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By LARRY VAUGHT
Last week Chicago prep star Jabari Parker, perhaps the No. 1 player in the 2013 recruiting class, had narrowed his potential college list to Kentucky, Stanford, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, DePaul, Georgetown and North Carolina.
“I don’t want my family waking up at 12 o’clock in the morning just to watch my games,” Parker told The Associated Press. “But then again I have to go with which program fits me the best and what system and style of play is going to allow me to expand my game out in the pros.”
That sounds a lot like a business decision and with what John Calipari has been doing at UK, that could bode well for Kentucky.
A college coach who has been involved with Parker’s recruiting — and gone against Calipari for players — already has an inkling about what school Parker will eventually pick. He thinks the pick will be Kentucky because the Cats are already the frontrunner. And he didn’t hesitate when predicting that Parker would pick Kentucky even though he could still also opt for a two-year mission trip before going to college.
Again, this is just a prediction by a coach who has been involved in the Parker recruitment, but thought it was interesting that he was already convinced Calipari would once again land a star recruit.