By Michael O'Brien

Jabari Parker isn't worried about being No. 2

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Since Andrew Wiggins reclassified as a 2013 recruit, most of the national recruiting sites have dropped Simeon senior Jabari Parker from the top spot in the class.

Monday at Simeon Media Day, Parker left very little doubt about just how much that bothered him.

"It's unimportant to me," Parker said. "I know what I need to do to get better and that's what is most important to me. I know my dad got a little upset. At the end of the day I'm going to be in college and they aren't really going to be ranking people. They are just going to focus on who wins the national championship and being an NBA prospect."

Parker has an MRI scheduled for Nov. 19. He thinks he will be ready for Simeon's season opener on Dec. 1 and so does Simeon coach Robert Smith.

"I think Jabari will be ready to go right away, his basketball ability and IQ is so high," Smith said. "The biggest thing will be getting him in shape. We will look at it and see where he is at physically. He's not in good shape, as you can see. But we will see what we can do. I told him if he is just out there for his presence, it is huge for us."

Smith thinks Kendrick Nunn is ready to step up and lead the Wolverines if Parker needs longer to get back.

"Kendrick is definitely ready to step up," Smith said. "He will take the 12 shots that Jabari would have been taken, I can guarantee you that. I think the guys are already prepared to play without him. They have been in open gym and now the first week of practice. I really think he'll be ready for the first game."

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