Freshman Jabari Parker Gets Minnesota Offer

Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman from Chicago (IL) Simeon, has attracted the attention of Minnesota, who recently offered him a scholarship. Gopher assistant coach Vince Taylor watched Parker Monday against Morgan Park. Parker, whose father Sonny, played at Texas A&M and was a 1976 NBA first round picks by the Golden State Warriors.

Jabari Parker became the first freshman to ever become a starter for Chicago Simeon, the alma mater of Derrick Rose. He has already received scholarship offers from schools such as Oregon State, Washington, Northern Iowa, Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, Baylor, Kansas and Brigham Young.

Parker played alongside Thomas Hamilton of Chicago Whitney Young to help lead the Mac Irvin Fire to a 5th place finish at the 14-U AAU National Tournament last summer. Hamilton is also a highly-regarded prospect, whose father played at Illinois and NBA.

Fellow freshman Markee Williams of Morgan Park drew a foul with 2.8 seconds remaining and hit the first of two free throws Monday to lift No. 16 Morgan Park over No. 11 Simeon 51-50 in a quarterfinal of the Public League playoffs at the UIC Pavilion.

Sonny Parker is a Chicago legend, whose Sonny Parker Youth Foundation in Chicago helps inner-city students.

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