For Simeon Academy in Illinois, the last decade was all about Derrick Rose. Rose was a star point guard for the school and went on to play college ball at Memphis for a year and ultimately became the top draft pick. Now a star for the Chicago Bulls, Rose is doing his own thing, while a new star at Simeon has emerged.
Jabari Parker, a big 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, has become one of the top players in the Chicago area. Leading his top fifteen squad to new heights on the court, coaches are taking notice of Parker’s success.
At the moment, Jabari has a top five of Washington, Illinois, Michigan State, Duke and Kansas. Last night, one of the schools pulled the trigger and offered the 2013 star. “I was on the phone with Coach K from Duke yesterday,” said Sonny Parker, the father of Jabari. “They officially offered Jabari a scholarship.”
The Parker family was excited about the offer and really likes the Duke program. “Duke is similar to Simeon’s program,” Sonny stated. “The tradition, history and discipline is there. I watched that special on ESPNU about Duke and I got a better understanding about their program.”