Tomorrow on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET, Jabari Parker will have all our eyes and ears as he makes his official announcement on where he will play his collegiate basketball. Parker has his list narrowed down to five schools, Duke, Michigan State, Florida, BYU, and Stanford, but I think most of us can agree this is a two school race.
Parker will either end up at Duke playing for Mike Krzyzewski or he will stick close to home and attend Michigan State. Both Tom Izzo and Coach K are exactly what Parker is looking for in a head coach. They’re both more than well-established and have outstanding resumes, traditions, and reputations. More importantly, both programs offer Parker a chance to win right away as he will likely be a one-and-done athlete.
Even though it seems to be a toss up, I expect Parker to announce that he will be taking his talents up to East Lansing, MI tomorrow; and Tom Izzo will be the happiest man in the country as he doesn’t have a single recruit from the 2013 class thus far.
When making college choices, distance usually always comes into consideration. Michigan State is much closer to Parker’s hometown of Chicago, IL and if he were to play for the Spartans, he would be able to play in front of his friends and family. Not to mention, with his father’s fear of flying, he would be able to attend many more of his son’s games.
The other question comes in regards to his supporting cast. As Duke loses a lot of their talent next season with guys such as Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry graduating, Parker will be surrounded by the experience needed to bring home a national championship at Michigan State.