The #1 prospect in the 2013 class small forward Jabari Parker casually listed his top ten schools via twitter with UNC still in the race. Parker has yet to make official visits and still plans on trimming his list after AAU season ends and before November when he has said he expects to announce his decision.
Parker who was recently featured in Sports Illustrated and dubbed the “next LeBron James” by SI (no pressure or anything Jabari) has been closely sheltered by his parents lately. His father came out and stated that regardless of NCAA rules, he will not allow coaches to call or text his son and everything goes through him.
Parker’s family shut down all media communication last month after the SI interview as well. Citing the fact that Jabari has basketball obligations 24/7 and constant travel demands (not to mention school) the distractions were piling up for the young man and I applaud his Mother and Father for stepping in and calming some of the noise for their son.
Parker injured his toe while competing on the gold medal winning USA-U17 team and was in and out of the lineup. Typically late July and August are big months for college basketball recruiting, with the new rules though it’s not as big as it used to be. It has been rumored all along that Parker would stay near his hometown of Chicago, IL and play for a team like Depaul or Illinois.
Roy Williams hasn’t jumped to offer any other perimeter players other than Parker and Troy Williams in the 2013 class. With a very deep rotation on the wings on the current roster, convincing a player like Parker to come to Chapel Hill may prove difficult. Parker has one and done written all over him, he’s the type of player who could skip college (remember when they used to do that?). He goes to any school in the nation and starts from day one, he wants to be a star and a top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Don’t be surprised if Parker’s decision drags on past November. But for now UNC fans, it’s good to be in the top 10.
UK, Stanford, michigan state, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, Depaul, UNC. No order.
— Jabari Parker (@JabariParker22) July 11, 2012