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.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Chicago recruiting expert Roy Schmidt says three schools are the favorites to land Jabari Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013.
Schmidt, who has known Sonny Parker for 15 years and Jabari for six, says Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky are the leaders.
“In reality, I think only three schools have a chance, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky,” Schmidt, the editor/publisher of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye, told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam.
“I do think that Kansas and DePaul have the most shots, but are not favorites in comparison with Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky,” he added. “I think those are the three favorites.”
As for Michigan State, Schmidt said: “Jabari’s relationship with [head coach Tom] Izzo is probably as strong as any head coach out there, which is the No. 1 factor driving the recruitment. Plus, it’s the closest to home out of all the major contenders. The family would have no problem seeing him play.”
On Duke: “Strong relationship with Coach K and his ability to get the most out of players. And the fact that it’s Duke.”
On Kentucky: “Coach Cal, plain and simple. His track record speaks for itself in terms of putting players in the NBA and the fact that Jabari’s a likely one-and-done could definitely play in their favor.”
Parker, who is not here at the Peach Jam due to a foot injury, previously told SNY.tv he will announce in November.
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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.
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