Winning seems to follow Simeon (Chicago) forward Jabari Parker everywhere he goes.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound star forward caught the eyes of several top college basketball programs, including Michigan State, Florida, BYU and Stanford.
But it was Duke that caught Parker. And with his eyes on the prize, he’ll set out to do what he knows best: winning.
Less than a week ago, Parker led Simeon to its fourth consecutive 4A state championship in a 58-40 victory against Stevenson.
Having recovered from a foot injury, Parker looks as polished as ever. There's no doubting or stopping the subject of this week’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
This week’s player: Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago) small forward
2012-13 stats: Averaged 18.4 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 2.7 apg
Best Games: In a March 8 game against Whitney Young, the second-best team in the state, Parker posted 29 points and 13 rebounds to help Simeon advance to the Chicago State supersectional. Parker’s 4A state championship performance included 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Others’ take: “He’s incredible. He’s just so gifted, so smooth and the entire package. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of player. He has the ability to do everything. He’s super skilled and strong.” — Stevenson (Ill.) coach Patrick Ambrose
Look Out For: Long Beach (Calif) small forward Roschon Prince. The USC commit —recently selected as the Gatorade California Boys Basketball Player of the Year —averaged 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season.