Widely regarded as the nation’s top prospect from the class of 2013, Jabari Parker listed ten finalists back in mid-July.
The surprise team? BYU.
Parker, who is Morman, has made a number of unofficial trips to the Utah-based campus, including one on Thursday night, so that surprise aspect really isn’t very surprising anymore. BYU is a true threat in this race.
Despite interest and heavy pursuit from some of the nation’s programs, the Cougars remain steadily in the discussion to land the number one recruit.
Parker, who stands at 6-foot-8, currently attends Simeon Career Academy (IL), where he has led the high school to three consecutive state championships.
Parker’s trip to BYU on Thursday also marked the opening game for the Cougars’ football team. BYU defeated Washington State last night by a final score of 30-6.
While many expect Parker to end up at one of college basketball’s elite programs, the thought of the nation’s best prospect heading to BYU shouldn’t be that unexpected.
Parker would, by far, be the highest rated prospect that BYU has landed in their school’s history, and that includes former point guard and current Boston Celtics‘ general manager, Danny Ainge.
DePaul remains as the only in-state institution on Parker’s list of ten schools, while the others in the hunt include Kentucky, Michigan State, Florida, Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown, Kansas, and Stanford.
Parker is reportedly eying a November decision, however that remains to be determined.
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