Jabari Parker says he plans to go to college in 2013 — not an LDS mission

Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 8:30 p.m. MST

High school standout Jabari Parker, left, laughs during the second half of the NCAA basketball game between BYU and Cal State Northridge, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Ben Brewer, Deseret News

CHICAGO — Top high school basketball recruit Jabari Parker says he will attend college and not go on a Mormon mission after he graduates.

Parker, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, previously mentioned the possibility of doing mission work after graduation from Chicago's Simeon Career Academy. During an appearance Friday on ESPN Radio, Parker said he will be going to college next year.

Although he hasn't announced a choice, Parker has visited Duke, Michigan State, Florida and BYU. He says he also will visit Stanford.

A 6-foot-8 forward, Parker is one of the most prized recruits to come along in recent years. He led Simeon to its third straight state championship while averaging 19.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as a junior.

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