Jabari Parker to visit Duke, MSU
Chicago Simeon Career Academy forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 1-ranked senior, will make official visits to Duke and Michigan State and will soon add three other schools to his top-5 list before making a commitment in November, his father said on Tuesday.
Parker's father, Sonny Parker, said his son would visit Duke at the end of October and was unsure of the date of the Michigan State visit. Parker is also expected to decide this week on three other schools to visit.
Parker will conclude his in-home visits with North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Tuesday. Williams rescheduled his original visit because he had surgery. Florida coach Billy Donovan is also expected to visit Parker at Simeon on Tuesday.
"From there, we'll probably sit down and evaluate all his home visits and decide which will be his official visits," Sonny said. "It's a process. He's had quite a few home visits. He's going to start taking his visits. It's the month of October already. It's going to take time."
Parker released a list of 10 schools he was considering in July, and it featured BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford. Of that list, Georgetown and Kentucky were the only schools that didn't make in-home visits. Sonny was unsure whether that meant those two schools had no chance to make his son's top-5 list.
Connecticut was the only school not on Parker's original list that was allowed an in-home visit. Newly named Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was at Parker's home last week.
"It was a great home visit," Sonny said. "Kevin Ollie, him being a former player, being in the NBA, now the coach at UConn, they have a great program. Jabari chose to have UConn come in."
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 per contest.