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.