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Top-recruit Parker commits to Duke

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High-school standout Jabari Parker committed to Duke University Thursday during an afternoon press conference call.

A 6-foot-8 forward from Simeon Career Academy, Parker selected the Blue Devils over BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.

Parker, the nation's No. 2 recruit, is Simeon's highest ranked since No. 5 Derrick Rose, who graduated in 2007, attended Memphis and became the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. Nick Anderson, Bobby Simmons and Ben Wilson are also among the players who have attended Simeon.

Parker is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, who handled his recruitment along with Jabari's mother, Lola, and Simeon coach Robert Smith.

Parker was named the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year, Illinois' Mr. Basketball and the national Gatorade Player of the Year last season. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game. He is the fifth Simeon senior to commit to a Division I program this year. Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate are Illinois recruits, Kendall Pollard is heading to Dayton and Quron Davis is bound for Chicago State.
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