Jabari Parker Recruiting: Nation's Top Junior Still Considering Illinois

Forward Jabari Parker is still considering a commitment to Illinois even after the recent firing of head coach Bruce Weber, according to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. Parker, a Chicago native that plays for Simeon Academy in the city, is generally considered the top high school junior in the nation.

Speaking after a recent Simeon game, Parker discussed Weber's ouster:

I was very disappointed. That was a person who first recruited me growing up. I feel like if the (new) coach there tried to recruit me (we) wouldn't have a better relationship than (Weber and I) had. That really plays a key.

Parker also said that he would still consider Illinois because of it's location in-state, which he says will be a major factor in his decision. Other local schools like Northwestern and DePaul have also been pursuing Parker, as well as major national programs such as Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State and Kansas.

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