Jabari Parker, the top recruit in the country has listed a top ten list for his college of choice. The home town state was disappointed when they found out – their Fighting Illini were not part of the top ten. That is no surprise, with the change at the head coach in Champaign/Urbana.
Parker, who is as big of a recruit out of high school as LeBron James was had this to say about his college selection process: “I want to make my decision in November if that’s possible, I just need to cut it down so I’ll be able to go on visits and make my decision from there.”
Parker wants to narrow his choice to five by the time he begins his senior year at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. Parker is an “A” student, and has aspirations of finishing college. Parker also indicated that location will play a large role in his choice of schools as well. Folks at the University of Illinois had hoped that would mean they were a player in this game, but the firing of Bruce Weber pushed Jabari away from the Fighting Illini.
One factor that Parker did not discuss was his religious decision that would be upcoming. Parker will need to decide to go on a two-year mission trip to spread the church’s faith, as part of the Mormon Church, or no longer stay with the church and skip the trip. That is one big reason Brigham Young University is part of the list.
The rest of the list includes: John Calipari and the national champion
Kentucky Wildcats, Bill Self and the runner up Kansas Jayhawks, Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, Stanford, Florida, Georgetown and local choice DePaul.
Last year at Simeon Academy, Jabari Parker scored 19.5 points per game and ripped down nearly 9 rebounds per game, while dishing out 5 assists. Simeon won the state title in 3A for the third straight year in Illinois. Parker was chosen the Illinois Mr. Basketball and also Gatorade national Player of the Year.