Parker Has Strong Showing, Likes Three

Jabari Parker sat down with at NBA Camp to talk about his spring and his recruitment. He already has a trio of schools sticking out.

Jabari Parker was one of the few 2013 prospects at the NBA Camp in Charlottesville (Va.) last week. Despite being younger than nearly every player there, Parker has shown plenty of potential.

"It's not about showing out in front of the scouts," Parker said. "It's about getting the team involved, making the extras pass and that's what I'm worried about, instead of just showing out by myself."

"I've been OK," the 6-foot-7 sophomore-to-be said. "I've been struggling, but it's giving me more experience and better exposure against these kids."

The week prior to NBA Camp, Parker attended the Nike Hoop Jamboree, which is known as one of the best underclassman camps. He said there was a big difference between the two.

"Hoop Jam was a great experience playing against some of the top sophomores and juniors," Parker said. "It gives me a better chance of going to the skills academies this year."

"It's a very big difference compared to the guys Jamboree," he said when comparing NBA Camp. "Guys there are just starting to get their athleticism and just weren't that big. Once I jgot here they were like giants compared to the amboree players."

Parker said his spring has been up and down due to an injury.

"The tournaments I've played in I've done OK, but I could have done way better. I was coming off a foot injury so I was still getting in shape and playing against the older guys the intensity was so much higher, the court was longer and it's more fast paced."

The recruiting process started early for Parker, a standout at Chicago (Ill.) Simeon. Already Washington, BYU, Providence, Illinois, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin are beating down his door.

"It's going OK," Parker said. "At the end of the day, my decision is going to be when I'm comfortable. I don't want to make it too soon because I want my teammates to get looked at as well."

"I'm enjoying it," he added. "I'm starting to get used it. I'm not getting too excited, but I'm keeping myself humble."

Although it's still early, Parker already has a trio of schools that stick out.

"I'm liking Illinois, Kansas and Purdue," he said. "I love the Big Ten and I also like Kansas because of their tradition. It makes me for comfortable playing half court sets and getting the ball through the half court. They fit my style."

Parker was the first freshman to ever start at Simeon, which was also the home of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. They knocked off Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young to win the 4A state championship.

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