The future of the NBA may have been on display when Duke and Kansas squared off on Tuesday night but all anyone seemed to be talking about was the past. Highly touted freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke -- who grabbed the spotlight in the teams' Champions Classic showdown in Chicago as anticipated -- had hoops fans on Twitter invoking the names of NBA All-Stars past and present like LeBron James, Grant Hill, Carmelo Anthony and Tracy McGrady.
With his polished-beyond-his-years combination of power and finesse, Parker, who drained four three-point shots in a 19-point first half, most frequently drew comparison to Melo and Pierce. Meanwhile, Wiggins' off-the-charts athleticism and late-game takeover had fans dropping names from Gerald Green to Michael Jordan as Kansas pulled out a 94-83 win.
Here is a look at several of the NBA players that these teens who figure to among the top picks in the 2014 NBA Draft were being compared to as they played just their second games in college: