Simeon, the nation's No. 1 high school basketball team, went down to Texas to take on DeSoto (TX) and, despite all the hype, lost 67-57. Much-hyped college hoops prospect Jabari Parker scored only five points, and Duke commit (and possible future teammate) Matt Jones put in 23.
It was only Parker's second game back after he fractured his right foot, so the signs of rust were quite pronounced. Parker was called for five traveling violations. He was frustrated after the game, but understood that it takes time to get back into form after being on the shelf with an injury:
"We've got a long ways to go," Parker said. "I just came off an injury, and it's going to be a long time. Physically, I'm
almost there, but my body's not doing things I want it to."
Parker said he will make his college announcement next Thursday, Dec. 20, and it's expected he'll choose between Duke and Michigan State. BYU, Florida, and Stanford are also finalists for his commitment. Both Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo were said to be in attendance for the game, among other coaches.