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Sources Conflicted on Whether Jabari Parker Favors Duke or Michigan State

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Two of Parker’s high school classmates (both on the basketball team) and a third former AAU teammate of his expect the 18-year-old sensation to choose Michigan State. All three players maintain, however, they have no inside information, noting Parker’s recruitment is seldom discussed.

Meanwhile, an official tied to a Division-1 school formerly involved in the recruitment of Parker speculates differently.

“I’ve suspected he’ll end up at Duke since he dropped [our school],” said the rep, who works in the school’s athletic department. “It always seemed from my vantage point that [Duke] was out in front and everyone else, including us, was playing catch-up. But I would have no idea if anything has changed since.”

In accordance with NCAA rules governing recruiting, college coaches themselves can’t comment publicly on unsigned prospects.

A 6-foot-8 forward with a rangy skill set that has drawn comparisons to former Kansas star Paul Pierce, Parker is the No. 2 overall prospect in the senior class, second only to Andrew Wiggins who reclassified in late October. He is recovering from a fractured right foot—an injury he suffered over the summer—that has slowed his performance considerably since he returned to the floor earlier this month.

In addition to Duke and Michigan State, Parker is also considering Florida, BYU and Stanford. The prized prospect greeted Gators head coach Billy Donovan on an in-home visit on Monday night and spoke with BYU head man Dave Rose over the phone.

Parker will welcome Mike Krzyzewski one final time on Tuesday night and Tom Izzo on Wednesday night before making an official announcement Thursday at 3 p.m. (Central Time). In the meantime, conflicting conjecture from those loosely affiliated with Parker should help pass the time for the next 48 hours.

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