Kentucky 2013 target Jabari Parker steps into spotlight

Jabari Parker

Most every college hoops fan already knows about Jabari Parker, the No. 1-ranked player in the class of 2013.  We are not strangers to his story: He is nearing the end of his junior year at Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill., the alma mater of and plenty of other sought-after prep talents. He is 6-foot-9 (and possibly still growing) with nearly unlimited skills — passing, ballhandling, mid-range shooting, interior strength — and he comes across as more well-grounded and unselfish than your average highly ranked recruit. His father, Sonny, played for A&M and the Golden State Warriors; his mother, Lola, was born a Mormon in her native country of Tonga. Parker shares his mother’s faith; as wrote last summer, Mormonism is a bedrock of the recruit’s worldview.


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