Sonny Parker Rumors
Sonny Parker, the former NBA player and father of Duke freshman star Jabari Parker, says his son is “undecided” about entering the NBA Draft. “He’s undecided and we know the [NBA’s Early Entry eligibility] deadline is the 27th [of April] so if he’s going to make a decision he has to make it by that date but right now he’s undecided,” Sonny told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday morning.
Asked if it was possible that Jabari might return for his sophomore season, Sonny said, “We don’t know. He has some time to think about it. This is his future.” He added: “It’s just going to be his decision. I don’t put no pressure on him. He’s gotta make a decision on when he’s coming out. He’s 19 years old now, he ain’t in high school right now.”
Sonny Parker isn’t sure whether his son Jabari Parker, ESPN’s No. 2 Class of 2013 basketball prospect, would jump straight to the NBA out of high school, but he would like him to have that option. Parker, a former NBA player with the Golden State Warriors, is closely watching what happens between the league’s players and owners as they work out a new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Parker would like for the NBA to eliminate its current rule where a player must be 19 years old and one year removed from high school to play in the NBA. “I’m not about stopping people from making a living,” Parker said on Sunday.
If the NBA returned to its previous rule that allowed players to enter the league immediately after high school, Parker said they would consider that route for Jabari, who is a 6-9 swingman and attends Simeon in Chicago. “That’ll be an option,” Parker said. “With me and my wife, we’ll talk to him. We’re going to do a lot of homework and research and make sure we’re getting the right information. “Right now, he has two years of high school left, and he’s looking forward to going to college. We’ve never talked to him about going to the NBA. That’s one thing we haven’t discussed with him. One thing we’ve always discussed with him about was school. That’s the priority now.”