Today was 2013 McDonald’s All-American media day with the McDAAG tipping off tomorrow at about 8:30. Jabari Parker, the nation's best recruit is from right here in Chicago (Neil F. Simeon Career Academy). Jabari picked the Duke Blue Devils over DePaul and Illinois locally, and a multitude of marquee college basketball teams nationally.
Jabari Parker is getting a ton of publicity this week. He appeared on ABC 7 WLS "Windy City LIVE!" this morning with Emmy-winner Ryan Chiaverini. Jabari even talked about Jared from Subway. In this exclusive I did with Parker a few hours ago he discusses why he chose Duke, articulates what has made Simeon such a traditional powerhouse. Jabari Parker also tells us why he looks up to Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, a former Simeon Wolverine. Other Wolverines who went on to play at the college level include Nick Anderson, Bryant Notree, Ervin Small and Calvin Brock.
We have him going third overall in our 2014 NBA Mock Draft.
His father, Sonny Parker played in the NBA and is a very prominent and well known figure in the Chicago Public League.There is a very prominent Simeon-to-the-University of Illinois heritage. Of course, D. Rose and Jabari Parker didn't adhere to that. Which is a bummer for Illini fans, but Parker's Simeon teammates Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate are headed to Champaign next year. And Illinois offered another Wolverine in the next graduating class. So the pipeline is open again
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