Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Parker's dad unsure of Jabari's choice
By Scott Powers
Chicago Simeon Career Academy forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 2 senior, has yet to decide on a college just days before a press conference that was scheduled to announce his decision, his father said Tuesday.
Last week, Parker scheduled a press conference at Simeon for Thursday at 3 p.m. CST. He will decide between BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.
The announcement will be held on ESPNU.
"He's still weighing things," Parker's father, Sonny Parker said. "I'm his dad. I don't know where he's going to. I could ask him what school he's going to, and he'll say I'm not 100 percent sure. Hopefully, he'll know something by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
"It's a mystery to me. He'll make the right decision. We know he'll make the right decision for him."
Sonny had told USA Today last week that he thought his son would decide between Duke and Michigan State. On Tuesday, Sonny said he believed all the teams were still in the mix.
"That was how I felt at that particular time," Sonny said. "They've been in there since his freshman year. That's why I looked at those schools with coach [Tom] Izzo and Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski], but that's because they were recruiting him the longest. He's still looking at all the schools. It could be anyone still."
None of the schools has quit recruiting Parker, according to Sonny. Sonny said Florida coach Billy Donovan was at Parker's game Monday, and all the coaches have continued to call.
Sonny also said Parker came back too soon this season after fracturing a bone in his foot in July. Parker hadn't practiced prior to playing in Simeon's season opener on Dec. 1. He also played in Simeon's two out-of-state games last week.
Parker sat out Monday's game and is expected to rehab and rest for at least most of December. He could play again in the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, which runs Dec. 27-29, but Sonny said his son's exact return date is unknown.
"He's not ready to play," Sonny said. "He shouldn't have been playing in the first place. He's been doing good in practice, but practice is different than games. He has to continue to do his rehab and get his body back. It's about his future in terms of his health. If he can continue to do his rehab and then practice with no contact and then go full practice, he can play. Right now, he's a little ways away."
As a junior, Parker was named the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year, Illinois' Mr. Basketball and the national Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game.