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Devotional featuring Jabari Parker and his family has been canceled

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 1:26 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Chicago, Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker, walks down the school's hallway after he is named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  (M. Spencer Green, ASSOCIATED PRESS) In this photo taken Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Chicago, Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker, walks down the school's hallway after he is named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. (M. Spencer Green, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

An LDS devotional featuring high school basketball phenom Jabari Parker and his family this weekend has been canceled.

Christian Parker, Jabari's older brother, said the family decided to call off the event to avoid possible NCAA rules violations during his official recruiting visit to BYU. He added that the family was very disappointed because they had looked forward to reuniting with friends and family in the Polynesian and African-American communities of the Salt Lake Valley.

"Certain potential violations were brought to our attention and there was no way around it," Christian Parker said Wednesday. "As a family we wanted to avoid any complications that might jeopardize Jabari's college eligibility."

Jabari Parker is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The devotional was originally scheduled to take place at the Salt Lake University LDS Institute of Religion, adjacent to the University of Utah, on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 25.

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Jabari Parker is a senior at Simeon High School in Chicago. He is among the top recruits in the nation and is considering scholarship offers from Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU.

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