So you're saying we have a chance?
That's what the likes of BYU and Stanford are hanging on to with a month to go before the early signing period as Simeon star Jabari Parker has included those two programs in his final five, along with traditional powerhouses Duke, Michigan State and Florida.
While Parker hasn't been on official visits, you could argue the 6-8 superstar is very familiar with both Stanford and BYU. He's made multiple trips out west to visit family and has stopped in and checked out both campuses on at least two occasions.
While Duke and Michigan State have been rumored as the two favorites, the Hoops Report has acknowledged over the past six months that Florida has been a sleeper in the Parker sweepstakes. Coach Billy Donovan has made it this far and, along with the other four finalists, will be getting an official visit from the nation's top player.
"He's going to take all five official visits," says Jabari's father, Sonny Parker. "He will take those five visits and then sit down and evaluate those visits. He wants to meet the players, get a feel for the campus and see just where he's most comfortable."
Sonny Parker has been impressed with how his son has handled the process, particularly the recently conducted in-home visits.
"He's really done most of this on his own," says Sonny. "I thought Jabari did a great job of getting a feel for everything in the in-home visits."
Even with a final five schools picked, Parker, who will try to help lead Simeon to a fourth straight state championship this winter, will not rush things.
"I told him not to hurry, that there is no need to rush this decision," says Sonny Parker. "He's built some relationships and will continue to evaluate each school and take his time with it."
The stretch run for one of the most prized and talked-about prospects in Chicago prep basketball history is on. Forget checking in on open gyms or or unofficial visits or a long list of in-home visits or even a final 10 list, it's down to a manageable and newsworthy final five. And for fun, here is just one oddsmaker's percentages for each of the five remaining schools.
Michigan State ... 35%
Duke ... 30%
Florida ... 25%
Stanford ... 5%
BYU ... 5%
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