On Monday night, Simeon forward Jabari Parker and his family paid a visit to DePaul coach Oliver Purnell to learn a few things about the Blue Demons.
"The visit went fine," said Parker. "I enjoyed myself. DePaul showed a lot of love to me and gave me a lot of feedback. "
Parker has been on campus plenty of times before and often hangs out with future Blue Demon Billy Garrett, Jr. in Lincoln Park, but this time was different.
"I felt a lot of love," Jabari said. "They showed me a lot. They gave me a lot of persuasion on why I should go to DePaul. They showed me the way that they care and how they would support me throughout my career."
As the top player in the country, Parker is being pursued by the likes of BYU, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Stanford, and Washington. So, does DePaul figure into Parker's decision making?
"Yes," said Jabari. "Even though I don't have a cut-down list of schools yet, I would be looking forward to including them in my recruiting, because Billy Garrett, my best friend, he committed to that school. So, I'll be interested in them as well."
Parker has the vision to see that DePaul is a program that is on the rise.
"They don't have as much talent as they have at other schools, but Oliver Purnell is bringing back the school and getting them back to where they used to be," said Parker.
DePaul wasn't the only school that Parker visited over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. He dropped by Louisville while in Kentucky for the Midwest Invitational.
"I visited there and got a chance to talk to the coaches," said Jabari. "It was real good. I got a chance to see the new arena, the KFC Center. "
The Midwest Invitational was a two-day camp run by former NBA star John Lucas.
"That went well," said Parker. "I enjoyed myself. I went just to support John and what he's doing, because my Dad played with him in the NBA."
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels had a chance to watch Parker's performance over the weekend. Jabari once again demonstrated why he's the best in the nation.
"(Parker) showed why he's such a valued commodity," said Daniels. "On the offensive end, Parker, who is closing in on 6-foot-8, was virtually unstoppable in a two-on-two drill and that carried over into the games. He has pro moves and scores it at a high rate. His range is deep on his jump shot, but what impressed us was his post game and ability to score with defenders on his back."
Next weekend, Parker returns to the court to workout with the USA Basketball Men's Developmental team. Jabari and his teammates on Team USA brought home the gold medal from Cancun, Mexico this summer and they hope to do the same in 2012.
"With the USA team, I'm going to get a little feel for what I'm going to be experiencing next year," said Jabari. "It's going to get a little bit more intense because we're going to Lithuania. So we have to work twice as hard."
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