Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Jabari Parker Cuts Wildcats from His List

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

Jul 10, 2012; Hollywood, CA, USA; Basketball player Jabari Parker of Simeon Career Academy (Illinois) at the 2012 Gatorade national athlete of the year awards ceremony at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE


Top-ranked 2013 high school prospect Jabari Parker has cut Kentucky from his list of schools, according to Scott Powers of His five remaining choices are BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.

The 6'8" small forward is considered the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2013. Despite reports a couple weeks ago that Parker was off UK head coach John Calipari's radar (per Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader), it's highly unlikely that Calipari had completely given up on next year's best high school recruit.

With the euphoria over Thursday's announcement that the Harrison twins had committed to Kentucky (per Paul Ables), many in the Big Blue Nation had hoped that this would lead Parker to want to join the flow of talent to Lexington. Unfortunately, that will not be the case.

Wildcat fans, however, shouldn't be disheartened by this news. Calipari still as the No. 1-ranked  recruiting class for 2013, including Andrew Harrison, the No. 1 prospect at point guard, the position he develops the best.

Wherever Parker ends up should be of no concern to UK fans at all...unless, of course, that school ends up being Duke.

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