NCAA Basketball

Jabari Parker: Prized 2013 Recruit Could Wait Until Spring to Decide

At first, it appeared that Jabari Parker was set to announce and sign this upcoming fall.

While a November decision still remains an option for Parker, it now appears that the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2013 could wait things out, and make a selection in the spring.

At 6-foot-8, Parker is the jewel of the class, continuously and well-deservedly being heralded for his skills and potential.

Earlier in July, Parker narrowed his list of potential suitors down to ten schools. Among them, Parker chose to include: Kentucky, Stanford, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, DePaul, and North Carolina.

On Thursday, Parker’s father, Sonny, talked about the potential wait, “We aren’t in a hurry. He can pretty much go anywhere he wants to go and can take his time. We’re in a good position to take his time and get it right the first time. We’d like to get it over with, but there’s no rush. Like I told him, if you aren’t ready, do it in the spring. If they want you bad enough, they’ll wait. He’s the No. 1 player.”

Last season, as a junior at Simeon Career Academy (IL), Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 3.3 blocks per game. With a slew of awards under his belt, Parker and Simeon are shooting for a fourth consecutive state championship in 2012-13.

The forward missed the second half of July, while recovering from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. Parker was expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury, but could end of resting up to ten, as a precaution.

Parker will likely visit schools this fall, possibly even trimming his list, prior to planning out those trips.

While there isn’t much doubt that one of his ten finalists will undoubtedly be overwhelmed with his future services, the wait to see just who it will be, could last longer than expected.


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