Simeon Career Academy’s Jabari Parker, the No. 1 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, has rescheduled his official visit to Michigan State. The Spartans are listed along with BYU, Duke, Florida and Stanford in Parker’s top-5.
Reported by Diamond Leung of MLive.com, Parker is set to visit the Michigan State campus next weekend (Oct. 20-21). He was originally set to make the trip to East Lansing two weeks ago but due to scheduling conflicts, had to cancel. Parker is also set to visit Duke on October 27 for their first exhbition game of the 2012-13 season and Florida on November 2-4. Parker has visited both campuses of BYU and Stanford but has not scheduled official visits to both schools. The plan all along has been for Parker to make a decision on his college choice during the fall signing period (Nov. 14-21).
The Blue Devils and Spartans have shared the role as favorite for the service’s of the 6-8 small forward throughout his entire recruitment and it is inevitable that it will come down to those two schools in the end. Duke currently has two commits from the class of 2013 — Matt Jones and Semilore Ojeleye — while Michigan State currently has zero commits.
Parker is also nursing a right foot injury that he suffered in the summer playing for Team USA during the FIBA U17 World Championship. Doctors have told Parker that the fracture in his right foot will completely heal in four to six weeks. He is scheduled to begin rehabilitation in two weeks.
As a junior at Simeon, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. He helped lead Simeon to a school-best record of 33-1 and their third consecutive Class 4A state championship. Parker was recognized as the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year and the first non-senior to capture the Illinois’ Mr. Basketball Award.
By Chad Lykins
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