Nation's Top Player Has Top 5

Just because Jabari Parker is No. 1 in the nation, don't expect him to get complacent. His top five schools all love his work ethic, and will hold out hope to land the elite small forward.

For Chicago (IL) Simeon High School small forward Jabari Parker, he knows he got to be the nation's No. 1 ranked player on the strength of his work ethic. Now that he is at the top of his class do not expect Parker to slow down anytime soon.

At nearly 6-foot-8 and roughly 215 pounds, Parker is the kid of explosive big wing that coaches dream of having. With his high motor on the floor and drive to get better, Parker worked his way to the top of the 2013 class, but he isn't going to get content.

"It feels satisfying but I am not going to be complacent," said Parker of his ranking. "It is a real good accomplishment. I have been working my hardest to be the best in the country, but it isn't going to stop me from working. I know it is hard to stay number one, so I am going to keep on getting better and improving."

As one would expect, Parker has some of the best programs in the country coming after him on the recruiting trail. His current top five is Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, and Washington.

One of the unofficial visits that Parker has been was to Duke. The Blue Devils are making a strong move with Parker, and he liked what he saw when on campus.

"It was very nice," said Parker of Duke. "They have a lot of history down there. It is one of the places where you can see the honor and the history that they have with the former players."

Maybe the school that has been on Parker the longest is Illinois. The in-state Illini have made Parker a priority and the staff has built a good relationship with him.

"They are very good," Parker said of Illinois. "I love the school and it is close to home. Bruce Weber and the coaching staff are very good as well."

Another school being linked heavily to Parker is Washington. Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar has a long standing relationship with Parker's father, Sonny, and also Parker's older brother is out in the Seattle area.

"They are like family to me," Parker explained. "I can go there whenever I want to get away from Chicago. Me and Coach Romar have a really good relationship, so I can always go out there and feel comfortable."

Also Kansas and Michigan State have both have done an excellent job of recruiting Parker, and their recent success is what has them firmly in the mix.

"They are both really good schools who you can see in the tournament all the time," said Parker. "One of the reasons I have put them in my top five is because of how successful they have been."

At the moment Parker says he is not even remotely close to making his college decision, and it will likely be a year, if not longer, before a choice happens, but already Parker has a good idea of what he will be looking for in a school.

"It will be the school that fits me as a person as well as an athlete," said Parker. "I want to find a place where I can get better and see where I can get looked at on the next level."


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