At the Hoophall Classic last Monday, Jabari Parker started off with Simeon Academy’s first 11 points of the game and led the Wolverines to a 81-68 victory over powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (W.Va.). Parker finished with 28 points and 5 rebounds; he clearly is recovering well from his foot fracture during last summer.
Five days before that, a 17-year-old named Tyrone Lawson was shot and killed after Simeon’s victory over Morgan Park 53-51 at Chicago State.
“For me, it was kind of emotional,” Parker said on Monday. “Seeing my city go down with such turmoil.”
The Wolverines play at Chicago State again tomorrow, and the question must be asked: should Chicago be worried about this game?
That is a very complicated issue and one that I am probably not qualified to fully comment on. Here’s hoping the security at the event is increased and that young folks going to the game stay careful out there.
The events last week caused many of Parker’s college bound teammates to say that they just wanted to get to college so that they could get away from Chicago’s violence. This is unfortunate, but you have to see where these players are coming from. Maybe that is a reason that most of Chicago’s basketball talent don’t go to CSU, DePaul, or Loyola. It seems like Chicago’s best players (Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Parker) all leave town for school, and until the level of violence in this city decreases, can you really blame them?