In an attempt to entice star recruit Jabari Parker to commit to enroll at BYU next year two Cougars fans pulled out all of the stops during the swingman’s visit to the school.
The two fans, Greg Welch and Tony Brown had 6,300 special tee-shirts printed and distributed them to fans in attendance at the Cougars game Saturday versus Cal State Northridge. The message on the tee-shirts to Parker read “Chicago to Provo” and contained images on them of the Chicago skyline as well as Provo’s Mount Timpanogos. The two Cougars fans raised the money to have the tee-shirts printed up via over 200 donations to the website CougarBoard.com.
Parker is currently the number two recruit in ESPNU’s top 150 for high school basketball players who will be entering into college for the 2013 season. Parker is from Chicago, IL and is currently enrolled at the famed Chicago Simeon Career Academy which was also the Alma Mater for former NBA player Nick Anderson, current NBA star Derrick Rose and the late, great Benji Wilson.
BYU isn’t the only school that Parker is strongly considering attending next fall as the Cougars are one of five universities which have made the 6’8″ future star’s final list. Those other four schools include Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford who all have much stronger basketball programs than that of BYU’s. Parker is expected to make a decision on which university he will commit to sometime in either late December or early January following his visits to each of the five schools that have made his final list.