Boys Basketball: Jabari Parker names list, leaves Illinois out of the pictureJabari Parker of Simeon lays in a shot high over Evanston's Jordan Perrin. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:58PM
Simeon rising senior Jabari Parker, widely considered the top player in the national class of 2013, tweeted his list of ten possible college destinations Wednesday.
It was not good news for new Illinois coach John Groce.
Parker named Kentucky, Stanford, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, DePaul and North Carolina. Illinois was left off the list.
So barring any late change of mind, Illinois will once again miss out on the top in-state player. Aside from Jereme Richmond, every top in-state recruit in the past decade has wound up somewhere other than Champaign.
Parker has kept a tight lid on his college recruitment, but some recruiting analysts feel Michigan State is the current leader, with Duke a close second.
"If you know in your head, why string anyone along," recruiting analyst Joe Henricksen said. "It's been a tough situation with a completely new coaching staff in Champaign. It was a real inopportune time for Illinois to have the top player in the country in the state. It's not the fault of anyone in the Illinois camp or in the Parker camp."
Parker is expected to make his college choice sometime before the high school season starts in November.