Jabari Parker is a rare recruit

The No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 100 is humble but still driven to be the best ever

Originally Published: May 23, 2012
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

Basketball always ranked as the backup plan for Jabari Parker.

Education and his faith came first. They still do.

"Basketball is going to end," Parker said.

Strange talk from a kid who turned 17 in March and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated last week, labeled as the best high school player since LeBron James, who took his game straight from the Ohio prep courts to NBA stardom in 2003.

But that's Parker, a three-time 4A state champion at Chicago's Simeon Career ...

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