2013 Star Prospect Jabari Parker Down to Five Schools
Jabari Parker Down to Five
According to a report by ESPNChicago.com, Jabari Parker, the nation’s number one prospects from the class of 2013, is down to five schools.
After trimming his list to ten late in the summer, Parker then added UConn to his potential suitors, raising his list to 11. Well, six of the schools were eliminated on Friday, as Parker is now down to five.
The crown jewel of the senior class will undoubtedly have an instant impact wherever he decides to play next season, but for the five programs that made Friday’s cut, the news is taken with a great sigh of relief
Parker stands at 6-foot-8 and is currently preparing for his senior season at Simeon Career Academy (IL), where the forward is pursuing his fourth consecutive state championship.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five programs that made the latest cut:
The Cougars, yes the Cougars are among the five finalists for Parker. It has been widely publicized that Parker is Mormon and that connection has kept head coach Dave Rose in the hunt. If BYU can land the nation’s top prospect it would, by far, be their biggest recruiting haul in school history. This, coming from a program that once produced current Boston Celtics GM, Danny Ainge.
Head coach Johnny Dawkins has been able to land top-100 recruits at Stanford in each of the past two seasons, but Parker would undoubtedly be his biggest haul to date. Aside from BYU, which is located in Utah, Stanford is the only west coast squad looking to reel in this Illinois-prospect.
A prospect out of the Chicago-area is likely to reel in plenty of attention from Big Ten and Midwest programs. For Parker, nearly every college in the country attempted to get involved with his recruitment at one point or another, but Michigan State is only Big Ten or Midwest program left standing at this point. Location clearly isn’t an issue for Parker, but head coach Tom Izzo is hoping that he stays somewhat close to home.
With Parker’s list down to five, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has found himself in a recruiting race with former assistant coach Johnny Dawkins of Stanford. The ACC power and college basketball’s winningest coach to date is certainly enough to sway Parker in favor of the Blue Devils. Parker will visit the Durham-campus during the weekend of Oct. 27.
News emerged earlier this week that Parker will officially visit Florida during the weekend of Nov. 2. Ironically enough, Parker is also set on making a decision next month, so the Gators may be one of the last few teams to stake their claim for the nation’s top talent. Can Billy Donovan sway Parker to Gainesville next year?