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Jabari Parker Deemed 'Best High School Basketball Player Since LeBron James' On Cover Of Sports Illustrated

Jabari Parker's name has been known around local basketball circles since the small forward emerged as a freshman starter for perennial Chicago high school hoops powerhouse Simeon Academy, a feat not even Derrick Rose could accomplish. Now, Parker is good enough to be named the 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year as a junior. He's considered the best high school player in the country, a future No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and the best player to come out of our city since....well, Anthony Davis.

But still. Jabari Parker is one hell of a high school basketball player. He's almost qualifies a local legend after leading Simeon to three straight state championships; yep, one for every year he's been in school.

A whole bunch of people who aren't familiar with Parker are about to get acquainted. Parker is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

Via NBC's CollegeBasketballTalk:


"The Best High School Basketball Player Since LeBron James"

It's the type of statement from a national magazine that could drown a teenager in pressure, but by all accounts, Parker will be up for the challenge. He's known a smart and humble kid from a successful family who's been bred his entire life to do something as insane as grace of the cover as Sports Illustrated as a 17-year old.

Parker has yet to make a decision on where he'll go to college, but the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans are considered the front-runners.