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Parker will have MRI on his injured right heel

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Parker will have MRI on his injured right heel

According to multiple sources, Simeon Career Academy small forward Jabari Parker will undergo an MRI on his right heel this week.
Parker injured the heel last week while playing in Lithuania for Team USA at the FIBA U17 World Championship Tournament. The Americans went a perfect 8-0, defeating Australia 95-62 in the championship round.
The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2013 class played just five of the eight games, finishing as the team's third leading scorer at 12.6 points per game.
Depending on what the MRI reveals, Parker may miss the July evaluation period while he recovers from his injury. For most will-be seniors, the July period is a time for players to showcase their skills and earn scholarship offers, but that won't be an issue for Parker, who essentially will choose where he attends school in 2013.
Parker plays for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team, and was expected to play at the Peach Jam this week.
Last week Parker released on Twitter a list of 10 schools he was considering, in no order: BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford.
Illinois, which seemed to have the inside track on Parker while Bruce Weber was at the helm, was notably left off Parker's list.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.