Friday, June 22, 2012
No fracture for Jabari Parker
By Scott Powers
Jabari Parker, the nation's top-ranked rising senior from Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, suffered a hairline fracture in his left big toe earlier this week, an X-ray revealed. But a subsequent X-ray did not show any signs of the injury, according to Parker's father, Sonny Parker, on Friday.
Jabari had his left foot stepped on during a Team USA 17-and-under practice on Tuesday, and an X-ray revealed a hairline fracture at the tip of his big left toe, according to Sonny. Parker's mother, Lola, asked for another X-ray to be taken on Wednesday, and that one showed no fracture.
"He's completely healed," Sonny said. "Our prayers were answered. You hear about these things, you read about these things. It actually happens."
Sonny said Jabari likely could have played whether or not the X-ray had come back negative.
Parker traveled with the USA team to the Canary Islands on Thursday. The team will compete in the Spain U17 International Invitational from June 24-25 and in the FIBA U17 World Championship from June 29-July 8.
Parker, who was the ESPNChicago.com 2011-2012 Player of the Year, is expected to narrow his college list this summer and begin taking visits. He has said he'd like to make a decision in November.