College Basketball Recruiting: Jabari Parker Suffers Injury Playing for Team USA

Rollin Yeatts@@TSBRollinFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2012

Photo Courtesy of DraftExpress.com
Photo Courtesy of DraftExpress.com

Only days after Jabari Parker released his top-10 list of programs, the nation's top recruit for 2013 will undergo an MRI on his right heel. It appears Parker will be shut down for at least the month of July, but don't expect any offers to get swiped off the table.

The injury was sustained during the FIBA U-17 World Championship tournament, while playing for Team USA. This wasn't the first time Parker had to cope with injuries over the summer, either.

He was also stepped on during a Team USA practice in June, causing a hairline fracture of his big toe. Fortunately for Parker and Team USA, the fracture quickly healed over a 48-hour period.

Parker was able to participate in five of the eight games, averaging 12.6 points per game.

His father, Sonny Parker, told the Chicago Tribune, "Forty-eight hours ago he had a hairline fracture on his big toe and now it's healed. That's the power of prayer."

I don't know if those same prayers will be answered this time around, but the injury doesn't seem to be very serious.

"We got to get it check out and make sure he's comfortable," Sonny Parker said of the latest injury, according to Scott Powers of ESPN. "His feet are the most important thing. Plus, he needs rest. He might be able to play, but we don't want to damage anything and hurt something else. These injuries, they're not something you play with now. We don't want it to be a big setback."

The national Gatorade Player of the Year expects to play a full senior season at Simeon Career Academy with hopes to win a title—which would be his fourth in as many years. Forget the rankings.

"Right now, he's not caught up in the rankings," Sonny Parker went on to say. "He's so concerned about winning that state championship for a fourth year. That's more important than the ranking stuff. People are putting it out there because they want something to talk about."

I don't expect Jabari Parker's rankings to drop very dramatically, à la Troy Williams—at least they shouldn't. Parker is currently the No. 1-ranked prospect on the 2013 ESPN 100 and on Scout.com.

In my opinion, it should stay that way unless the injury turns out more serious than expected.


The MRI revealed a fracture in Jabari Parker's foot, but there is no timeline as of yet for the healing process. Parker's father still believes he will be ready before his senior season begins.


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