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Jabari Parker's Final 5 Does Not Include Kansas Jayhawks

Jan 16, 2012; Springfield, MA, USA; Chicago Simeon Wolverines forward Jabari Parker (22) holds the ball while being guarded by Findlay Pilots forward Winston Shepard (right) during the first half at Blake Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
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Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2012

Chicago prep phenom Jabari Parker has narrowed his list of potential schools to five, but Bill Self and Kansas did not make the cut.

The Jayhawks were eliminated from a previous list of ten that was released in July, along with the hometown school DePaul, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgetown.

Parker's final five includes BYU, Florida, Duke, Stanford and Michigan State.

Self met with Parker for an in-home visit last month and appeared to be in the mix for the 6'8" small forward from Simeon Career Academy, but these five finalist schools were reported to have the inside track for months.

Many believe BYU is being considered because of Parker's Mormon faith. The Cougars certainly stand out as an oddball as they look to rumble with living legends in Coach K and Tom Izzo along with two-time national title winning coach, Billy Donovan. But Simeon head coach Robert Smith insists BYU was not included out of generosity or as a nice publicity pitch for the private university owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Parker has a reasonably comparable game to Jayhawks' redshirt freshman Ben McLemore, but has a more well-rounded inside repertoire to compliment a lights-out, spot-up shooting game. 

With a plethora of mid-sized swing men and small forwards, it can be argued Kansas will survive without Parker's services. But with McLemore's possible short-term college stay and NBA future, and the unproven talent of Andrew White and 2013 recruit Brannen Greene, a once-in-a-decade type of performer like Parker would have helped a young Kansas group in 2013-14.

The current 2013 recruits for Kansas are Greene, Wichita native Conner Frankamp, and the recently committed Frank Mason.

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