Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 4:35 pm  |  12 responses

Jabari Parker Commits to Duke

The wait is over. One of the most highly touted high school basketball players in recent memory, Jabari Parker, announced this afternoon he will be attending Duke University next fall. The 6-8 small forward was also considering Michigan State, Florida, BYU and Stanford. Look out for an exclusive interview with the man of the hour in a few. From ESPN: “Jabari Parker, the nation’s No. 2 senior, committed to Duke during a press conference at his school on Thursday. Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward from Simeon Career Academy, chose the Blue Devils over BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford. Hats representing all five schools were situated on a table in the Simeon gym, which was filled with teammates, students and the media. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has had good luck with recruits in his native Chicago. He also landed Jon Scheyer (Glenbrook North), Sean Dockery (Julian), Michael Thompson (Providence) and Corey Maggette (Fenwick) from the area. Parker is Simeon’s biggest recruit since Derrick Rose, who was ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2007 and attended Memphis before becoming the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. Nick Anderson, Bobby Simmons and Ben Wilson are also among the players who have attended Simeon. Parker’s recruitment was kept in a tight circle. Only Parker’s father Sonny Parker, a former NBA player, his mother Lola Parker and Simeon coach Robert Smith handled his recruitment. College coaches weren’t even allowed to have Parker’s cell phone number. They had to go through his parents to talk to him.”

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  • Bing

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!! I thought he was smart.

  • http://twitter.com/SUSPECTINT44 TedBurner

    I hope he can get healthy so he can showcase his true talents. He hasn’t looked good since coming off the foot injury.

  • RayJr

    Andrew Wiggins > Jabari Parker

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  • will

    oh well byu :(

  • TBRK

    better at what??? handling?? passing??? scoring???……anything??? Compare Andrew Wiggins with a young Gerald Green

  • RayJr

    Yeah I see that comparison. Wiggins has more NBA potential…the thing Jabari looks like he lacks is Wiggins’ explosiveness

  • http://twitter.com/SUSPECTINT44 TedBurner

    Don’t get me wrong, Jabari tough. But if comparing Wiggins with Gerald Green then you can’t really be watching them play. Wiggins more like Orlando-T McGrady athletic slasher that can do anything on the court, Parker more fundamentally sound like P. Pierce.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Perfect choice. Can’t wait to hopefully see Duke play Kentucky next season

  • Redd

    Even to the end I was hoping he’d stay in-state. But we got another possible upcoming #1 pick in Jahlil Okafor who may go to Illini or DePaul.

  • jh

    smart enough to go to Duke, lol