Where Will Jabari Parker End Up?

By Dave Daniels

Chicago Simeon Career Academy forward Jabari Parker, the nation’s No. 1-ranked senior, will make official visits to Duke and Michigan State and will make a commitment later this year since he narrowed his list to 5 schools.

Parker’s list of 5 schools featured BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford. On Parker’s original top ten list, only Georgetown and Kentucky out of the top ten were the schools that didn’t make in-home visits.

Parker’s father, Sonny Parker, said his son would visit Duke at the end of October and was unsure of the date of the Michigan State visit.

Florida coach Billy Donovan was also expected to visit Parker at Simeon in July.

“From there, we’ll probably sit down and evaluate all his home visits and decide which will be his official visits,” Sonny said. “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.”

Connecticut was the only school not on Parker’s original list that was allowed an in-home visit. New to the top 10 Connecticut, coach Kevin Ollie was at Parker’s home in November, but was ultimately not on the top 5 list.

“It was a great home visit,” Sonny said. “Kevin Ollie, him being a former player, being in the NBA, now the coach at UConn, they have a great program. Jabari chose to have UConn come in.”

Personally, I think Parker is a perfect fit at Michigan State. I know Izzo rarely has the one-and-done players come to his team, but Parker is a different animal. I believe it will come down to Coach K and Izzo, and I believe Parker is a player more of Izzo’s style than Coach K.

As a junior, Parker was named the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year, Illinois’ Mr. Basketball and the national Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per contest.

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