Jabari Parker Speaker Profile
Second Overall Pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
Jabari Parker Biography
Jabari Parker was born March 15, 1995 and is an American college basketball player for Duke University. Parker was a standout high school athlete, helping his team win four straight state championships for Simeon Career Academy, and was named the National High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and McDonald's. In his freshman year at Duke in 2013-2014, he was named a Consensus First-Team All-American and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. Parker is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a native of Chicago, Illinois, and the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker.
Parker has been frequently compared to Derrick Rose - according to Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael O'Brien, as of November 2011, Rose had a 3–0 advantage in defining moments: "the back-to-back dunks against Washington in the city championship at the United Center, the game-winning shot in overtime to give Simeon the state championship against Peoria Richwoods and the dismantling of Oak Hill, the top-ranked team in the country." Rose's game against the Oak Hill team with Brandon Jennings, Nolan Smith and Alex Legion on ESPN is described as Rose' national introduction. Although there are comparisons to Rose, his game is most often compared to Grant Hill and Paul Pierce. Dime Magazine describes him as "Grant Hill with a jump shot". Parker claims to model his game after Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony. He hopes to be regarded as the best high school basketball player in the history of the city of Chicago and has stated that "being compared to Derrick also drives me. I know if I get better than him or break the records he broke I could be one of the best players to come out of Chicago. I look forward to being one of those players."
Jabari grew up (and remains) an active member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While attending Simeon Career Academy, Parker attended LDS Seminary two mornings a week, according to ESPN, and three days a week, according to The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Chicago Sun-Times. At the time of his sixteenth birthday, he became a LDS priest (as is customary in his faith). He has both performed baptisms and administered the weekly sacrament. In addition, he regularly traveled with his bishop during his monthly visitations to comfort the sick, the poor and the elderly.
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