Coach: Jabari Parker to visit Gators
Simeon Career Academy (Chicago) forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 1-ranked senior, has scheduled an official visit to Florida to go along with his upcoming visits to Duke and Michigan State, his high school coach said Thursday.
Parker will visit Florida from Nov. 2-4, according to Simeon coach Robert Smith. Parker also is scheduled to visit Duke on Oct. 27 and Michigan State at an unknown date.
With the three visits scheduled, Parker is expected to add only two more schools to his official top-5 list. Smith believes Smith will release the full list this week.
Parker released a list of 10 schools he was considering in July, and it included 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. Connecticut was the only school allowed a home visit that didn't make that original list.
Smith believes there is a common thread between the schools Parker has picked for his official visits.
"For the most part, they got great coaches," Smith said. "They all have great history. They all have guys who played at his position and played in the NBA. The schools themselves are three great academic schools. Those are things they look at.
"He's looking at schools to see how they can prepare him. He watched the ESPN movie 'Broke' the other day, and we had a conversation about that. He saw how a lot of people financially were out of money now. That's something he's really looking at. He doesn't want that to happen."
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.