Jabari Parker’s Trails of Success


The number one 2013 recruit, Jabari Parker has his eyes set on the top colleges he would want to attend. He has been on fire – last season, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 1.4 steals a game. Can we scream NBA talent? That is the definition of an all-around player. Derrick Rose, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, has been excited to see this young star shine. Rose even said, “that Parker has a talent and the skill-set that is very rare at his age.” Rose and Parker share a unique bond. They both overcame a poverty-stricken city. Jabari is one of the top recruits that many schools desperately want and need.

Parker has mentioned the schools that he would like to go to. Here are the schools as followed: Duke, Michigan State, Stanford, Florida, and BYU. Illinois and DePaul would have been in the running, but due to coaching changes, Parker did not feel that the chemistry would be in-sync. You can not put a new system in with a new coach and make everything fluent. It has to take time.

As this trail concludes, anther opportuntity has arisen. Parker has the ability to now go and serve on a mission. In his religion, at the age of 18 years old, you can now serve on a mission. He will be 18 years old in March. Parker has stated “that he will be going to college, no matter what.” He is following the trend set by his older brother. His brother served for two years, then went into college. Jabari has different trails that he will have to choose in a matter of time. Which one will he choose? A path that leads him into the NBA or the path that is destined to serve for his religion? We shall see in due time.

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