Injury Update on Jabari Parker
Bucks forward Jabari Parker suffered a left knee injury during the third quarter of last night’s game in Phoenix. He returned to Milwaukee this afternoon to undergo an MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
In 25 games this season, Parker averaged 12.3 points (2nd among rookies) and 5.5 rebounds (3rd) in 29.5 minutes per game (3rd) while helping the Bucks to a 13-12 record. He scored in double figures 17 times, including a career-best 23 points at Brooklyn on Nov. 19 that stands as the highest-scoring game by a Bucks teenager in franchise history. The Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October/November, Parker began his career by posting double-doubles in two of his first three games (11 points and 10 rebounds on Oct. 31 vs. Philadelphia, and 13 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 1 at Washington). In doing so, he became just the 14th player in the last 30 seasons to record multiple double-doubles within his first three career games, and the only teenager to accomplish the feat.
Jabari Parker Bio
NBA Experience: 1st season
2nd overall - Milwaukee
- Consensus First Team All-America selection at Duke
- ACC Freshman of the Year
- ACC Rookie of the Week a record 10 times
- First Duke freshman to lead the team in both scoring (670 points) and rebounds (306)
- Finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award
- Honored as the top freshman in the country with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award by the USBWA
PRO CAREER ... 2014 NBA Summer League: Played in five games (five starts) and averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 28.4 minutes per game ... recorded Summer League highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds in the final game against Golden State on 7/18.
COLLEGE ... 2013-14: Consensus First Team All-America selection ... also earned honors as a First Team All-ACC member, ACC Rookie of the Year and USBWA National Freshman of the Year ... averages of 19.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game were both Top-50 in the nation, with the points per game marking the fourth-highest effort by an ACC freshman ever ... fourth freshman in ACC history to lead the league in rebounding ... with 670 points and 306 rebounds, was the 14th player in Duke history to record 600+ points and 300+ rebounds in the same season ... sixth ACC freshman to ever reach the 600-point plateau ... first Duke freshman to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding ... posted a career-high 30 points (10-of-17, .588) to go along with 11 boards in a win vs. UNC ... that 30-point effort was the most by a Duke freshman in the 238-games played in series history win vs. UNC on 3/8/14 ... grabbed season-high 16 rebounds on 2/8/14 vs. Boston College ... scored 10+ points in 18 straight games to end the season and 33 times overall, breaking the Duke freshman record for double-figure scoring games held by Gene Banks (1978) and Luol Deng (2004) ... 14 double-doubles were the most by a freshman in Duke history ... additional honors earned include: First Team All-America from The Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated; finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award; honored as the top freshman in the country through the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award by the USBWA ... named ACC Rookie of the Week a record 10 times ... on the All-ACC Academic Team.
HIGH SCHOOL ... Attended Simeon Career Academy (Chicago), where he led Simeon to four IHSA Class 4A state championships ... second player in the history of IHSA basketball to start for four consecutive state championship teams ... averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior ... named MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Morgan Wooten Award ... named 2013 Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP after collecting 16 points and seven boards in the game ... totaled 10 points and eight rebounds in the McDonald’s game ... scored a team-high 22 points in the Nike Hoop Summit ... two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and Illinois Mr. Basketball ... was the first Illinois Mr. Basketball non-senior honoree in the 32-year history of the award ... named National Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior ... tabbed by ESPN HS and MaxPreps as the top junior ... named National Sophomore and Freshman of the Year by ESPN HS in 2011 and 2010 ... played for USA Basketball, earning gold medals at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS ... Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on 6/26 ... signed his first NBA contract with Milwaukee on 7/9/14.
PERSONAL ... Son of Lola and Sonny Parker ... has two older brothers, Darryl and Christian, and two older sisters, Iman and Tilah ... mother is a native of Tonga and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 3 ... father was selected with the 17th pick in the 1976 NBA Draft by Golden State and played six seasons in the NBA, averaging 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game ... Darryl played basketball at Oregon ... Christian played basketball at BYU-Hawaii ... has two uncles, Harvey Unga and Tony Moeaki, who played in the NFL ... 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 ... on Twitter as @JabariParker.