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Basketball Thu Nov 08 2012
Jabari Parker's brilliance has been so consistent that the lead-up to his final season at Simeon has been rather subdued. What's even left for him to accomplish? Run down the list: three-for-three in state championships, a Sports Illustrated cover story, the first junior to win Mr. Basketball in Illinois, the first freshman to play varsity at Simeon ever. There's really nothing left for Parker but picking a college and winning a fourth state championship to match Peoria Manual's record run from the mid-90s.
But he may have to wait a little longer to start the victory lap. Jabari's father, Sonny Parker, revealed in an interview yesterday that his son is still recovering from a foot injury that's held him out of action for four months. He has an MRI scheduled for November 19 and likely won't be ready for Simeon's much-hyped season opener against Georgia's Milton High at the Chicago Elite Classic on December 1.
Parker will have plenty to occupy his mind while he's still recovering though, since he still hasn't made a college choice. He recently narrowed his list to five: BYU, Stanford, Michigan State, Florida, and Duke. And Simeon, much as they'll miss the city's best player, has the depth to weather Parker's absence. One of the Wolverines' other Division I prospects like Kendall Pollard, Jaylon Tate, or Kendrick Nunn will likely pick up the slack.
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