Simeon’s Jabari Parker picks Duke over Michigan State
BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN Twitter: @MichaelSOBrien December 20, 2012 3:23PM
Chicago's Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker announces he will be attending Duke during a news conference at his high school Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: December 20, 2012 10:32PM
Jabari Parker said he made his decision to choose Duke at about 1 p.m. on Thursday. Just a few hours later the Simeon basketball star told the nation on ESPNU.
“At about one everything came together and I was confident with my decision,” Parker said. “You just get the emotion in your heart.
Parker kept everyone guessing until the last minute, not an easy thing to do on the Chicago basketball scene.
He didn’t mince words when asked why he chose the Blue Devils.
“[Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] is like the guru of all basketball right now,” Parker said. “It’s the history with Duke, they are always going to be in the tournament. You can’t go wrong. It’s Coach K. That’s one of the best coaches ever.”
Parker said that his decision came down to Duke, Michigan State and Florida. Stanford and BYU were also on his list of final five.
Mike Irvin, Parker’s AAU coach, thinks that the Duke offer changed Parker’s entire recruitment.
“It was Duke right away after that I think,” Irvin said. “Michigan State was second. Tom Izzo made it a very hard decision for him.”
It’s the fifth consecutive time Krzyzewski has come into Chicago and gotten his man.
Krzyzewski has secured commitments from the last five area players he has offered: Providence’s Michael Thompson, Glenbrook North’s Jon Scheyer, Julian’s Sean Dockery, Fenwick’s Corey Maggette and now Parker.
Parker, considered the No. 2 player in the national class of 2013, can sign a letter of intent in April.