Panel believes Simeon basketball star Jabari Parker will pick Duke
BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN AND JOE HENRICKSEN December 19, 2012 9:42PM
Jabari Parker dunks for Simeon at the end of the game and smiles in bliss. Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: December 20, 2012 12:26PM
Which school will Simeon senior Jabari Parker choose Thursday?
It looks like it’s going to be Duke.
At least that’s what the Sun-Times’ not-very-scientific poll of experts and insiders predicted.
Our wide-ranging group of players, coaches, media and recruiting analysts leaned pretty heavily toward the Blue Devils, with 64 percent predicting Parker will choose Duke. Michigan State finished second with 28 percent, and Florida was third with 8 percent. Stanford and BYU were shut out.
Prediction guru Nate Silver was asked via Twitter, but he didn’t respond.
So far, Parker has managed the near impossible, keeping everyone guessing on his decision right up to the last minute. He will announce his choice at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Simeon coach Robert Smith was pretty sure Parker hadn’t made up his mind.
“He better figure it out,” Smith said. “He’s got less than 24 hours at this point.”
Parker received some extra time to think. The Wolverines’ game Wednesday was canceled because Hawkins forfeited.
Smith successfully convinced the Parker family to send Jabari to Simeon, but he said he didn’t have any tips to give college coaches on swaying Parker.
“That was probably more his parents,” Smith said. “His mom and dad chose Simeon. The college decision is going to be all his.”
Even with all the hype surrounding the announcement, there is a chance this isn’t the final chapter in Parker’s recruitment. He won’t sign a letter of intent Wednesday. That can’t happen until April. So there’s still plenty of time for him to change his mind.