Report: Top recruit considering UConn
by By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Things are starting to get interesting at Connecticut in the first week of the Kevin Ollie era.
The Huskies, who are banned from this season’s NCAA tournament, are in dire need of talent after a major offseason exodus of players.
Here’s some encouraging news for UConn fans: Jabari Parker, the nation’s No. 1 player in the class of 2013 has added UConn to the list of school he’s considering, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Parker’s father told the site that Ollie, who recently replaced Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, will visit Parker’s home in Chicago next week.
“It was Jabari’s decision,” Parker’s father, Sonny, told ESPNChicago.com. “He’s picking all the schools for the home visits. He’s talked to Coach Calhoun previously before. That’s one of the schools that showed some interest to him. He’s had conversations with them previously. Of course, coach Kevin Ollie came in, and (Jabari) wanted them for a home visit.”
Here’s Parker’s list of 10 schools he released in July: BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford. Parker’s father told ESPNChicago.com he expects his son to narrow his list to five schools in the near future and subsequently set up official visits.
Last season, Parker was named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball after averaging 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.