Blue roundup: BYU recruit Jabari Parker continues to generate huge waves

Published: Thursday, April 19 2012 12:38 p.m. MDT

Jabari Parker

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High school basketball phenom Jabari Parker continues to make headlines — not only for his play, but for the way he lives his life.

Parker, who is being recruited by BYU as well as every major college program in the country, is LDS and attends early-morning seminary in his hometown of Chicago.

The Associated Press features Parker in an article titled "Great Expectations: Basketball Prodigy Jabari Parker Relies on Faith, Family As He Rides Wave of Adulation."

"One day he's presenting a project in his Spanish class, turns around and sees Alonzo Mourning. Parker takes a seat and grins. The former Miami Heat star is making a surprise visit to give him the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year award," writes Andrew Seligman.

"And there are nights like this. Parker and his teammates from Simeon Career Academy are holed up in a classroom after beating Whitney Young in the Illinois state playoffs. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo were in the stands.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife were there, too, sitting next to Parker's mom, Lola. As Simeon holds its postgame meeting, a crowd gathers in the hallway, waiting to get a glimpse of the team and its 17-year-old star. Parker slips out a back entrance, trying to make a quiet exit. Nice try, but no luck. It's hard to hide when you're 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds."

Meanwhile, BYU commit Nick Emery has been named fourth-team All-American by MaxPreps.com.

Turning to football, TotalBlueSports.com offers a feature of incoming BYU freshman running back Jamaal Williams.

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