Jabari Parker, the #1 recruit for ESPNU‘s class of 2013, has cut his list of potential schools from 10 to five. Parker is still considering BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan St., and Stanford. He has eliminated national power houses Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina, as well as Big East schools Georgetown and DePaul.
Parker attends the Simeon Career Academy, which is in Chicago, so it’s intriguing as to why DePaul, the school in his home town, were taken off the list.
“I think that was the hardest one of them all because he talked about coach Oliver Purnell and things of that nature,” Parker’s coach Robert Smith told ESPN. “It was hard for him to call them and let them know. I understand that. That’s his home school. That’s a rough decision.”
While some may think BYU shouldn’t be on his list, it’s important to note that Parker is a Mormon.
Parker is everything a recruiter wants in a player. He can score anywhere on the floor consistently and is explosive around the rim. He handles the ball well and has good upside to be a great defender. Most importantly, Parker’s potential is absolutely through the roof. There’s no telling how good he can get.
To say this is a blow for the Big East is an understatement. Having the top recruit in the nation in their conference would do wonders for it’s impending deterioration, even if he only stays for one year. While the Hoyas will certainly be disappointed in losing the Parker sweepstakes, it’s even tougher for the Blue Demons. They finally have a good team led by Cleveland Melvin and landing Parker would be an even bigger boost for them.