Jabari Parker

Jabari Ali Parker[1] (born March 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He ended his college career after one season of playing for Duke University. Parker was a standout high school athlete, helping his team win four straight state championships for Simeon Career Academy, and was named the National High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and McDonald's. In his freshman year for the 2013–14 Duke Blue Devils, he was named a consensus first-team All-American, the USBWA National Freshman of the Year, and the runner-up for the John R. Wooden Award (College Player of the Year). Parker is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker.

Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker Bucks
Parker with the Bucks in November 2014
No. 12 – Washington Wizards
PositionPower forward / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornMarch 15, 1995 (age 24)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolSimeon (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeDuke (2013–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career2014–present
Career history
20142018Milwaukee Bucks
2018–2019Chicago Bulls
2019–presentWashington Wizards
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Parker's family has lived on Chicago's South Side since before Jabari was born, and he was raised in the South Shore community area.[2] Parker's father, Sonny, has served hundreds of Chicago metropolitan area children as youth foundation director since 1990. Parker discovered basketball in one of his father's many leagues, although his father has never coached one of his teams.[3] He honed his basketball skills with his brother Christian on the basketball court at his local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in the Hyde Park community area in order to avoid the hazards of urban playgrounds.[4] By second grade his basketball skills were superior to those of the fifth-graders he played with, and he competed in middle school leagues as a fifth grader.[3] He credits his cousin Jay Parker for pushing him to be better, starting when Jabari was in third grade and Jay was in fifth.[5] Sometimes, Jabari and Christian played basketball all through the night at the church.[6] Jabari actually made the eighth-grade team as a fourth-grader, but could not play until fifth grade for insurance reasons.[2] In fifth grade, he had five Division I scholarship offers as a 6-foot (1.83 m) guard.[7] In sixth grade, when he stood at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m), he visited Simeon for a day and scrimmaged with Derrick Rose.[4] Parker attended Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary and made headlines when he made Simeon Career Academy his high school choice, just like Rose, Nick Anderson, Ben Wilson, Bobby Simmons and Deon Thomas before him.[8][9] Parker has two older sisters who had attended Simeon.[10] However, he has claimed that the reason he chose Simeon was due to his perception of the likelihood that he could achieve team success on the basketball court (as measured in championships).[11] During the summer after finishing middle school, he received a National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp invitation, which he accepted. By this time, he stood at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[12]

High school career

Freshman year

Parker was the first freshman to start on the Simeon varsity team in school history.[13] Over the course of the season, he contributed 19.3 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game, while his team won the IHSA Class 4A state championship with a 25–9 record.[14] By the end of the season, he had received numerous scholarship offers, including those from Illinois, Kansas, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Florida, Washington, BYU and Oregon State as well as significant interest from Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.[15][16] He earned the ESPN HS 2010 Freshman of the Year.[14][17] He was a MaxPreps.com second team 2009-10 Boys Basketball Freshman All-American Team selection.[18]

Sophomore year

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Parker in January 2011

As a sophomore, Parker helped his team spend much of the season ranked nationally in the top five.[19][20][21] That season, he averaged 15.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while his team won the IHSA Class 4A state championship with a 30–2 record.[14] He earned second team All-State recognition from the Chicago Tribune,[22] while the Chicago Sun-Times listed him as a Class 4A All-State first-team selection with Ryan Boatright, Tracy Abrams, David Sobolewski and Frank Kaminsky.[23] The 12-man Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A boys' all-state first team included these five and Wayne Blackshear, Johnny Hill, Mike Shaw, Nnanna Egwu, Sam Thompson, Anthony Davis and Mycheal Henry.[24] He earned the ESPN HS 2011 Sophomore of the year.[14][25] He was a MaxPreps.com first team 2010-11 Boys Basketball Sophomore All-American Team selection.[26]

Junior year

During his junior year preseason, Parker participated in the July 2011 LeBron James Skill Academy,[27] and he was one of a handful of juniors invited to the August 5–7, 2011 5th annual Nike Global Challenge,[28] where he earned tournament MVP honors.[29]

During the season, Parker established the Simeon single-game scoring record with 40 points in 21 minutes of play to go along with 16 rebounds and 6 blocked shots against Perspectives High School.[30][31][32] As a junior in high school, he received offers from Duke, Kansas, BYU, Kentucky, UNC, and others.[33] On February 17, Parker and Simeon won the Public League championship by defeating Curie Metropolitan High School 53–49.[34][35] Both the semifinals and finals were broadcast on ESPN3.[36] Coaches Izzo, Krzyzewski, Matta and Weber as well as Mayor Emanuel and cadres of their assistants were among those in attendance to see this March 6 IHSA sectional semifinal against Young won by Simeon 52–42 in which Parker led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds.[37][38][39] In the days prior to the state final four, Parker stated that although Coach Weber had been fired, he remained interested in Illinois and other in-state schools such as DePaul and Northwestern.[40] Parker had 15 points in the March 17 championship game 50–48 victory over the Sterling Brown-led Proviso East High School,[41][42] resulting in a 33–1 junior year record for Simeon.[43] The state semifinals and the finals were broadcast live on ESPN3.[36] For the season, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per game[43][44][45] or 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game,[46][47] depending on the source, while shooting 55 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.[43][44][46] Following the season, he was featured in a May cover story in Sports Illustrated with the title "The Best High School Basketball Player Since LeBron James is...Jabari Parker But There's Something More Important To Him Than Instant NBA Stardom: His Faith". The story presented his humility and noted that he is conflicted on his decision to serve as an LDS missionary.[4] Parker announced that he anticipated trimming his potential schools to a list of five by the end of the summer so that he could plan official visits.[48]

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Parker on May 21, 2012 cover of Sports Illustrated

For his efforts during his junior year, Parker earned several accolades. The Chicago Sun-Times named him to the Class 4A All-State first team along with Jahlil Okafor, Keith Carter, Darius Paul and Fred VanVleet.[49] He was also a first team (unanimous) All-State selection by the Associated Press along with VanVleet, Carter, Taylor, and Malcolm Hill.[50] The Chicago Tribune named him first team All-State along with Carter, Aaron Simpson, Taylor, and VanVleet.[51] He was named the 2012 Illinois boys' basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.[43] He became the first non-senior honoree in the 32-year history of Illinois Mr. Basketball, which is awarded by the Chicago Tribune in conjunction with the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.[52] On April 12, he was announced as the winner of the national boys' basketball Gatorade Player of the Year, which was presented to him by ex-NBA player Alonzo Mourning who greeted him at his school in a special assembly.[46] Parker was the fourth junior to win the award (LeBron James, Greg Oden and Brandon Knight).[45][46][47][53] Parker finished second to Muhammad in ESPN HS's Mr. Basketball USA voting. They were the only two players to appear on every ballot.[54] However, Parker was selected as the ESPN HS National Junior of the Year and the MaxPreps.com National Junior of the Year.[6][55] He was selected as a first team ESPN HS boys' high school basketball All-American along with Kyle Anderson, Marcus Smart, Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel by ESPN HS.[56] He was also a first team All-USA selection by USA Today with the same four players.[57] SLAM Magazine selected him to its first team along with Anderson, Muhammad, Noel and Isaiah Austin.[58]

Senior year

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Defending Jahlil Okafor in the IHSA playoffs
20130126 Jabari Parker shooting over Paul White at Simeon-Whitney Young game
Shooting over a defender
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Boxing out a defender in the IHSA championship
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Approaching the rim during for a tip-in, 2013 McDonald's AABG
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Blocking a jump shot by Andrew Wiggins, 2013 McDonald's AABG

Parker entered the summer of 2012 as the consensus number one player in the country until he was sidelined with a foot injury, which caused him to miss some games during the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship.[59] Parker was one of ten USA Today preseason All-USA selections,[60] and his team was ranked No. 1 preseason nationally by MaxPreps.com.[61] On December 20, 2012, he chose to play for Duke.[62][63][64]

Over the course of his senior season, Parker and Simeon played in six showcase games that required travel outside of the region.[65] Three of the showcase games were broadcast nationally on one of the ESPN networks.[66]

Parker led Simeon to its fourth consecutive IHSA class 4A state championship with a 58–40 victory over Stevenson High School, matching Manual High School's IHSA record of four consecutive IHSA basketball championships.[67][68][69] In the process, Parker, who scored 20 points and had 8 rebounds, became the second player (Sergio McClain) in IHSA history to start for four consecutive state basketball champions.[67][68][69] Simeon finished with a 30–3 record.[67][68]

Several more accolades followed his senior year performance. USA Basketball selected Parker as a member of the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team for the April 20, 2013 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden.[70] On February 12, Parker was recognized as a 2013 All-Public League first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times.[71] That same day, Parker was selected to play in the April 13 Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center.[72][73] On March 18, Parker earned the Morgan Wootten Male Player of the Year,[74] which recognizes "the McDonald's All-American who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and exemplifies the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and the community".[75] On March 21, Parker was named the Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year,[76] and on March 25, he repeated as Illinois Mr. Basketball.[77][78] On April 9, he earned another National Player of the Year recognition, this time by MaxPreps.com.[79] On April 17, he was a first team All-USA selection by USA Today,[80] and on May 18, he was named a 2013 first-team Parade All-American.[81]

During the McDonald's All-Star game played at the United Center in his hometown, Parker scored 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting and added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, contributing to a 110–99 West victory.[82][83] At the April 13 Jordan Brand Classic played at the Barclays Center, Parker was co-MVP along with Julius Randle.[84] He had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists to help lead the West team to a 102–98 victory.[85] At the April 20 Nike Hoops Summit held in Portland, Oregon, Parker had a team high 22 points and 7 rebounds as the U.S Junior National Select Team was defeated 112–98 by the World Select team.[86][87][88]

Parker concluded his high school career as the fourth rated player in the class of 2013 according to Rivals, behind Wiggins, Randle, and Aaron Gordon.[89]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jabari Parker
SF
Chicago Simeon (Illinois) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Dec 20, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 3, 2 (SF)   Rivals: 4, 2 (SF)  ESPN: 2, 2 (SF)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2013 Duke Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  • "2013 Duke Basketball Commitment List". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  • "2013 Duke Basketball Commitment List". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.

College career

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Parker announcing his verbal commitment to play at Duke

During the summer prior to matriculating at Duke, Parker participated in the Nike sponsored Chi-League, a 9-weekend 10-team Chicago summer pro-am league,[90] During this time, Parker was projected by the press as a true freshman starter for the 2013–14 Blue Devils,[91] and he was assigned to wear number 1, a number only previously worn at Duke by Kyrie Irving.[92] Preseason honors included preseason All-American first team listings by Sporting News and USA Today,[93][94] and being named the preseason ACC Rookie of the Year.[95] Parker was also one of nine freshmen named to the 50-man Wooden Award preseason watchlist.[96]

Parker debuted for Duke on November 8 with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block against Davidson—becoming Krzyzewski's fifth freshman to debut with 20 points and was part of Duke's first game with four 20-point scorers (along with Hood, Cook and Sulaimon) in school history. For his efforts, on November 11 Parker earned his first ACC Rookie of the Week recognition.[97][98][99] On November 13, Parker earned his second Sports Illustrated cover as part of a four-version set of regional covers depicting college basketball's greatest rivalries on the College Basketball Preview Issue.[100] On November 12 in the Champions Classic at his hometown United Center, Parker posted 27 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block in a losing effort against Wiggins's Kansas Jayhawks.[101] On January 18, Parker scored 23 against NC State, tying him with Gene Banks for most 20-point games by a Duke freshman.[102] On January 25, Parker tallied 14 points, 3 steals and 14 rebounds against Florida State to help Mike Krzyzewski win his 900th game at Duke.[103] On March 8, in the second Carolina–Duke rivalry game of the season, Parker had a career high 30 points.[104] On March 10, he earned a record-tying (Kenny Anderson and Tyler Hansbrough) tenth ACC rookie of the week honor in the final week of the regular season.[105][106]

In postseason play, Parker yielded a 20-point performance in the semifinals of the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament against NC State on March 15, which marked his 17th such effort and moved him into sole possession of second place on the ACC freshman list, ahead of Marbury.[107] In the March 16 championship game against Virginia, Parker posted his 18th 20-point game, which was one short of Anderson's ACC freshman record.[108] Parker and the team, ranked No. 3 in the Midwest region, ended the season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to No. 14 Mercer.[109] Parker set the Duke record for freshman scoring average (19.1) and became the first freshman to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding.[110]

Parker received much recognition for his freshman year performance. He was unanimously selected to both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) All-ACC first team and the Coaches All-ACC Freshman Team.[111][112] He was also selected to the Coaches All-ACC Basketball first team with the most points.[113] Parker was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year receiving 72 of 77 votes and placed second for the ACC Player of the Year award, trailing Warren 48–25.[114] Parker was a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection by The Associated Press,[115] The Sporting News,[116][117] Sports Illustrated,[118] NBC Sports,[119] Bleacher Report,[120] United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA),[121] National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC),[122] and USA Today.[123] Parker was USBWA National Freshman of the Year and named to the 2013 Freshman All-American.[124] He was selected to the first team All-ACC Tournament team.[125] Parker also earned John R. Wooden Award All-American Team recognition.[126]

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks (2014–2018)

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Parker about to score against the Washington Wizards in 2014

On April 17, Parker declared for the 2014 NBA draft in an exclusive autobiographical story in Sports Illustrated.[127] He signed with sports agent Rich Paul,[128] but other sources, such as SLAM Magazine, suggest that he signed with BJ Armstrong.[129] Parker declined to participate in the NBA Draft Combine.[130] On June 26, Parker was selected no. 2 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.[131] Just prior to the draft, Parker signed a shoe endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand.[132]

On July 9, 2014, Parker signed with the Bucks and joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[133][134] In the 2014–15 NBA.com Rookie Survey at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot on August 6, Parker was named by his peers as both the most likely to be Rookie of the Year and the most likely to have the best NBA career.[135]

On October 29, 2014, Parker made his NBA debut in the Bucks' season opener against the Charlotte Hornets. In just under 37 minutes of action as a starter, he recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in a 108–106 overtime loss.[136] Two nights later in his first home game, he posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers.[137] On November 19, he posted a season-high 23 points in a triple-overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.[138] Parker was selected as the October/November Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.[139] On December 15, Parker suffered a season-ending injury by tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against the Phoenix Suns.[140]

Parker's injury extended into the beginning of the 2015–16 NBA season.[141] He returned to action on November 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fifth game of the season for the Bucks but struggled, posting just two points in 16 minutes as a starter.[142][143] As he ramped up his activity, he was rested on the second of back-to-back games.[144] Nonetheless, after five games, he endured a sprain in his talonavicular joint in the right mid-foot causing him to be expected to miss several games.[145] He only missed one game.[146] The following week, he began to come off the bench while O. J. Mayo took his starting spot.[147] On December 12, Parker had a 19-point, 7-rebound, 2-steal performance against the Golden State Warriors to help end their 24-game win streak.[148] On January 27, 2016, he was named to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game weekend Rising Stars Challenge lineup.[149] On February 19, he tied his career high with 23 points in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[150] He surpassed that total the following night, recording career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 117–109 double-overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks.[151] On February 29, Parker set a new career high with 36 points in a 128–121 Bucks victory over the Houston Rockets.[152]

On January 15, 2017, Parker was one assist and one field goal shy of his first NBA triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks.[153] February 9, Parker was ruled out for the rest of the 2016–17 season after an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. The recovery and rehabilitation period was estimated at 12 months. It was his second ACL tear in the same knee, the first having occurred in December 2014.[154] For the season, he averaged 20.1 points (2nd on team), 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 33.9 minutes over 51 games before the injury.[155] On December 18, 2017, the Bucks assigned Parker to their NBA G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, so that he could practice while completing his recovery.[156] After two workouts with the Herd, Parker was recalled by the Bucks on December 19.[157]

On February 2, 2018, Parker made his first appearance for the Bucks since February 9, 2017, scoring 12 points in a 92–90 win over the New York Knicks. He made 4 of 7 shots over nearly 15 minutes as a reserve.[158] On February 27, 2018, he scored a season-high 19 points in a 107–104 loss to the Washington Wizards.[159] On March 21, 2018, he scored a season-high 20 points in 30 minutes (the most he'd played since rejoining the team) in a 127–120 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[160] On April 1, he posted a season-high 35 points along with 10 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets.[161] It marked the first time all season that Parker played more than a few seconds over his 30-minute cap since his return to the lineup.[162] Following the 2017–18 NBA season, the Bucks made Parker a qualifying offer, giving them the right to match an offer sheet within 48 hours.[163] The Bucks later retracted the qualifying offer, allowing Parker and the Chicago Bulls to agree a contract.[164]

Chicago Bulls (2018–2019)

On July 14, 2018, Parker signed a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.[164][165] He debuted with the Bulls on October 18 with 15 points and 5 rebounds off the bench against the Philadelphia 76ers.[166][167] Four days later, he scored a season-high 20 points off the bench against the Dallas Mavericks.[168] On November 21, Parker posted 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns, but his eight assists left him two short of his first career triple-double.[169] In early December, soon after Jim Boylen took over the head coaching position from Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls dropped Parker from their rotation, no longer giving him regular minutes.[170] This was also about the time that Bobby Portis returned to the lineup on December 10, after sitting out nearly seven weeks.[171] Parker posted 22 points on January 29 against the Brooklyn Nets.[172]

Washington Wizards (2019–present)

On February 6, 2019, Parker was traded, along with Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Otto Porter.[173][174] Parker posted career highs with 14 rebounds on February 27 against the Brooklyn Nets.[175] and 15 rebounds on March 27 against the Phoenix Suns.[176]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Milwaukee 25 25 29.5 .490 .250 .697 5.5 1.7 1.2 .2 12.3
2015–16 Milwaukee 76 72 31.7 .493 .257 .768 5.2 1.7 .9 .4 14.1
2016–17 Milwaukee 51 50 33.9 .490 .365 .743 6.2 2.8 1.0 .4 20.1
2017–18 Milwaukee 31 3 24.0 .482 .383 .741 4.9 1.9 .8 .3 12.6
2018–19 Chicago 39 17 26.7 .474 .325 .731 6.2 2.2 .6 .4 14.3
2018–19 Washington 25 0 27.3 .523 .296 .684 7.2 2.7 .9 .6 15.0
Career 247 167 29.7 .491 .337 .739 5.7 2.1 .9 .4 15.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Milwaukee 7 0 23.9 .452 .316 .615 6.1 1.4 1.0 .6 10.0
Career 7 0 23.9 .452 .316 .615 6.1 1.4 1.0 .6 10.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Duke 35 35 30.7 .473 .358 .748 8.7 1.2 1.1 1.2 19.1

International career

In October 2010, Parker was among the 18 players who participated in the 2011–12 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp giving him an automatic invitation to the June 10–18, 2011 tryouts for FIBA U16 competition at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[177] Parker was one of four Chicago products to emerge from the 27-man tryouts as part of the 12-man team.[178] He was MVP of the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where Team USA won a gold medal.[14] This qualified the United States for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.[14] The team, which was coached by Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School, scored over 100 points in each outing.[179] Parker set the USA U16 single-game scoring record of 27 points.[14] In December 2011, he was named USA Basketball's Male Athlete of the Year based on his FIBA Americas performance, which made him the youngest winner ever.[180][181][182] While on the stage to accept the award from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he claims that he told the mayor "I hope they don't boo me."[183]

He was selected for the USA team that competed in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania from June 29 – July 8, 2012 along with Simeon teammate Kendrick Nunn and Whitney Young rival Okafor.[184] The team won the gold medal, although Parker missed some games, including the semifinal, with an ankle injury.[185][186]

Player profile

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Parker in November 2014

Parker was frequently compared to Derrick Rose in high school. According to Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael O'Brien, as of November 2011, Rose had a 3–0 advantage in defining moments: "the back-to-back dunks against Washington in the city championship at the United Center, the game-winning shot in overtime to give Simeon the state championship against Peoria Richwoods and the dismantling of Oak Hill, the top-ranked team in the country."[187] Rose's game against the Oak Hill team with Brandon Jennings, Nolan Smith and Alex Legion on ESPN is described as Rose's national introduction.[188] Although there are comparisons to Rose, his game is most often compared to Grant Hill and Paul Pierce.[3][15][189] Dime Magazine describes him as "Grant Hill with a jump shot".[190] Parker claims to model his game after Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony.[191] He hopes to be regarded as the best high school basketball player in the history of the city of Chicago and has stated that "being compared to Derrick also drives me. I know if I get better than him or break the records he broke I could be one of the best players to come out of Chicago. I look forward to being one of those players."[44]

Because of the title of the Sports Illustrated story that compared Parker to LeBron James, Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News stated that "Jabari Parker is, rather, the best [high school basketball player] since Greg Oden."[192] In addition, Parker was considered to have a much less developed physique than James at the same stage of development.[193] CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello also contested the proclamation, pointing out that since James's 2003 class both Dwight Howard (2004) and Oden (2006) were consensus top players in their classes and that Parker might not be any better than the most recent consensus, Oden. In addition, CBS noted that Parker "might not even be the best high school basketball player in the country, given the development of class of 2014's Andrew Wiggins."[194] Chicago Tribune writer Mike Helfgot described the Sports Illustrated comparison as "incredibly irresponsible journalism", noting he had once worked for the Star-Ledger when it described Derrick Caracter as the next James.[195]

Following his four consecutive championships with Simeon, Parker (and Chicago's Simeon) were compared to McClain (and Peoria's Manual). Peoria's Journal Star emphasized that McClain was 32–0 as a starter in IHSA play because in the 1994–97 time period the IHSA was only divided into two classes. Thus, Manual had to wade through an 8-round tournament instead of the 7-round modern 4-class format.[69] However, Simeon won 6 of its 7 games in its final championship by more than 10 points, while Manual only won 3 of its 8 by such a margin.[69] In the postgame press conference, Simeon Coach Smith emphasized that his team had to endure the pressure of playing a national schedule that included games against elite teams in distant venues. Note, that with the 4-class system rather than the 2-class system of the past, the 2013 Class 3A IHSA champion was CPL runner-up Morgan Park, who split 2 neutral court 2013 games with Simeon.[68] As noted above, Rose-era Simeon teams only won 2 championships in the 2-class era.[187] Adding Parker's 55-11 start[14] to a 33–1 junior year[43] and a 30–3 senior season[67][68] gives him a 118–15 legacy compared to Rose's 120–12.[187]

Personal life

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Parents, Sonny and Lola, listen as Jabari makes his verbal commitment to Duke basketball on December 20, 2012.

Parker is of Tongan and African American descent. His parents are Folola "Lola" Finau-Parker and Sonny Parker.[14] His father, Sonny, a Chicago native, played for the Texas A&M Aggies before becoming a 1976 NBA Draft first round selection (17th overall) by the Golden State Warriors.[3] He played in the NBA for six seasons.[191] Sonny was an NBA teammate of former Washington Huskies men's basketball head coach Lorenzo Romar.[3] In 2013, he developed a kidney disease that requires dialysis, making it difficult for him to attend Jabari's games.[196] His mother, Lola, a Polynesian native of Tonga, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and emigrated to Salt Lake City at age three.[3] Her grandfather was the second Tongan baptized by LDS missionaries.[4] Several of Lola's cousins are National Football League athletes, including Harvey Unga, Haloti Ngata and Tony Moeaki,[183][191] and one of her first cousins once removed, Tony Finau, made his PGA Tour debut in October 2014.[197] His parents met at a mall when she was a student at Brigham Young University and he was playing for the Warriors.[2][3][4] After helping him find a dress shirt, Sonny left her tickets to his game.[4] After he retired and she served her mission, they married and settled in Chicago.[4] The family lives in the South Shore community area where his parents settled after marrying[2] and has turned down two movie offers.[3]

Parker has six siblings.[191] His older brothers are named Darryl and Christian, while his older sisters are named Iman and Tilah.[14] Darryl lettered two years for the Oregon Ducks basketball team,[198] starting for the team in the 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[199] Christian played basketball for Brigham Young University–Hawaii.[4]

Jabari grew up (and remains) an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While attending Simeon Career Academy, Parker attended LDS Seminary two mornings a week, according to ESPN, and three days a week, according to The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Chicago Sun-Times.[2][3][4][183] At the time of his sixteenth birthday, he became a LDS priest (as is customary in his faith). He has both performed baptisms and administered the weekly sacrament.[4] In addition, he regularly traveled with his bishop during his monthly visitations to comfort the sick, the poor and the elderly.[4]

Parker worked out with basketball trainer Tim Grover.[3] Jabari prefers individual training sessions with his brother Darryl instead of playing pick-up games.[200] Following his sophomore year, ESPN reported that he had a 3.4 grade point average.[3] By the end of the first semester of his junior year, The New York Times reported his GPA was 3.7.[2] By April of his junior year, his GPA was 3.63, ranking 18th in his class of 377 and his extracurricular activities includes service as the principal-appointed president of student representatives to the local school council, a youth basketball instructor, and a volunteer for Operation PUSH, The Salvation Army, and the New Beginnings Church.[46] In high school, he was known for carrying a backpack filled with basketball equipment, along with an iPod, and a copy of the Book of Mormon.[4]

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2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

The 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game is an All-star basketball game that was played on April 3, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, home of the Chicago Bulls. It is the 36th annual McDonald's All-American Game for high school boys. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited blue chip boys high school basketball players graduating in 2013. Chicago, which became the first city to host the game in back-to-back years in 2012, will continue to host the game annually at least until 2015. The Kentucky Wildcats landed a record number of 5 selections at the time of the original selection and an additional later commitment. The West team won the game by a 110–99 margin and Aaron Gordon was MVP.

2013–14 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season

The 2013–14 ACC men's basketball season began with practices in October 2013, followed by the start of the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in early January 2014 and concluded in March with the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro. The 2013–14 season marked the first season for three new additions to the conference from the Big East: Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. It was also the final ACC season for conference charter member Maryland, which left after the season for the Big Ten Conference.

2013–14 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by thirty-fourth year and Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. They played its home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 26–9, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place. They advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Mercer.

2014 NBA draft

The 2014 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 20, 2014. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft; this is the fourth number-one pick for Cleveland since 2003 and third number-one pick over a four-year span from 2011–2014. This draft would also be the first for the reborn Charlotte Hornets, who played as the Bobcats from 2004–2014, since 2001, when the original Charlotte Hornets last selected as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans and eventually becoming the current New Orleans Pelicans.

Television rights in the United States belonged to ESPN. It was tipped by many to be one of the deepest and most hyped draft classes in recent years, with several players touted as future stars. College underclassmen that were highly touted by NBA scouts and executives included: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine, T. J. Warren, and Gary Harris. Other highly sought after talents included Australian player Dante Exum and Croatian player Dario Šarić, who both declared for the draft, and Doug McDermott, who was automatically eligible as a graduating college senior.

Highlights from the draft included the first selections made by Adam Silver as commissioner and Mark Tatum as deputy commissioner, the second Canadian to be the first overall pick (Andrew Wiggins), the first pair of Canadian top 10 picks and second pair of Canadian lottery picks (Wiggins and Nik Stauskas), three top 20 Canadian selections (Wiggins, Stauskas, and Tyler Ennis), the first NBA Development League player to be selected in the first round (P. J. Hairston), the first time multiple NBA Development League players were selected in the same draft (Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo), and the first Cape Verdean player to be selected in the draft (Walter Tavares). In addition, a standing ovation for Isaiah Austin occurred between the 15th and 16th picks of the draft, which included having the NBA itself hold a ceremonial pick to select him as a means of letting his dream of having his name be heard in the NBA draft come true, which happened days after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and originally was never considered to play professional basketball again. Nearly two months after the draft ended, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland; this resulted in the second time since the NBA–ABA merger that a first overall draft pick would not play a single game for the team that drafted him (the first time being the Orlando Magic drafted Chris Webber first overall in 1993 and then minutes later, traded Webber to the Golden State Warriors for Golden State's third overall pick in the 1993 Draft, Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway plus three of Golden State's future first-round draft selections).

2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2014 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2014–15 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2014–15 Milwaukee Bucks season is the 47th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of December 27, 2014, they have matched the total number of wins (15) from the 2013–14 season, their lowest in franchise history.The Bucks finished the regular season 41-41, a 26 win improvement from their disappointing previous season, and clinched the sixth seed despite losing their top pick Jabari Parker to an injury early in the season. The Bucks' season ended with a 2-4 first round playoff series loss to the Chicago Bulls.

2015–16 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2015–16 Milwaukee Bucks season was the 48th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On December 12, 2015, the team ended the Golden State Warriors 28-game winning streak including their NBA record-setting 24–0 start.

2016–17 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2016–17 Milwaukee Bucks season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). For the first time since 2010, the Bucks had a winning record in the regular season.

The Bucks finished the regular season with a 42–40 record, securing the 6th seed. In the playoffs, they faced off against the 3rd seeded Toronto Raptors, where they lost in six games. It would also be the last season with John Hammond as general manager. He would leave his spot to become the general manager of the Orlando Magic on May 23, 2017.

2018–19 Chicago Bulls season

The 2018–19 Chicago Bulls season was the 53rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

On December 3, 2018, the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg and replaced him with his assistant Jim Boylen.This season also produced the Bulls' highest-scoring game in franchise history, recording 168 points on March 1, 2019 in a quadruple overtime 168–161 win over the Atlanta Hawks. It broke a team record previously set in the 1983–84 season. It was also the third-highest scoring game in NBA history, as well as the third game where both teams scoring broke through the 160 point barrier in the same game.

2018–19 Washington Wizards season

The 2018–19 Washington Wizards season was the 58th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 46th in the Washington, D.C. area. On March 28, 2019, they were eliminated from playoff contention after the Milwaukee Bucks' victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 and possibly due to star John Wall undergoing a season-ending surgery on his left Achilles. On April 2, the Wizards fired long-standing team president and general manager Ernie Grunfeld.

Donte Ingram

Donte Ingram (born August 15, 1996) is an American basketball player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Loyola Ramblers. Before Loyola, he attended Simeon Career Academy and was teammates with NBA player Jabari Parker. Ingram drew national attention after helping the 2017–18 Ramblers reach the Final Four round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. He was named to the Second team All-Missouri Valley Conference as a senior after averaging 11.5 points per game.

Double team

In basketball, a double team (also double-team, double teaming, or double-teaming) is a defensive alignment in which two defensive players are assigned to guard a single offensive player.

Among basketball strategies in which defenders are assigned to specific players (as opposed to "zone defenses" in which they are assigned to specific regions of the court), each defender is assigned to one offensive player (a "man-to-man" alignment). However, when an offensive player is overwhelming his or her defender, another defender may help out and create a double team. A successful double teaming can greatly impede that offensive player's movement and passing, such that passing him or her the ball frequently results in a turnover. However, because devoting two defenders to a single offensive player leaves another offensive player unguarded, if the offensive player succeeds in both receiving the ball and passing it to that teammate, the teammate's likelihood of making a shot becomes much higher than usual.

Double teaming is employed more frequently near the basket than away from it because a) offensive players' likelihood of making any given shot is greater and b) because players tend to congregate near the basket when the ball is in play there, a double-teaming defender can more easily break away if necessary (e.g., to recover a rebound or to block a shot from another player). One common offensive strategy is to have a tall, physically imposing player (usually a center) "post up" to force a double team, such that he can then either shoot or pass to the unguarded player (often a strong long-distance ["outside"] shooter attempting to make a three-point shot). A defending team may also double-team a good offensive player away from the basket simply to interfere with the offensive team's preferred tactics.

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all-time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.

Erin Boley

Erin Boley is an American women's basketball player with the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team at the University of Oregon. In 2016, while a student-athlete at Elizabethtown High School, she was named the Gatorade High School Basketball Player of the Year.

FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship

The FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship is an under-16 basketball championship in the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Americas zone. The event started in 2009 and is held bi-annually. The winners compete in the FIBA Under-17 World Championship.

Illinois Mr. Basketball

Each year the Illinois Mr. Basketball award is given to the person chosen as the best high school boys basketball player in the U.S. state of Illinois.

The award has been given since 1981. Most of the award winners have gone on to play at the highest levels of college basketball, and many have gone on to play in the National Basketball Association. On April 5, 2010, Jon Scheyer became the second winner to also have played on both a high school state championship and a Division 1 NCAA championship team, along with Brian Sloan. In 2012 Jabari Parker became the first non-senior to win the award, and in 2013 he became the first to win the award twice. In 2017 Mark Smith became the 12th winner to enroll at the University of Illinois.

Voting is done on a points system. Each voter selects first, second, and third-place votes. A player receives five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The player who receives the most points receives the award.

Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor (pronounced ; born December 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played his freshman season of college for the 2014–15 Duke national championship team. He was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He has previously played in the NBA for the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

Okafor had been heavily recruited before high school and was at the top of the recruiting rankings for several years. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonald's, USA Today and Parade. At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, he earned the Tournament MVP for the gold-medal winning USA team. In 2013, Okafor led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public High School League (CPL) city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013. The following summer, he was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, for the gold-medal Team USA. Following his senior season, he earned broad All-American recognition and was named national player of the year by Parade, USA Today and McDonald's among other players. He signed with Duke as a package with Tyus Jones, with widespread recognition as the preseason Collegiate National Player of the Year.

At Duke, he earned the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, and a unanimous 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection. In the week following Duke's victory in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament against Wisconsin, Okafor announced that he would enter the NBA draft.

NBA Draft Combine

The NBA Draft Combine is a multi-day showcase that takes place every May before the annual June NBA draft. At the combine, college basketball players are measured and take medical tests, are interviewed, perform various athletic tests and shooting drills, and play in five-on-five drills for an audience of National Basketball Association (NBA) coaches, general managers, and scouts. Athletes attend by invitation only. An athlete's performance during the combine can affect perception, draft status, salary, and ultimately the player's career.

The athletic tests include a standing vertical jump, maximum vertical jump, bench press, three-quarter-court sprint time, lane agility time, and modified event time. Physical measurements include height with shoes, height without shoes, wingspan, weight, standing reach, body fat, hand length, and hand width. The shooting tests include spot-up three-point field goals from various distances (high school, college, and NBA) depending upon position, shooting off the dribble, and timed jump shots on the move. Although the NBA Draft Combine is the largest pre-draft gathering for testing and drills, international players can attend a separate Eurocamp at a later date. Parts of the combine are televised on ESPNU and ESPN2.In 2013, Rudy Gobert set the Combine records for wingspan 7 feet 8.5 inches (2.35 m) and standing reach 9 feet 7 inches (2.92 m). Those records were later be broken in 2018 by Mohamed Bamba, and then by Tacko Fall a year later. Fall also became the tallest participant in event history at 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m). D. J. Stephens set the vertical leap record in 2013 at 46 inches (1.17 m). Combine results may or may not affect draft position, depending on certain results from it. Supposedly, medical test results caused Jared Sullinger to fall to No. 21 in 2012, while Kevin Durant was drafted No. 2 in 2007 despite not being able to do a single repetition on the 185-pound (84 kg) bench press. Durant is not alone; Jamal Crawford, Monta Ellis, T. J. Ford, and Luke Ridnour are among the zero-rep producers. The record is 27 reps by Jason Keep in 2003. In 2016, Tyler Ulis set the Combine record for being the lightest player to record his weight at the event, being set at 149 pounds. The heaviest players recorded at the Combine were Dexter Pittman back in 2010 and Isaac Haas in 2018, both of whom were set at 303 pounds.The invitation list is determined by a vote of the member teams of the NBA. In 2013, 63 players were invited. 60 players were invited in 2014. The vast majority of players receiving invitations attend. In 2014, the top three candidates (Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid) declined invitations and a few others (such as Mitch McGary and Adreian Payne) declined after receiving them or at least declined full participation, but 59 participants were expected. Each team is allowed a maximum of 18 official interviews during the combine.Beginning in 2010, a D-League elite mini-camp lasting two days preceded the Combine. Beginning in 2016, players could enter the draft and participate in the combine multiple times. In 2019, the event was changed into the NBA G League Elite Camp, which became a three day event showcasing both NBA draft hopefuls and elite NBA G League prospects. This event also allows a limited amount of draft prospects a chance to transfer into the NBA Draft Combine after the NBA G League Elite Camp concludes.

Sonny Parker (basketball)

Robert S. "Sonny" Parker (born March 22, 1955) is a retired American professional basketball player who played small forward and shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft after attending and playing basketball at Texas A&M University. After retiring from basketball, Parker created the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation in Chicago to help inner-city students.

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