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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Jabari Parker to attempt to play on Saturday night

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Simeon Career Academy forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 2-ranked senior, will attempt to play in his team's season-opener Saturday despite not having played since July because of a fractured right foot, his father said.

Parker suffered the injury while playing with Team USA at the FIBA under-17 World Championships in Lithuania in July. He was not expected to play as of Friday, and his dad said on Nov. 23 he was still wearing a boot and undergoing rehab. Sonny Parker said his son had not practiced since the injury and worked out in a gym earlier Saturday.

"He wants to play," Parker's father said Saturday night. "He called his mom and said, 'Bring my stuff. I'm ready.' "

Sonny Parker said he was not worried his son was risking further injury.

"He's done it before," Sonny said. "I trust him. He's a different breed of player."

Simeon opens its season against Milton (Ga.) in the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC on Saturday night.

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.

Parker was ESPN's No. 1-ranked player until Andrew Wiggins reclassified recently from the Class of 2014 to the Class of 2013.