Jabari Parker suffered a fracture in his foot over the summer that will keep him out of Simeon Academy’s season opener. When I spoke to Parker at the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards, I did notice a slight limp and this was a couple weeks before news of his fracture became public. It should have occurred to me at the time that something was wrong, but it did not. Simeon will have Parker back by the end of the year, which is the most important thing. Parker though is hopeful they can keep it together while he is gone.
“Hopefully with me being out they can keep it there, and when I come back it can be easier,” Parker told the Chicago Tribune. “I think they can sustain the No. 1 spot in the country. We have all the pieces. There’s so much talent.”
Parker’s replacement in the lineup was supposed to be 6-foot-7 D.J. Williams; Parker ended up playing the season opener though he played limited minutes.
Guards Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate will both go to the University of Illinois next season, so it is not like the Wolverines don’t have more talent than Parker on the team. Kendall Pollard is a 6-5 forward who will go to Dayton University.
“We can win with or without him,” Pollard said to the Tribune, although they ended up winning with him. “It would be a pleasure to have him, but we are going to still roll without him.”
The Wolverines ended up having a pretty fantastic year, so you won’t hear any complaints from Simeon’s players.