player -- Duke's Jabari Parker. Gibson said he's gotten to know Parker, a Chicago native who attended Simeon.

"I think he can play in the NBA right now," Gibson said of Parker. "He's real humble. He works hard. He's real team-oriented. He's a great kid off the court, so I'm happy for him.

"If I'm a GM, I would take Jabari (No. 1 in the 2014 NBA draft), because he's inside-out, great on and off the court. Not to judge the other guys, they're all great talents. I just like what I saw out of Jabari last night."

Asked for a comparison, Gibson mentioned New York's Carmelo Anthony as a big player who can score in a variety of ways.

Hinrich skips the trash:

Since the Bulls have no players from Michigan State, Kirk Hinrich was the big winner Tuesday. His Kansas Jayhawks knocked off Duke, giving him bragging rights over teammates Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Mike Dunleavy.

"He didn't really go too hard on them," Taj Gibson reported. "He's just so cocky when it comes to his school. So he's just always in the corner (of the locker room) always nonchalant. He always thinks he doesn't have to say much. He just knows that Kansas is always going to win.

"Lately, he's been on a hot streak. His Kansas City Chiefs are winning, Kansas Jayhawks are winning. He's just The Man in the locker room."

Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teague, from Kentucky, were both on the losing side, as was Joakim Noah, who watched Florida lose at Wisconsin on Tuesday.

"Nazr's (thing) is he'll see everybody in March," Gibson said. "That's his mentality. Everything out of his mouth is just his team is young, Kentucky is young. Nobody's trying to hear that. Everybody's giving him slack right now."

Bull horns:

Even workaholic coach Tom Thibodeau found time to attend Tuesday's college games at the United Center. "We obviously don't get a chance to get to a lot of college games," he said. "To be in that atmosphere and see those teams was tremendous." ... The Bulls reportedly worked out former Golden State and Charlotte shooting guard Reggie Williams on Tuesday.

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