Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
PHILADELPHIA — Jabari Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013, has trimmed his list to 10 schools.
If you can call going from 14 to 10 a trim.
He Tweeted this list on Wednesday: “UK, Stanford, michigan state, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, Depaul, UNC.”
Parker told SNY.tv last month by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo., that he planned to announce in November.
“I’m on a setback not making as much progress as I should be [cutting his list] but I’m looking to make my choice in November,” he said then.
“I want to do it for me because I want to get it over with before the season starts.”
Duke and Michigan State are considered the favorites, with Kentucky also likely to remain in the mix.
“We would narrow it down to Duke and Michigan State,” longtime recruiting analysts Roy and Harv Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye told CSNChicago.com, a sister Website of SNY.tv.
“Jabari has great relationships with [Michigan State coach] Tom Izzo and [Duke coach] Mike Krzyzewski. That is a very important factor to consider, his relationship with the head coach. And one other thing to consider: Michigan State is closest to home.”
Still, Parker himself said Kentucky deserves serious consideration because of coach John Calipari and the school’s pedigree.
“They’re always winning,” Parker said. “You also gotta consider them because they’re always expected to win against the top-name programs.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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