HoopsHype Jabari Parker rumors

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According to NBA scouts and executives, Parker, the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, is also the safest pick in the draft. “In terms of a basketball player and a human being, I think it’s all first class,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “I think he gets on the court next year and averages between 14-17 points per game, 2-4 assists, 6-8 rebounds. I see this Carmelo Anthony/Grant Hill hybrid. Boston Globe

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Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins will work out for the Cavaliers next Wednesday and Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker will do the same on Friday, an NBA source told The Plain Dealer on Friday. Those two, along with Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid, who visited this week, are considered the top three players in the June 26 NBA Draft. There have been conflicting reports about how Embiid's much-discussed back checked out. Some reports indicate there were problems, others that it checked out fine. Neither could be confirmed. The Cavs have not commented. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Jabari Parker doesn’t have any qualms about playing in Milwaukee for the Bucks. So says two people who are quite close to him: his father Sonny and former Duke University teammate Rodney Hood. Jabari Parker is a consensus top-three prospect for the June 26 NBA draft and there is a strong possibility he could be chosen by the Bucks, who have the second overall selection. “Jabari just wants to play ball; He won’t have any issues about playing in Milwaukee, not at all,’’ said Hood, a projected lottery pick himself. “And, if he went to Milwaukee, it would only be a short distance away from his home, which would be good. He’d be fine with that.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Sonny Parker said he and Jabari are familiar with Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Sonny said his son played in several Amateur Athletic Union tournaments in Milwaukee and had attended some camps there as well. “It would be nice if he went there (to Milwaukee),’’ Sonny said. “It’s a straight drive (on highway 94) to Milwaukee; I wouldn’t have to get on a plane. “Milwaukee is a nice town. It’s not as big as Chicago, of course, but it’s similar to Chicago in that it’s on the lakefront. It’s a nice community.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Jabari is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has performed baptisms and administered the weekly sacrament. But Sonny Parker said his son may do missionary work, but it wouldn’t be now. “That will be his decision,’’ Sonny Parker said. “Whatever he decides, we’ll support him. He doesn’t talk much about his religion and faith; he keeps that personal and private. “But it shouldn’t be a problem with his basketball career.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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