Jabari Parker Cuts it to Five

Jabari Parker, the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2013, has trimmed his list to five schools.

The 6-foot-8 Parker is now down to BYUDukeFloridaMichigan State and Stanford, according to ESPNChicago.com.

Parker cut Kentucky, Kansas, DePaul, Georgetown, North Carolina and UConn.

The Website reported that Parker will take official visits to Duke Oct. 27 and Florida Nov. 2. He is also expected to visit Michigan State. Parker is expected to announce in November.

“He thought about it and looked at the programs. That’s the five he had,” Simeon coach Robert Smith told ESPNChicago.com. “It took him a long time to find. Everyone was really good, but he had to make a decision. He really respected everyone recruiting him and wanted to thank them for their time. He had to pick five and those are the five he wanted to look at. He knew he couldn’t make everyone happy.

“He’s just ready to go out and visit the campuses and get a real feel for the players and the campuses. Him, his family and myself will sit down and see what he comes up with. This is Jabari’s decision. We’re just making sure he’s being guided. I tell him to follow his heart.”

Parker, a Mormon, cut perennial powers Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina but opted to keep BYU.

“All five schools are schools he’s really interested in and really thinking about attending,” Smith said. “He’s really thinking about BYU. I know his faith has a lot to do with it. The coaching staff has been great with him. They’ve been a winning program. That’s one of his choices.”

UConn made a late entry into the process after Kevin Ollie became head coach, but did not make the cut.

DePaul, the local school, was also axed.

“People call me all the time and tell me, ‘I know it’s difficult situation, but they’ve handled it well,’” Smith said. “His mother and father have been doing a good job.”

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19 comments
bob
bob

Ya know what I like Philip Rivers. and since the Jets aren't in it. Kinda like to see the Chargers in the playoff picture if they get in they could be a dangerous team.

levi
levi

It was a good game. It was good to see the rookies play well.


Yesterday I had to watch the game online so I did something I never do and clicked in on the game thread here now and then. Good lord what a fickle bunch of Jets fans that is. I wont mention names but one guy proclaimed the game to be over at 3-0 because the team had quit, another claims Milliner to be a bust when he was playing well and had a pick 2 minutes later. To each their own but I seriously wonder what game some people were watching.

gbrownn
gbrownn

I am against firing our winningest head coach in our team history. I swear I feel like most of the firing talk is media bs. Idzik seems like a smart guy, he should know how handicapped this team was. It would be hard for anycoach to win with  the bargain free agents Idzik himself brough in and rotating door at wide reciever all season. Every coach has thier flaws. We were a compettive team for the most part this year. I'd say thats enough to feeel encouraged about going into next season. No need to start over with  a new coach. Just build on what we are doing. I believe Rex will be our head coach next year. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

In case I don't see the DB section of BGA, I couldn't believe the cushion Cro was giving on the browns 3rd offensive play of the game. It was 3rd and 3 (I believe) and cro was playing what - 12 yards off? If campbell completes an easy pass that's a gimme first down. I get playing safe and bend, don't break, but still, is the plan really to play so soft in these scenarios?

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Is Marv Albert going senile? I can't believe how many outright wrong things he was saying. I thought the whole on-air performance was terrible - between Albert"s constant mistakes, he and Gannon babbling incessantly - often about things other than what just happened - and some bad camerawork, it was a mess. Worst of all, did I see an on-air stat that said this was the first time two Jets teammates each had 10 sacks or more in the same season?


Too bad they didn't track sacks back in '81 (ya know, when Klecko had 20 and Gatineau had what -20.5?)

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@levi It's like walking into an animal shelter with battered dogs barking at the top of their lungs because they need to be heard over each other, all acting like they are in the most emotional pain -- oh but give one of them the slightest attention and they'll pee on the floor.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@NYCPEinGermany No -- supposedly the coaches want Cro to press, but he steps back on his own, driving the coaches crazy.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@NYCPEinGermany Yeah, throwing up that stat is a joke. It's like saying JFK was the first president to be assassinated because there was no TV back in the 1800s.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

@NYCPEinGermanyMarv was an absolute embarrassment yesterday—as was the broadcast in general. Lots of incorrect calls and missed replays ... just terrible. Marv even called a kick downed at the 20 that it was on the 30. Not sure if he's just sloppy or can't see any more.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@DarrolRayFanClub I've heard this a bit over the last few years - that they want him to press more - but it seems to me like he is giving a bigger cushion than ever. Maybe it's because of the injury, but 12 yards on 3rd and 3 is insane.

jaygo
jaygo

@Brendan @NYCPEinGermany 


Meanwhile, the warm weather brought out the fans to the stadium in a big way.  One of the better tail-gate scenes pre-game, and a larger and louder crowd than I would have expected.  Good time was had by all and the team performed. 

levi
levi

@Bent I knew the name didnt sound right as I typed it. 


It must drive the coaches nuts to see the jamming work and have a guy unwilling to consistently do it.

Bent
Bent

@levi @DarrolRayFanClub *Collision Low Crossers but yeah.


This is something the media reported during that season too - that they really tried to encourage him to press-jam more and that the results when he did do that were excellent, but it was a battle to get him to do it.

levi
levi

@DarrolRayFanClubThanks,is this from the book Im getting for Christmas? (Low Collision Crossers)

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@levi @DarrolRayFanClub  It was hinted at by Ryan and Pettine in the Dawidoff book.


When he drifted back before the snap instead of crowding the line of scrimmage and using his long, sinewy arms to disrupt his receiver’s pass route, the coaches couldn’t understand it. “He should play angry,” they would vex. “The way Revis does. Revis plays angry.” But it was rebuke that made Cro seethe. He didn’t take male criticism well, except from Ryan, who periodically would try to explain that the coaches were on his side; they just wanted to help him improve. “You gotta swallow your pride a little bit and be coachable.”