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The most talked about high school basketball prospect in Chicago history will quiet some of the chatter very soon. Simeon's Jabari Parker is set to announce where he will play his college basketball.
The 6-8 All-American and 2012 National Player of the Year, who is the No. 2 ranked player in the country in the Class of 2013, will announce his decision next Thursday, Dec. 20 at Simeon High School at 3 p.m. Duke, BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford are among his final five.
Depending on who you listen to, either Duke or Michigan State appear to be the schools to beat. Florida, however, has always been the darkhorse and lingering around, even when coach Billy Donovan and his Gators weren't given much of a chance in the early rounds of this recruiting slugfest.
The recruitment of Parker has been a long one. As the son of a Chicago basketball icon,Sonny Parker, his recruitment began during his seventh and eighth grade days when he showed such enormous promise and potential. He was the No. 1 player in his class as a freshman and remained there throughout his first three years of high school until Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep in West Virginia recently re-classified.
And the recruitment has continued well into his senior year, even beyond the early signing period this past fall.
Parker has been slowed by a foot injury since June, but he made his debut Dec. 1 in the Chicago Elite Classic, where Simeon knocked off Milton of Georgia in the season opener. Simeon travels to Texas on Thursday to face DeSoto.