Jabari Parker Named Mr. Basketball In Illinois For Second Consecutive Year
On Monday, Simeon Academy forward Jabari Parker was announced as the first two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball.
The Chicago Tribune broke the news that the Duke bound Parker won with 315 points and 43 first-place votes.
“It means a lot,” Parker said . “I worked extremely hard to get back and help my team the best I could. I don’t care about the individual awards, but it’s a reflection on my team. Having somebody from Simeon win it again means a lot.”
Parker’s former AAU teammate, Jahlil Okafor, was second in the balloting with 277 points and 40 first-place ballots.
The accolades keep coming for Parker. He won the Morgan Wootten national player of the year award and Gatorade’s Illinois player of the year award. Parker is also in the running for Gatorade’s national award.
Parker joins the Blue Devils, but Kentucky has the number one ranked recruiting class and they are rumored to be the title favorites next year.
“I think it’s fair (Kentucky’s getting the attention); they’re getting a lot of players, but that sometimes doesn’t bring about victories,” Parker said. “I know we have a lot of players coming back. Coach K will have us ready.”
Parker will have a chance to put the Blue Devils on his back next year, and the Wildcats should give him a great obstacle to try and overcome.