Jabari Parker visits BYU campus


CBSSports.com recently posted a list of top 100 college basketball recruits for the class of 2013, a list that featured two players who have committed to BYU as well as Jabari Parker, a LDS youth who earned the No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Parker also made an unofficial visit to the BYU campus, visiting with members of the coaching staff.

According to ncaa.org, a student athlete may make as many unofficial visits as they would like, but they have to pay their own way.

Jabari Parker, a Chicagoan LDS member considered the nation's top high school basketball player, met with Coach Dave Rose last week.

Andy Katz, a reporter for espn.com, writes that Parker has the nation’s top college basketball programs after him including: Duke, Florida, DePaul, North Carolina, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Stanford.

Even with these tops schools after him, Katz feels like BYU still has a good shot to receive a commitment from Parker.

“BYU is still a serious contender for the No. 1 basketball player in the country,” wrote Katz.

In May of this year, Sports Illustrated featured Parker on the cover of their magazine. The only other high school basketball player to be featured on the national magazine is current NBA player LeBron James.

The other two recruits from that list are Nick Emery and Eric Mika. They have already officially committed to BYU.

Nick Emery, brother of former BYU basketball player Jackson Emery, made an official visit with Mika last week. Emery was listed as No. 68 and Eric Mika as No. 98 on the top 100 recruits list.

Both of them enjoyed their experience of visiting BYU.

“Couldn’t have been a better week,” Emery tweeted via his Twitter account.

Mika expressed similar thoughts through his Twitter account.

“Great official weekend with the Coaches, Players, and my boy @Nick_Emery4! So excited to be a Coug next year! #BYU

Emery and Mika are ready to go, but BYU basketball fans will have to wait and see to find out what Parker decides.

Emery, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, has a career scoring average of 20.5 points per game and 80.8 percent free throw shooting. He also is the current three point record holder with 184 and is second all time in scoring at Lone Peak.

Mika is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound center. He did not play last season because he transferred from Waterford to Lone Peak.

Parker is listed as a 6-foot-8, 220-pound small forward. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals last season. He led Simeon High School to their third consecutive state title.

BYU has three other players who have committed from the 2013 class.  These players are: Jakob Hartsock, Braiden Shaw and Luke Worthington.

Even without word from Parker yet, espn.com has rated BYU’s 2013  recruiting class No. 6 overall in the  nation.

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