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Matchup with Second Best Team in Illinois Looms for Jabari Parker’s Simeon Academy

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

As initially reported by the Chicago Tribune, Simeon Academy had a pretty sloppy game after a nine hour bus ride from Tennessee on Sunday. It was so sloppy that they won 61-38; that’s how good they are.

“Everybody was sloppy,” Jabari Parker told the Chicago Tribune, “even me.”

Head Coach Robert Smith knows Simeon will be in for trouble Wednesday night against No. 2 Morgan Park if it continues.

“We didn’t get back to Chicago until 7:30. Guys were probably a little worn down,” Smith admitted to the Tribune. “We saw some good stuff defensively. That’s all we’re really concerned about, especially going into our next game. It is going to be a war. They are the second-best team right now in the state.”

Parker has started to look sharp though as the season continues, which is bad news for every other high school basketball team in Illinois. The Wolverines have won three straight state titles and are going for number four this year. Parker won the Gatorade High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year award last year and is in the running for it again this year.

The Duke bound forward registered game-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and three blocked shots. If that is the Parker we can expect at Duke, then college basketball fans everywhere are in for a real treat. For now though, Parker will be no. 2 Morgan Park’s problem to solve and they shouldn’t expect the Wolverines to come out sloppy.