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Jabari Parker comments on what influences his college choice

Jabari Parker

FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, Simeon Career Academy’s forward Jabari Parker (22) fights for position in an Illinois state basketball super-sectional game against Evanston High Schoo in Chicago. On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Parker tweeted the 10 schools in no particular order he is considering with a year to go before he graduates from high school. They are: national champion Kentucky, Stanford, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, DePaul and North Carolina. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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Jabari Parker went on CSN Chicago today and discussed his recruitment a little bit.

We already knew that he was down to just five schools -- Michigan State, BYU, Stanford, Duke and Florida -- but Parker did give a little bit of insight into what is driving his decision making process.

“Relationship with the coach, relationship with the team and the style of play,” Parker said. “Also, how will [the team] be the following year as far as [whether] the coach is going to stay or not.”

Parker doesn’t list his religion as a determining factor, which could rule out BYU for anyone that takes a quote given on a TV show as literal, cold-hearted truth (which I don’t). The article does, however, intimate that Parker’s choice of college will hinge on where he will get the best education.

Ha!

And I choose between bacon and sausage based on what’s healthiest.

Perhaps more important is the fact that Parker will play this season. He broke a bone in his foot over the summer, and while he won’t be ready for Simeon’s opener, he’ll be back soon enough.

“He’s gone from two crutches to one crutch and today, for some reason, he wasn’t even wearing the boot,” said Sonny Parker, a former NBA player. “He’s not ready to play yet, but he will play this season. It’s better to wait and not come back too early.”