If nobody else, Michigan State and Duke have succeeded in making a special impression on Jabari Parker. Their reward: securing the only two official visits set in stone from the top senior in high school basketball.
Now nine other schools are vying for the remaining three.
Parker, who won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award as a junior, is ruminating over where he will take his final three official trips, multiple sources tell Busting Brackets. He is expected to decide by early next week. Though unlikely, it’s also possible that Parker does not make all five of his allotted official visits provided that he can’t settle on three more schools with reasons worth visiting.
A star forward at Simeon Academy in Chicago, Parker will make his first official trip to Duke the weekend of October 27, then travel to East Lansing sometime after that. His Michigan State visit, originally planned for last weekend, will be rescheduled for later in the fall.
Parker’s official visit to Duke will be his first trip to Durham since his sophomore year, when he took in Cameron Indoor on an unofficial visit. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, a Chicago native with a strong track record recruiting in and around his hometown area, visited Parker’s residence two weeks ago.
Over the past two weeks, Parker has greeted nine coaches—from Michigan State, Duke, BYU, Stanford, DePaul, Florida, Kansas, Connecticut and, as of yesterday, North Carolina—on in-home visits. Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams, still recovering from kidney surgery, traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to chat with Parker. Williams had to reschedule his in-home visit initially slated for September because of the operation.
Georgetown and Kentucky, the other two of the 11 schools in the running for Parker, forwent in-home visits to Chicago and are on the periphery of this recruitment. A recruiting source confirmed to Busting Brackets that Kentucky, firmly involved in the recruitment of numerous other unsigned Top 10 prospects, is all but out of the Parker derby.
Parker has long targeted a fall decision, hoping to end his recruitment before his senior high school basketball season. The one-week early signing period begins November 14 and runs through November 21.
Given the measured pace of this recruitment, however, Parker appears to be on track for a spring signing.
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