CHICAGO (WXYZ) - Jabari Parker out of Chicago's Simeon Career Academy finally unveiled his college plans, which doesn't include playing for Tom Izzo's basketball program at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward and the No. 2 player in ESPN 100, made the announcement during a press conference on the south side of Chicago that was televised nationally on ESPNU.
"I just chose Duke because it was the perfect fit for me," said Parker. "Look at coach [Mike] Krzyzewski and his resume. He was just interested, he’s really put a key hand in my development, even throughout high school. Telling me basic things that I have to do."
Parker says the history of Duke's basketball program was also instrumental in helping him make the decision to attend the school in Durham, N.C., where he's also focused on earning a degree.
Parker, who averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game, cannot sign a national letter of intent until the spring.
There are reports that Izzo will now turn his attention to Gavin Schilling, who's a 6-foot-9 power forward at Findlay Prep.
Before selecting Duke instead of Michigan State, Parker also had Brigham Young, Florida and Stanford on his list.
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