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Dad won't permit coaches to text Jabari Parker

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 7:59 p.m. MDT

In this photo taken in Chicago, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Simeon Career Academy's forward Jabari Parker muscles his way through a block out attempt by Evanston High School forward Matt Munro during an Illinois state basketball super-sectional game. (Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press) In this photo taken in Chicago, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Simeon Career Academy's forward Jabari Parker muscles his way through a block out attempt by Evanston High School forward Matt Munro during an Illinois state basketball super-sectional game. (Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)

Our take: The parents of the Chicago high school basketball sensation Jabari Parker want to keep him a kid as long as they can. Even though the NCAA loosened their rules on coaches texting and calling potential recruits, Mr. and Mrs. Parker have not. ESPNChicago reports that if coaches want to talk to Jabari they have to talk to his parents first.

Parker remains off limits. His parents, Sonny and Lola Parker, do not permit college coaches to contact Parker directly. They must call or text them.

Coaches have been reaching out to Parkerís parents in the last week. Sonny said they've heard from Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, among others.

"I talked to (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) the other day," Sonny said. "He wished me a Happy Fatherís Day. My voicemail is filled. Itís been filled for a year."

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