Lorenzo Romar and his coaching staff only signed two transfers this past recruiting season, leading many to believe Washington's coaching staff is saving its time, energy and scholarships for players coming out of the class of 2013. Over the course of this month I will be putting together profiles of some of the top targets that have received scholarship offers from Washington.
Jabari Parker, without question, is the No. 1 player in the class of 2013. The small forward is ranked as the No. 1 small forward and player by every major recruiting service. Unlike past consensus No. 1 recruits, the Chicago-native actually has Washington on his radar. This is an exciting notion for many Husky fans, and landing Parker will certainly makeup for a lackluster performance in this past year of recruiting. As made evident by this recent Time.com video feature on Parker, the nation's No. 1 basketball recruit is soft-spoken, humble and insanely talented.
jabari parker: the next melo (via elitehoopsaau)
Height / Weight: 6'8" / 220lbs
School: Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL)
AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire
Position: Small Forward
Recruiting profiles: ESPN, Rivals, Scout
- No. 1 SF in class of 2013 (ESPN), Grade: 98/100
- No. 1 overall player in class of 2013 (Rivals), 5/5 stars
- No. 1 SF in class of 2013 (Scout), 5/5 stars
Offensively he's skilled and can score in a variety of ways. He likes to attack off the dribble, can score through contact and has developed a low post game. (Via: Scout.com)
He's added a strong mid range and more consistent jumper from beyond the arc. Simply affects the game in so many positive ways: scoring, passing, rebounding and handling the ball in addition to be very unselfish. Very seldom takes a bad shot. (Via: ESPN)
Ultra-skilled forward with an innate, natural ability to play basketball ... Remarkably advanced basketball IQ for a player his age ... Already possesses many of the intangible qualities that NBA teams covet ... Strong competitor that plays hard on both ends of the floor. (Via: nbadraft.net)
Incredibly polished and mature, Parker has an outstanding skill-level for a player his age. His shooting mechanics are excellent, complete with terrific footwork and deep range. He can make shots with his feet set, but is also extremely dangerous pulling up off the dribble, being capable of getting clean looks off fairly easily thanks to his size, smarts, and ability to create separation smoothly from his defender. (Via: DraftExpress)
Fitting in at Washington: Parker would immediately become the No. 1 option on offense for the Huskies. He will be an All-American candidate regardless of the school and coach he is playing for at the next level. Head Coach Lorenzo Romar's fast-pace style of offense will be a fun system for Parker to play in and will give the 6'8 small forward freedom to experiment. After watching numerous highlight videos it appears as Parker has a way more advanced offensive game than the senior year version of Quincy Pondexter.
Recruit scoop: Washington presumably has an inside track to Parker. Parker's father, Sonny, played in the NBA with Lorenzo Romar during their time with the Golden State Warriors. Additionally, Parker's brother, Chris, is involved with Washington's basketball program. BYU is also a school to keep an eye on because of its status as a Mormon faith-based institution — it has been well publicized that Parker is a devout member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. However, an insider at BYU believes the Cougars have a slim chance at landing Parker. He he has been on unofficial visits to Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan St.. Romar's connections have kept the Huskies in the race for Parker, while hometown schools Illinois and Northwestern along with powerhouses Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State and Ohio State all figuring to be in the picture. Parker is expected to make his decision this fall.
Offers: BYU, UConn, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Utah, Washington
Other useful links: Sports Illustrated feature, official website