Jabari Parker, considered the No.1 recruit in the country, is still formulating the list of schools he will visit this fall. Essentially, he is cutting down contenders from 10 or 11 schools to five, which is the maximum number of visits he can make.
Kevin Ollie visited Parker and his family in Chicago last Thursday night. Parker’s father, former NBA player Sonny Parker, tells ESPN-Chicago’s Scott Powers he will be visiting Michigan State and Duke, but is still deciding on his other three visits. Ollie said this week he has been “well-received in every home he has been in,” and the Parkers seemed to attest to that:
It was a great home visit,” Sonny told ESPN’s Powers. “Kevin Ollie, him
being a former player, being in the NBA, now the coach at UConn, they
have a great program. Jabari chose to have UConn come in.”
UConn, of course, can’t comment specifically on recruiting.
Parker will be visited by Roy Williams and Billy Donovan this week, then make his visit plans. If UConn can make the next step, it would be a great coup for the new coach, showing the school can still compete for the best of the best in the post-Jim Calhoun era.
Sonny says that his son plans to make a decision by November. This could hurt UConn’s chances, since Ollie is only signed through April. If Jabari waits until spring, UConn’s coaching future will be settled. But one never knows. If the chemistry was there, issues can be overcome. Most important: UConn is in the game.