Jabari Parker Makes Historic Debut for Simeon

Class of 2013 recruit Jabari Parker made his debut as a freshman for the Simeon Wolverines at Chicago State University tonight. It was a historic moment for Simeon as Parker became the first freshman in the school's history to play on the Varsity team.

Jabari Parker led Simeon (1-0) to a 50-37 rout of the Thornton Wildcats in the City-Suburban Shootout at Chicago State. The 6-5 forward came in off the bench to lead all scorers with 14 points including two 3-pointers, four rebounds, and two assists.

Parker managed all that in his first appearance despite not being able to have full-contact in practice with Simeon for several weeks due to a fractured wrist on his non-shooting hand.

"He's going to be a special player here," Simeon coach Robert Smith said. "He's still got some things to work on. He has some guys around him who make him better every day in practice."

Parker, the son of former NBA star Sonny Parker, is regarded as one of the nation's top prospects for the Class of 2013.

"It's good for him," Smith said. "He's a good kid. He'll probably be one of the best players in the country when he's done."

"He played well today," Smith added. "I think he stepped up at crucial times in the game and made some baskets, rebounded the ball, and got some steals. One thing about him, he's been playing against these kids that are juniors and seniors since he's been in seventh grade. So he knows he can beat them every day."

Parker becoming the first freshman to play on Varsity at Simeon speaks volumes about his ability. Jabari has already accomplished something that even Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls didn't achieve as a freshman at Simeon. Rose was not permitted to play on the Varsity team as a freshman due to a long-standing team rule that didn't allow freshmen to play.

"If Derrick Rose would have played Varsity as a freshman, we would have won state for four years in a row," Smith said.

Jabari has received recruiting interest from DePaul, Kansas, and Washington.

In attendance to see Parker's first game tonight were coaches from DePaul, Illinois, Louisville, Northwestern, and Purdue.

Jabari was unavailable for comment after the game. Smith has made Parker off limits to the media this season until Simeon advances to the championship in Peoria.

"He'll be available when we get downstate," said Smith.

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