Bio: Jabari Parker


6'9" 241 lbs SF/PF 19 years old Duke
2013-14 35 30.7 47.2 35.8 74.8 19.1 8.7 1.2 1.1 1.2 2.3


Parker and Recommendations — Way back in high school, Parker led Simeon High in Chicago to four straight state titles. After being courted by all the top schools, he committed to Duke and played one mostly breathtaking season, earning first-team consensus All-American status. A tailor-made one-and-done prospect, the confluence of Duke’s shocking first-round tournament loss to Mercer, Parker’s Mormon background (mission trips are custom), and Mike Krzyzewski’s counsel combined to make people like us sweat a bit. Alas, he declared for the draft via Sports Illustrated.

Knowledge his Power – Parker is regarded as a smart kid off the court and a polished talent on the court. Everyone seems to consider him the guy most ready to contribute on Day One in the NBA. He hit double-figures in points in 33 of 35 games at Duke, and showed off a diverse offensive game well beyond his years. There is some question about his position at the next level, but most people are now saying power forward.

Important Numbers

8.7 — Parker is known first and foremost as a pure scorer. Yet he didn’t lead the league in scoring, rather, he led the ACC in rebounding as a freshman with 8.7 per game. Defense is not considered his strong suit (to put it lightly), but if defensive rebounding counts as defense, he might have something here.

28.7 — PER is not nearly as useful in the college game as the pros because there is such a massive variation in strength of schedules in college. The competition varies way too much to make meaningful comparisons. That said, Parker’s 28.7 PER is a quick and easy reference to his impressive efficiency as a freshman. He ranked in the top 10 in the nation among players from major conferences.

Jabari Parker

"He's not only super-talented, but he's underrated as an athlete. He is the most polished young player in the world right now given his footwork and skill set with size. He reminds me of Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony — a big wing who does everything."

Why the Bucks should draft Parker

High score — When people compare you (like Chris Collins above and seemingly everyone else everywhere) to an All-Star scoring champion who has been the best player on a playoff team almost every year in the pros, that is a very good sign. Yes, if you can get someone like Carmelo Anthony, you do it. Even if the comparisons are optimistic (and they are), few players since Anthony have looked like more sure bets to score 20+ per game by Year Two. By all accounts, Parker is a level-headed guy with a rare ability to create his own shot and adapt his game to any defense.


Jabari Parker Bio

Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/01/2013
High School
  • Four-year letterwinner for coach Robert Smith at Simeon Career Academy ... was the first freshman in school history to play on the varsity team
  • Led Simeon to four IHSA Class 4A state championships ... became the second player in the history of IHSA basketball to start for four consecutive state championship teams
  • Two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and Illinois Mr. Basketball ... also a two-time first team All-America from ESPN HS and USA Today
  • Named MaxPreps National Player of the Year as a senior ... also received the Morgan Wooten Award (NPOY) in 2013
  • Named 2013 Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP after collecting 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists the West team’s 102–98 victory.
  • Scored 10 points and added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in helping the West team to a 110-99 win at the McDonald’s All-America game
  • Averaged 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.9 steals in leading Simeon to a 30-3 record as a senior
  • Missed time during the early portion of his senior season after suffering a fractured left foot at the 2012 FIBA Under-17 Championship
  • Was at his best in postseason play, averaging 21.7 points and 10.4 rebounds over the course of the seven-game state playoffs
  • Led Simeon to an 81-68 victory over No. 10 Oak Hill Academy at the Hoophall Classic with 28 points, five rebounds and two blocks
  • Scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds 93-32 Chicago Public High School League playoff rout of Urban Prep West
  • Contributed 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 70-34 victory over Mount Carmel High School in the opening round of the state playoffs
  • Registered 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wolverines to a 69-51 win over the state’s top-ranked team Whitney-Young
  • Celebrated his 18th birthday with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 68-56 win over Proviso East to earn a berth in the IHSA Class 4A state finals
  • Scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Simeon to a 58-40 win over Stevenson in the state title game
  • Named National Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior ... also tabbed by ESPN HS and MaxPreps as National Player of the Year for his class in 2012
  • Awarded Illinois Mr. Basketball as a junior ... was the first non-senior honoree in the 32-year history of the award
  • Became just the third junior to receive Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year honors
  • Named all-Public League first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times ... also a Class 4A all-state first team pick by the newspaper
  • Unanimous first team AP all-state honoree as a junior 
  • First team all-state pick by The Chicago Tribune
  • Averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line in 2011-12
  • Guided Simeon to a 33-1 record, including a 23-game win streak to open the season
  • 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
  • Scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds and five blocks in a 62-55 come-from-behind victory over rival Whitney Young
  • Named MVP of Cancer Research Classic following a 20-point, 6-rebound effort in a 59-56 win over nationally ranked Miller Grove (Ga.)
  • Posted 33 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead his team to a 73-62 victory over John Marshall Metropolitan High School in a Chicago Public High School League quarterfinals contest ... five Simeon players, including two starters, were suspended for the contest
  • Had 19 points and six blocks to lead Simeon to the city championship game ... the Wolverines won the Public League championship by defeating Curie Metropolitan High School 53-49
  • Scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds in a 59-51 victory over De La Salle Institute in the 2012 McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown
  • Posted a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in the IHSA Class 4A regional championship game against Chicago Vocational High School
  • Had 18 points and six rebounds in a 52-42 sectional semifinal win over Whitney Young
  • Recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocks in a supersectional win over Evanston High School
  • Added 15 points in the state championship game 50–48 victory over Proviso East High School
  • Named 2011 National Sophomore of the Year by ESPN HS ... also first team Sophomore All-America Team pick by MaxPreps
  • Received first team all-state honors from the Chicago Sun-Times and second team accolades from the Chicago Tribune ... member of the 12-man Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A boys’ all-state first team
  • Averaged 15.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while the Wolverines won the IHSA Class 4A state championship with a 30-2 record
  • Scored a game-high 12 points and added 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 48-39 win over Warren High School in the state championship game
  • Contributed 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while helping Simeon to a 25-9 record and the IHSA Class 4A state championship as a freshman
  • Earned the ESPN HS 2010 Freshman of the Year and was a MaxPreps second team 2009-10 Boys Basketball Freshman All-American Team selection
  • Ranked as the No. 2 player in his class by ESPN ... tabbed as No. 3 player by and No. 4 overall by
  • Rated No. 3 overall by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index

USA Basketball

  • Earned gold medals at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
  • 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year ... also named the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP
  • Scored a team-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds in a loss to the World Select team at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit
  • Averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to help Team USA to an 8-0 record and a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record and captured the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal
  • Started all five games and averaged a USA second-best 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game
  • Scored a USA U16 record 27 points versus Brazil in the preliminary round
  • Earned MVP honors at the 2011 Nike Global Challenge ... led USA Midwest to a 99-94 win over Team Canada in the title game
  • Named to the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team on March 24, 2011
  • Participated in the 2010 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held Oct. 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.


  • Born Jabari Ali Parker on March 15, 1995, in Chicago, Ill.
  • Son of Lola and Sonny Parker ... has two older brothers, Darryl and Christian, and two older sisters, Iman and Tilah
  • Mother, Lola, is a native of Tonga and immigrated to the United States when she was three
  • Father, Sonny, was selected in the first round (No. 17) in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors ... played six seasons in the NBA averaging 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game
  • Sonny played two years at Texas A&M, leading the Aggies to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles and earning first-team All-Southwest Conference honors both years ... he averaged 20.7 points per game as a senior and earned SWAC Player of the Year accolades
  • Darryl played basketball at Oregon ... Christian played basketball at BYU-Hawaii
  • Has two uncles, Harvey Unga and Tony Moeaki, that played in the NFL
  • Honor roll student with a 3.71 weighted GPA
  • Appointed by his principal to the Local School Council, where he served as the President of Student Representatives
  • Has volunteered in his community with People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH), the Salvation Army, New Beginnings Church and is a senior citizen youth ambassador in association with the LDS Hyde Park Ward



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