Ollie, Parkers Have ‘A Great Home Visit.’ … An Update on Jabari Parker [ESPN-Chicago]

by Categorized: Jabari Parker, Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie, UConn men's basketball

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.”

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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.


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5 thoughts on “Ollie, Parkers Have ‘A Great Home Visit.’ … An Update on Jabari Parker [ESPN-Chicago]

  1. Fred Judson

    If the Lack of a long term contract is hurting KO in his recruiting why doesn’t Uconn fix the problem? Is the short term contract the AD’s call or the Pres.? How do they each feel about a longer term helping KO get the better players to come to Uconn.

    1. Steve

      With him having never head coached a single game on any level, it is hard to give anything but a one year contract. I really hope and believe that he will be a great coach, but you cant commit to him with no experience and then be forced to fire him or buy out the remaining years on a contract. This is the safest thing to do, even if it affects the program short term (and whether its him or another high profile coach, it will only be short term)

  2. Publicus


    About a week ago, you called Ollie an uncle tom. You were called out on that by two commenters (one was me). And you ran away and hid (you didn’t have the nerve to respond), like the wretched little coward that you are.

    You are a reprehensible scoundrel – a real hate monger – and do not belong on this venue.

    1. Steve

      I am not the same Steve, and do not share the same beliefs as said Steve. There is more than one person in this world with that name. And with this response it appears you believe what I said has some negative thoughts to it. I am clearly stating facts that you do not offer a long term contract with zero experience, (do you buy a highly touted car just because people expect it to be great, or do you give it a test drive?) and although I hope that a hometown boy can carry this team for the next few decades to the prominence it deserves, I am not going to just hand him the keys.

  3. Stroman

    Kevin Ollie will be an excellent coach and recruiter. He will continue the winning tradition of UConn Basketball. Huskies the leaders of the pack. Woof!!

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