It’s no secret that the DePaul Blue Demons have had very little success on the basketball court since moving to the Big East Conference several years ago.
So why would a player of Jabari Parker’s talents decide to play for such a mediocre program? A big reason: location.
Parker may surprise everyone and opt to play college basketball without ever having to leave his hometown of Chicago. And who would blame Parker if he chose to go that route?
It could potentially be a very ideal situation for this incredibly talented young man. Parker could play in front of plenty of friends, family and adoring local fans at the Allstate Arena.
He could lead the resurrection of the once-proud DePaul program and have a home-cooked meal every night. It’s a path fellow Chicago baller and former NBA All-Star Mark Aguirre took when he played for DePaul back in the late 1970s.
While playing for the hometown fans at DePaul, Aguirre was a two-time All American and led the Blue Demons to the Final Four in 1979.
On the contrary, who would blame Parker if he chose to spurn DePaul? Since joining the Big East in 2005, it’s been rough sledding for the Blue Demons. DePaul has gone 5-49 in conference play in the past three seasons.
If Parker wants to win and win big while in college, then DePaul may not be his best option. But if Parker chooses Oliver Purnell’s team, he could lead a basketball renaissance in the Windy City.
And if Purnell does snag Parker, it will be the biggest victory DePaul basketball has had in quite some time.