Jabari Parker, a 6-5 wing from Simeon High School in the Chicago Public League, will soon make the most anticipated high school debut at Simeon since Derrick Rose played on the freshman team. Rose, in keeping with team policy, was not permitted to play on the varsity team at the time. Parker is expected to be the first freshman to play varsity in the school's history.
Parker, the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, has made a name for himself this summer playing with the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit. On Friday, Parker visited DePaul's Blue Madness along with his family and AAU coach Mike Irvin. It wasn't his first visit to DePaul's campus as Jabari has been a frequent visitor to DePaul open gyms this summer.
"It was a good experience to see the DePaul players play and their attributes on the court," Jabari said.
"It was fun to see the students play knockout," Parker added. "The fans are real active. I think it's a good area to play in with the student population. I think it would be good for me to play here, because of the students getting involved in the community. It's a strong program."
Jabari also cited his relationship with the DePaul coaching staff as a reason why he stops by so often.
"I've known Tracy (Webster) and Billy (Garrett) since I was young," Parker said.
Parker, who is also considering Kansas and Washington, indicated that the opportunity to play close to home was something that appeals to him.
"It's very important, because I get to see my family and stay around the people I've known for a long time," said Jabari.
Right now Parker is focused on his freshman season with the Wolverines.
"I think if we work hard enough, I think we have a chance to win City and State," Parker said. "Right now it's looking real good, because our conditioning is looking good and we're working hard."
Besides having an impact freshman in Parker, the Simeon team is loaded at every position this season.
"Brandon Spearman, Rob Robinson, Jelani Neely, Tywon Pinckney, and Darian Walker, we're all doing good as a family and as a whole," said Parker.
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