Jan 16, 2012; Springfield, MA, USA; Chicago Simeon Wolverines forward Jabari Parker (22) holds the ball while being guarded by Findlay Pilots forward Winston Shepard (right) during the first half at Blake Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball Recruiting: Jabari Parker Will Announce Decision In November


Jabari Parker, the number one player in the entire nation (in the 2013 recruiting class), will be making his college decision in an announcement he plans to make in November.

He does not want to let the process drag out during his senior season at Chicago Simeon so that all of the distractions will be cleared and he can focus on his game.

“It’s a lot of schools on my list right now. I’m on a setback not making as much progress as I should be but I’m looking to make my choice in November. I want to do it for me because I want to get it over with before the season starts,” Parker told SNY.tv via phone.

Parker who is 6’7″ was recently compared to Lebron James in a recent Sports Illustrated story, and mentioned that he was flattered by the comments.“I want to do it for me because I want to get it over with before the season starts.”

Parker’s list currently includes these 14 schools: BYU, UConn, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State and Washington.

He plans to cut the list to “about eight” sometime “over the summer.” He has really close relations with Coach K of Duke and that has many fans thinking he will commit to the Blue Devils, however he also has close ties to Michigan State’s Tom Izzo as well. Who knows!? He may choose another school that people won’t expect. Time will tell.

Parker is considered to be a one-and-done talent that would like to compete for a National Championship in his one year of playing.

An issue that Parker faces is his religion and his religious obligations. He is a devout Mormon. The issue he faces is whether he will take the traditional two year mission once he turns 19. This is an issue that current Tar Heel, Stilman White, has faced and he has decided to leave after his freshman season for the mission. Parker says he has not made a decision, but if he does, he could miss the first two seasons of his professional career.

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  • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

    I still think he ends up at Depaul or Illinois but Tar Heel Nation would go CRAZY if this guy landed in Chapel Hill

    • ma471g

       @KIH Matt Agree – lots of mentions of Michigan State lately too.  If he goes the Depaul, Illinois, or MSU, it will likely be no harm/no foul for UNC.  Now if he ends up at Dook or UK different story.

      • joshua hastings

         @ma471g exactly, as you said, as long as he doesn’t end up down the road at that “other” school or at “the 1 and done factory” in blue grass country then Heel fans can live with it no matter where he picks. But i’d still LOVE him in the Dean Dome running good ol roy’s uptempo offense

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  • joshua hastings

    Personally I think it’s State that has the edge with all the talk about his close relationship with coach Izzo and their location. Plus, you’ve gotta think that they have the best shot at the championship in the 1 year he’s there presumably and from what’s been reported that’s one of his criteria.