Simeon Vocational High School, Chicago IL
6-7, 215 SF
Scout Ranking: ***** #1 Small Forward, #1 Overall
Rivals Ranking: ***** #1 Small Forward, #1 Overall
ESPN Ranking: ***** #1 Small Forward, #1 Overall
It is without a question that Jabari Parker is the jewel of the 2013 class. All three major ranking outlets have him as the #1 player at his position and #1 overall. He has Michael-Kidd Gilchrist size and the speed and agility of a guard. He can also shoot, play defense and break a man down on a cross over dribble to take the ball in for a nasty dunk.
Parker’s list of offers is as long as it is diverse: BYU, Duke, DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Utah and Washington.
Parker was named the 2011-2012 Gatorade National Boys’ Player of the Year. He is only the fourth junior to win the award in it’s history. ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said of Parker, “Jabari is a once-in-a-lifetime player and person. As a person, he is incredible, humble and hard-working, regardless of his accolades.” Parker currently carries a 3.63 GPA as a Junior in high school.
He would be a perfect fit at Kentucky and for John Calipari’s system. His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, something that Cal’s players have been required to do ever since he stepped foot in Lexington. He has a high basketball IQ and is a high character individual, two things that seem to also be requirements as of late to put on the Wildcat blue and white.
He does not have a front runner at the moment and there is no timetable for his announcement. Parker may be one of those players that leaves his decision a mystery until the day he signs. Look for him to cut his list over the summer.