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NCAA Basketball

Jabari Parker: Could Miss Time

The top recruit in the country will take some time off in the near future. Simeon Academy forward Jabari Parker is set to have a MRI on his right heel back in Chicago, and will likely miss the July evaluation period.

The forward injured himself playing for Team USAin the FIBA u17 World Championships in Lithuania. His team played without him in the semifinals game, while he played just 14 minutes in the title game. Parker’s father Sonny said: “We got to get it checked out and make sure he’s comfortable. His feet are the most important thing”.

Parker will most likely miss the Peach Jam, which is Nike’s EYBL Finals –
where he was going to play with Mac Irvin Fire. Another set back for Parker will possibly the #1 ranking in the nation, but that is something he is not concerned with. Julius Randle is the second rated player in the incoming senior class.

Last week, Parker put together a list of ten schools he is interested in for his playing services in 2013 – 2014. The big news in the state of Illinois was that the
Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois was not on the list. That has folks in the Land of Lincoln in an uproar.

Parker scored nearly 20 points and ripped down just shy of 9 rebounds per game last year for Simeon. His team has won three straight state titles, and would be the first player since the Peoria Manual duo of Sergio McClain and Marcus Griffin to win state championships in all four years of high school, within the state of Illinois.