Jabari Parker Signs Letter of Intent

By Anthony Lenahan
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

After announcing he will attend Duke University to play basketball starting this fall, Jabari Parker has made the Blue Devils a team to look out for next season.  Parker made his decision four months ago, but he has now made it official as he signed his letter of intent yesterday.

The No. 2 recruit for the class of 2013 had to wait till the spring signing period to sign his letter because he announced his decision on the final day of the fall signing period.  Regardless of when he signed, there was no doubt that he wasn’t going to change his decision.

Parker is a 6-foot-8-inch forward who played his high school ball for national powerhouse, Simeon Career Academy.  Simeon is located in his hometown of Chicago.

Simeon won four straight state championships with Parker leading the way since he was a freshman in high school.  In both his junior and senior seasons, Parker earned himself the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Illinois.  By doing that, he became the first two-time Mr. Basketball winner in Illinois.

His outstanding high school career has developed him into becoming one of the most talented and highly anticipated recruits over the past couple of years.

Parker has been over-shadowed by top recruit Andrew Wiggins, but Parker has the potential to be just as good as Wiggins is.  With Parker going to Duke and Wiggins potentially going to North Carolina, how great would it be to see these two stars in the making square off twice in college basketball’s greatest rivalry?

Regardless of where Wiggins goes, Parker will be attending Duke and playing for one of the greatest coaches of all time.  He will be able to develop into a great player and be ready for the next level.

Not many Duke players are one and dones, and hopefully Parker won’t be one of the few to do that under Mike Krzyzewski.

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