Top recruit, Jabari Parker, has been the topic of much conversation around East Lansing. Recently, Parker cut his list down to five schools. This list includes Michigan State, BYU, Duke, Florida, and Stanford. Michigan State fans must be overjoyed to see their school still on the list. Parker is the top recruit in the 2013 class, and he would be a major signing for the Spartans. Now that Parker is nearing his decision, it’s fair to realistically evaluate Michigan State’s chance of getting his signature. When all the variables are weighed, Michigan State seems to have a realistic shot of landing the nation’s top recruit for 2013.
When Jabari Parker cut down his list of possible school choices to five, there were some promising signs for Michigan State basketball. For one, there is no Kentucky in Parker’s list. That automatically tells you Parker isn’t totally concerned with being a one-and-done. If Parker was an automatic one-and-done, that wouldn’t bode well for Michigan State. Michigan State hasn’t had many one-and-dones, and if he were to go that route, Kentucky would probably serve him best. Another major thing that works in Michigan State’s favor is location. Parker is extremely family-orientated and Michigan State is the closest school to this native Chicago. It has also been reported that Parker and his family have a nice relationship with Coach Izzo. With Parker being a family guy, it’s important for Izzo to impress not only him, but his family as well. It seems as if Izzo has done that. In a basketball sense Michigan State would be a great fit for Parker as well. When Parker would be a freshman, the Spartans should still have much of their core and be able to contend. If Brendan Dawson and Garry Harris decide to stay after this year, Parker, Dawson, and
Harris would be a formidable core to a starting line up. Parker would be almost guaranteed playing time right away so that shouldn’t be a problem. Michigan State basketball fans have a right to be excited about possibly getting the nation’s top recruit. That being said, there are certain red flags that point to Parker making a different decision. Parker is a devout Mormon, so BYU represents an extremely attractive option. Parker may or may not go on a missionary mission for two years when he turns 19. It should be assumed that BYU would be more understanding of this decision than other schools. Duke is still in the running as well. Duke, academically and athletically, offer an equally or even more attractive option than Michigan State. Duke is a national powerhouse and the fact that their still on Parker’s list is a little bit troubling. With all the factors included, it’s fair to say Michigan State basketball has a right to be optimistic about signing Jabari Parker.
Jabari Parker would do a lot for Michigan State basketball. Along with his basketball game, he would bring national attention to the team. Taking into account all the signs, it looks as if Michigan State has as good a chance of getting him as any school. Michigan State basketball fans everywhere, should feel good that their program has a legitimate shot of landing the top recruit in the 2013 class.