On Thursday afternoon Jabari Parker, one of the top basketball players in the country out of Simeon High in Chicago, announced on national television that he will attend Duke. Parker agonized over the decision for months and he still wasn't completely sure what he was going to do a day before the announcement. But after a furious final push from recruiters this week, Parker was at peace with his decision by last night. Before going to bed at 12:15 this morning he affirmed his choice with his brother Christian and his parents. But he didn't inform any of the coaches at his five schools.
In May Sports Illustrated profiled Parker, a devout Mormon, and put him on the cover. Parker has been under an intense microscope ever since, and over the last several months offered SI a behind-the-scenes look at his recruitment.