Now that college basketball recruit Jabari Parker's list of possible schools is down to 10, the recruiting of this high school phenom is starting to get intense. Parker is expected to cut his list in half in the upcoming months and make a final decision by the end of his high school basketball season.
Parker is probably the most coveted prospect since LeBron James and could be the potential No. 1 pick in next year's NBA draft. Here is why he would be a perfect fit for the Michigan State Spartans.
Although the two may actually never play on the same Michigan State team together, 2014 MSU commit Drake Harris may have opened the door for Jabari Parker.
Harris may be the best overall athlete in the state of Michigan, as he is dominant in two sports: football and basketball. He also may have an effect on Parker's final decision.
There's no doubt that Harris wants Parker to commit to MSU for one reason: more commits for 2014. Harris sees Parker committing as a possible motivation tool for recruits such as center Jahlil Okafor from Chicago and guard Devin Booker from Mississippi.
If Parker commits to MSU, he not only will lead a talented Michigan State team to a Final Four run but he also will open the floodgates for future recruiting success.
Adding Jabari Parker to an already potent offense would create problems for every Big Ten team. Take a look at this dominant lineup for next year's squad if Parker chooses MSU:
G: Keith Appling (MSU's second-leading scorer last season)
G: Gary Harris (one of the nation's top recruits for 2012)
F: Branden Dawson (athletic wing player who can play above the rim)
F: Jabari Parker (No. 1 recruit, according to 2013's version of ESPN 100)
C: Adreian Payne (most athletic center in recent Spartans history)
This lineup by name alone is enough to scare any team in the Big Ten. This could be the most athletic lineup in Michigan State history and could lead Tom Izzo to his second national title.
Well, I haven't exactly asked Tom Izzo, but what college coach wouldn't love Jabari Parker?
He's highly regarded, highly talented and highly respected by everyone around the country. If Izzo is only losing one player to graduation following this season and he recruits you with his only scholarship, you know he loves you as a player.
Izzo is not known to recruit the one-and-done type of player, but Parker may just be too good to pass up. The feelings seem to be mutual, because the Spartans are on his short list heading into September when he is expected to narrow his list to five.
If any coach in the country can earn the top player's respect, it's Izzo. If Parker wants a successful future and if the Spartans want a successful future, Parker will need to put his trust in Izzo to lead him to where he needs to be.