By Joe Henricksen
The recruitment of Simeon's Jabari Parker, the Hoops Report's top-rated prospect in the state of Illinois regardless of class, is still in its infancy. However, the No. 1 ranked sophomore in the state of Illinois is on the Duke campus today for an unofficial visit and will take in the Duke-Maryland game Sunday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke, which offered Parker a month ago, will surely be among the final schools in the Parker sweepstakes as coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have turned up their interest in the multi-talented 6-7 Simeon standout. Still, the recruiting process is just beginning as Parker and his family set out to find the right fit and relationship over the next two years.
With Illinois being the in-state school, Parker has already built a relationship over the past couple of years with the staff and program. Now he sets out to do the same with other programs, including the likes of Duke, Kansas, Washington, Michigan State and others. As pointed out in a previous Hoops Report blog, there should be fewer twists and turns in the recruitment of Parker with so few people outside the Parker and Simeon family involved.
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