Illinois not on Jabari Parker's list

Illinois not on Jabari Parker's list

We asked beat writer Paul Klee for his take on the N-G Player of the Year's announcement:

Chicago superstar Jabari Parker on Wednesday let the Illinois basketball program know where it stands in the college spectrum - all in 140 characters or less. From his Twitter account (@JabariParker22), the Simeon forward proclaimed his early list of finalists: "UK, Stanford, michigan state, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, Depaul, UNC. No order." The Jabari Watch - at least in Illini circles - came to a telling and unsurprising end. If there's a positive, John Groce and his staff won't need to waste time chasing a player they can't get. Groce never had a chance with Parker. It is safe to assume the new Illinois staff knew as much and wasn’t going to spend its resources on a prospect it couldn’t get. But the fact Illinois couldn't crack Parker's 10-team list underscores this point: The perception of Illini basketball, at least in Chicago, is as poor as it has been in decades.

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Dan Bloeme wrote on July 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Should have kept Bruce Weber and Parker would be coming to Illinois for sure.

JohnUI82 wrote on July 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I see that K-State didn't make the list either.

blmillini wrote on July 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

"The perception of Illini basketball, at least in Chicago, is as poor as it has been in decades."

 Seems a little reactionary given that Stanford, Georgetown, BYU and Depaul are on the list.

GlenM wrote on July 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

No.  The UI reputation in Chicago was definitely worse in 1996 when Jimmy Collins getting supposedly disrespected gave everyone a ready-made excuse to avoid the Illini.

risingillini wrote on July 13, 2012 at 5:07 am

Agreed. The web site rscihoops has consensus top 100 records from 1998 to the present. For 1998 through  2009, 12 seasons, they show 25 top 100 players from the city of Chicago. Exactly one, Aaron Spears, attended UI.  There were 9 from Chibago listed the last three seasons, 2010 through 2012. Five of them attended UI. Four are still on the roster, as members of the rising sophomore class.

As far as I know,  only one of other of  3 or 4 nationally ranked Class of 2013 players from the city of Chicago has ruled out UI, and he is committed to DePaul. We are out of the running for forward Marist guard Lexus Williams. He and Tinley Park forward Jabril Adekoya are commited to Valporaiso; they were recruited by Roger Powell. 

Jam wrote on July 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

This is the school menu of a high schooler.  People should not be depressed or angry over this.

Moonpie wrote on July 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

Of course--blame it on evil Chicago, Mr. Klee Klub. Obi Wan Tate has taught you well, young Jedi. Thanks to Parker for making it clear Illinois isn't big time and thus by extension and association the Sleepy Gazoo sports scribes aren't big time, either. Whatever Chicago's perception is can be blamed on factors coming out of C-U and not that wicked city that Obi Wan Tate fears because it is outside and beyond his narrow views.

Dan Bloeme wrote on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

I was being facetious. Weber wouldn't even have gotten a sniff of Jabari's jockstrap.  That said, Groce hasn't impressed me yet with his recruiting either. Bring back Lou and Jimmy.

aaeismacgychel wrote on July 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

Damn... We were soooooooooooo close...  This is good news though- Just imagine all of that future frustration we would have had if Jabari came to U of I and we realized we couldn't get him the ball because we still don't have a guard capable of making an entry pass. 

helping wrote on July 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

I never expect Illinois to be a realistic player for Parker, but I hope this isn't a reflection of what Kendrick Nunn is thinking too.  Kendrick is a key guy for this new staff IMHO, and would be a better reflection of how Groce's staff is being received by Chicago bluechippers who aren't in the one-and-done category like Parker.


Dudesickle wrote on July 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Another case of a kid knowing he is very godd, but not good enough to carry a progam on his back. Too many of these kids are followers, not leaders and don't have the character needed to turn a program around, so they do the "Lebron" thing and choose to take the easy way out.

Jam wrote on July 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I just looked outside again and the sun is shining.  Surely this news is not going to ruin everybody's day.

crackerman wrote on July 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I don't wanna read over the next couple years why we did'nt get Parker, or how the program has sunk to new lows. I believe Groce will turn it around, and we'll see some of the most exciting times in Illini bball history! Go Illini...............

bernies wrote on July 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I thought this blog post was pretty much on target:

"Wisch: Why Jabari Parker Just Did Illinois A Favor"

dave1956 wrote on July 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

He wouldnt have come even if Weber was still the head coach. Weber hates freshmen. He never plays them. He lets them rot on the bench. Parker would have just sat on the bench too.

DoubleR13 wrote on July 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

Getting Parker to Illinois would've been the biggest coup in Illini history.  Groce needs to build the program from the ground up.  Focusing on the 14s and 15s where he and his staff can really get in and recruit these guys, and their families, is where fans should be paying attention.

Groce can't afford to miss out on some of the top players they've targeted and have been getting on campus for visits.  There's been a lot of good press about this staff but it's the results that'll count over the next year.



toddalan1975 wrote on July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

I agree with the blog posted earlier.  I think he did Illinois  a favor by doing this for several reasons.  1st of course is now the coaches can concentrate on other recruits,  next is the fact that he is one and done and I doubt Jabari alone can win us a title.   I want a whole bunch of good players instead of one great one!   We need a team effort to win and we need players that will stay more than 1 year.   Heck Deron Williams was here 3 years,  Brian Cook stayed all 4 as well as did Dee Brown.   These are some of the best players to ever grace our courts.    

Next, Now that Jabari doesn't want anything to do with our school, can we please quit talking about him??    I don't care one way or another what that kid does now...lets talk about kids that are interested in the U of I !!!!!

geriatricillini wrote on July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

I couldn't agree more with todd-alan

UIUCHoopFan wrote on July 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

Interesting how the NG failed to print the quote from the Parker household, mentioning the relationship with Bruce and Jerrance, attending UI basketball games on campus since junior high, etc.  Channel 3 had it in their news story.

dhood50 wrote on July 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I don't think Parker had any idea about coming to Illinois. However, I do not think the program needs to be rebuilt. Weber left it in good shape and all we need is a guard or two. The new coach had better win IMMEDIATELY or bring Weber back.