Sonny Parker, father of Jabari Parker, said that his son will be making visits to Duke and Michigan State soon. Parker is considered the best recruit in the 2013 recruiting class. The forward is 6-8 feet tall and 220 pounds, and attends Simeon in Chicago. He has been getting incredible national attention for the last couple of years including a great amount of recruiting attention. Last year, Parker was the Gatorade National Player of the Year, as a junior.
Several weeks ago Parker released a list of ten schools that he would be choosing between. Of the ten schools, Michigan State was the only member of the Big Ten included, by Parker. The fact that they will also be one of the first teams to host the recruit has to be a good sign for the Spartans. Sonny Parker stated, “It’s a process. He’s had quite a few home visits. He’s going to start taking his visits. It’s the month of October already. It’s going to take time.” The key word there is process. The recruitment of Parker will not be quick or rash, instead methodical. He chose ten teams as options and I expect that he will look thoroughly through all of them before making a choice.
Parker would obviously be a huge get for Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo. He would make any team a national title contender and Michigan State has gone very deep into the tournament without ever having Parker’s level of talent. The last top five ranked player, ranked by Rivals, that Michigan State signed was Shannon Brown, in 2003, who was ranked third in the country. Izzo is the master of doing more with less, if he could hit the proverbial home-run with Parker he could be able to do more with more.
Now, Spartans fans should not necessarily get their hopes up, yet. There are nine other schools that Parker is considering and he will visit more later. However, the fact that Michigan State is one of the first two teams to go is a very good sign for their chances at getting Parker.