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Gary Harris and Jabari Parker potentially have "one and done" basketball talent, but they also have fairly unique and supportive family situations that encourage their children to seek education. I believe such family situations are attracted to Coach Izzo because State's basketball program is outstanding, but also well balanced within the overall college environment. When is the last time a Kentucky Division I BB player appeared in a major part of a college theatrical performance . . . with the full support of his coach. As Coach Izzo understands these young people are attempting to experiment and find direction in life which certainly includes BB. . . but their is also a place in our culture for 6'8" actors and accountants et al. That is one reason State is such a unique place.
Coach K, Calipari and Roy don't make players one and done, the players do. John Wall, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, etc are NBA ready coming out of high school. Jabari Parker is as well. Whether he picks MSU or Duke or IUPUI he'll still be a one and done and a top 3 pick in the '14 NBA Draft.
Right on. Plus, the NBA could care less about your college "coaching" you get (for the most part). It is all about potential for the NBA. How much did Cal coach D. Rose? Or John Wall?
Rivals report from weekend action focusing on Parker and Young. Will post in both threads.
FT. WAYNE, Ind.- Situated between the Hampton and Dallas sessions of Nike's EYBL, the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam comes at a great time. Ft. Wayne is situated within driving distance of many of the nation's top Midwestern programs and the talent in the Spiece Fieldhouse is notable.
Jabari Parker was back on the court and in top form.
While the focus of the weekend will be the non-EYBL teams, a pair of mainstays of the circuit demanded attention on Friday night as the No. 1 and No. 9 prospects in the nation, Jabari Parker and James Young did their thing on side-by-side courts during the evening's last round of games.
Parker and Young go to work
When the night began, it wasn't in the cards to focus on either the nation's top player in the class of 2013, Jabari Parker, or the No. 9 player, James Young. As it turned out, the two top ten prospects finished the night performing at a high level in side by side games and their performances couldn't be ignored.
It didn't take long for everybody in the building to feel as if they were watching a high level tennis match as eyes ping-ponged back and forth between the 6-foot-8 Parker's Mac Irvin Fire and Young's Family squad while they took care of business side by side.
Last weekend, Parker was absent from the Hampton EYBL because he was busy picking up his national player of the year award. The Chicago (Ill.) Simeon product quickly showed that he was worthy of the honor as he performed at a high level. He seemed to float down the floor to swish deep jumpers, get on the glass and make things happen all over the floor as he and the Fire made easy work of Ohio Varsity. Not because he needed to but because he could, Parker punctuated his evening by sliding along the right baseline to catch the ball and finish with a two-handed reverse jam as he crossed under the hoop to the left side of the floor.
No sooner than Parker had thrown down, Young was next door banging down a heavily contested, deep three. Then, the 6-foot-6 wing showed that he is on his way to turning himself into a legitimate two guard by draining another, and another and another in a barrage of jumpers that didn't look like it would stop. The Troy (Mich.) High product rang up 24 first-half points before shifting it into cruise control to finish with 29 in a thoroughly dominant performance.
James Young had a huge first half for his Family squad.
Afterwards, the crowd around Parker thickened up quickly while Young pointed out that he was still yet to get an offer from his favorite, Kentucky.
Really good video on Parker, if you haven't seen it yet. Gives a look at him personally:
Like most, I'd love to have the kid represent MSU. Really only mentioned KU, UK, and Duke, but also said everyone's got a shot.
Jabari's dad said he'd probably go straight to the NBA if he could.
Yikes, is this off base.
Sorry dude. Parker is one and done if he goes to Boise State.
That's not in question. He'd be top 3 out of high school if he could go. And he'd go.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I think its offbase. Parker had commented several times that he thinks MSU is a great program and Izzo is a great coach. The reason we don't have the one and dones is not because of the coaches ability but because you have trouble finding the types of players Izzo wants in the top 5 or ten in their class. I do think Izzo enjoys coaching a player for 3-4 years just for the sake he sees them mature and develop to be able to handle the NBA lifestyle better. Parker is one of the rare few who will need very little maturing in order to make the High School to College to NBA transition in a year and a half.
Interesting Nike EYBL Dallas Day 2 Report from Aubrey Bloom (Brenden Padilla of BearsTruth.com and Coast2CoastRecruiting.com contributed to this report) on 24/7:
One player that certainly hasn't had his best weekend is Jabari Parker, who has struggled with his shot in the first two days of the weekend. He told us after his game today that it's something he's working on, but that he feels the real key is getting better at getting to the free throw line to get his shot in rhythm. He's been overshadowed his teammate Okafor this weekend. Parker said that right now he's no focused on recruiting, and that nobody has really stood out to him recently. He also said that he doesn't have any visits scheduled any time soon.
I'm somewhat hesitant to post this report as it is does not reflect well on MSU target Parker, but it certainly seems relevant to MSU recruiting efforts and reflects well on MSU target Okafor.
Pull the schollie!
Your newest Sports Illustrated.
"The rule of thumb is to avoid Tom Izzo and Michigan State like the plague." - Catspause.com, March 2009.
Any chance this affects Duke's recruitment of Jabari? Jefferson sounds like a similar player - obviously not as highly touted but a McDAA nonetheless. Jefferson plays the 3/4 (6'7", 190 lbs) - can get to the rim, comfortable with his back to the basket, needs work on his outside shot. I recognize this likely won't impact how hard Duke pushes for Parker - just wonder if it may give him pause.
Forward Amile Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 McDonald's All-America and one of the nation's to big men out of Philadelphia, has signed with Duke.
It probably helps them actually.
Parker immediately becomes the #1 option for whichever team he chooses. He knows that.
Wow! Looks like a great, great kid!
More Jabari Parker Koolaid...
No one knows we're Illinois stands in this recruitment but it can't help that one of their top recruiters just left for Marquette after only two months on the job.
Chew hadn't been at UI to be considered a "top recruiter". Don't think he had landed anyone of note for Mizzou, either. No impact on Parker's choice, IMO.
So Groce brings two of his assistants from Ohio and makes one outside hire (Chew). I admit to not knowing much about the Illini coaching situation but I assumed the outside hire of an assistant from another top program was for the purpose of trying to make inroads in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago. At a minimum the volatility of the coaching staff has to be a little concerning and can't do much to help recruiting efforts.
Per your Illinois guy Harv, the Marquette people are thrilled with getting Chew, who is supposedly going To help them recruit the Chicago area
Sure, I'm just pointing out (again) that Chew joining or leaving has no impact on Parker's choice. Illinois has been an extreme long shot since they tanked last season and these recent changes aren't going to impact that. Firing Weber actually improved the odds, but going from zero chance to .000005% chance isn't exactly newsworthy. If Parker were to pick Illinois, it would be because he made an emotional choice to go play for the school he grew up being a fan of.
Chew had connections in KC and is a Chicago native so there was some hope he'd help there. Yet when Groce made his tour of the Chicago HS circuit recently, he took Jamal Walker with him, not Chew.
Again, all really irrelevant to Parker and most 2013 recruits since the Illinois staff is way behind there. Much more important for them to win games this season and start working on the 2014/15 classes, which are probably deeper and more talented overall than 2013 even if they don't have a once in a lifetime talent like Parker included.
Harv Schmidt, aka ilprepbullseye? He's a moron who lives in his mother's basement. I would have liked to have kept Chew, but IMO Marquette threw a lot of cash at a guy who has yet to land any notable recruits.
FYI, Parker will be on Good Morning America tomorrow.
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