Jabari Parker's schools list still unwieldy

July, 12, 2012
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Since he was a freshman at Chicago's Simeon High School, every elite coach in the country has dreamed of landing Jabari Parker. Now three years (and then some) into his recruitment, Parker is still providing zero hints.

On Wednesday, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the class of 2013 announced -- via Twitter, naturally -- the list of schools still in the running for his services. That tweet read, simply, "UK, Stanford, michigan state, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, Depaul, UNC. No order." It was favorited 156 times and received 1,162 retweets.

That list doesn't say much, obviously. Perhaps most interesting, or at least most unexpected, is the omission of Illinois, Parker's home-state school and one that has remained among his considerations throughout his recruitment. The firing of Bruce Weber and installation of new coach John Groce appears to have put Parker off the Illini, but there was little indication Parker was seriously considering Illinois in the first place.

Anyway, Parker told ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers that he plans to cut his list down to five schools sometime this fall, and he wants to make his decision in November. He also said he is concerned about geography, about making sure his family can see his games easily, but that he is also going to do what's best for his game and his long-term professional prospects. Pretty boilerplate stuff.

As of right now, Parker has plenty of options to fulfill those criteria. He has every major recruiting force of the past 10 years on his list, not to mention coaches like Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan and Bill Self. He has a hometown program just in case, a homage to his Mormon faith in the selection of BYU, and even a long shot West Coast competitor in Stanford.

Whatever he chooses, he can't really go wrong. Such are the benefits of being Jabari Parker.

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