Jabari Parker recently led his Simeon Academy Wolverines to an 81-68 victory over Oak Hill Academy. What does his latest box score tell us?
It tells us something important to Parker’s future. He’s healthy. Parker scored a game-high 28 points on 12 of 19 shooting. He was three of eight from long range and added in eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal. He also tied for a game-high in minutes played, which is key to what the box score tells us about Parker’s health.
“It’s a big-time win, national scene, playing in (Springfield) in front of everybody,” Parker said. “We’re finally showing how good of a team we are. I know in the last couple of games we weren’t able to do that because we were playing catch up.”
Up next for the Wolverines? They take on the only Illinois team ranked high than them, Whitney Young, and their star player Jahlil Okafor. Okafor has said in various interviews the past few months that he wants to prove he is the best player in Chicago. Let’s see if Parker has anything to say about that.
“We’re looking toward them,” the 6-foot-8 forward said. “For bragging rights, to tell them that we’re the big dog, we’re the top dog and it’s always going to be that when we’re in the city of Chicago.”
Until the Wolverines beat Whitney Young Saturday, they will be looking up at the top ranked teams in the country, but the bad news for those teams? Parker is back baby, and he will be coming for Whitney Young this Saturday.