2005 Focus: Jeremy Pargo

Jeremy Pargo's numbers may not be anything special. In fact, they've taken a hit from last year. However, the Robeson High (Ill.) junior guard is still receiving plenty of looks.

Unfortunately for Robeson High (Ill.) 6-2, 205-pound junior guard Jeremy Pargo, he wasn't really watching his brother closely while he was going through the recruiting process a few years back.

However, Jeremy will likely have a different scenario than his older brother, Jannero, had after graduating from high school at Robeson.

Jannero went to Neosho County Community College (Kan.) prior to spending a couple years at Arkansas and eventually winding up spending two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, who recently placed him on waivers.

The younger Pargo's numbers aren't as good as they were a year ago when he put up 22 points per game. In fact, the drop-off is significant as he is averaging 15 points per contest as a junior.

However, Pargo scored 22 points, had eight boards and dished out eight assists in a recent victory over Hope and also put up 17 in a loss to St. Joseph. Robeson has struggled in the early part of this season and with a win against Hope, improved to 10-8.

``Our coach is really stressing to play within the structure of the offense this year," Jeremy Pargo said. "I can make adjustments pretty good, so it hasn't been too hard for me."

While Jannero Pargo is a quick 6-1, 175-pound floor leader, Jeremy tips the scales about 30 pounds heavier – which allows him to finish with more authority. However he's not nearly as quick and can't shoot it quite as well from the perimeter. Jeremy also needs to work on his decision-making, shot selection and his ability to play under control.

Pargo wants to go somewhere that he doesn't have to sit and wait his turn – which is what happened with his brother once he got to Arkansas.

He said that Purdue, Marquette, Illinois, UConn, Cincinnati and Ohio State are some of the schools that he is considering.

``I don't have a favorite yet," said Pargo, who plays with the Illinois Fire during the summer. "I'm really just focusing on my season right now."

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