Jabari Parker

Position: Forward
Height: 6-8 / 203 cms
Weight: †225 lbs / 102 kgs
School: Simeon Career Academy Ď13
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-0 record en route to earning the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal in Kaunas, Lithuania; sat out three games due to a sore foot, started three of five games and averaged 12.6 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in fewer than 17 minutes a game.
  • Participated in the 2011 USA Developmental National Team training camp, held Oct. 15-16 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship; started all five games and averaged a USA second-best 15.4 ppg. and added 6.4 rpg., which ranked fifth and 12th, respectively, among the eight-team field.
  • Scored a USA U16 record 27 points versus Brazil in the preliminary round.
  • Named to the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team on March 24, 2011.
  • Participated in the 2010 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held Oct. 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School Honors

  • Gatorade National and Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year (2012), becoming just the fourth junior to earn national honors.
  • USA Today All-USA first team (2012).
  • Illinois Mr. Basketball (2012), the first underclassman to earn the honor in its 32-year history.
  • MaxPreps.com Sophomore All-America first team (2011).
  • ESPN Rise Junior (2012), Sophomore (2011) and Freshman of the Year (2010).
  • Chicago Sun-Times and ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year (2012).
  • Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times All-Illinois Class 4A first team (2011, 2012).
  • Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League first team (2011, 2012).
  • Chicago Sun-Times All-Area (2011, 2012).

High School Notes

  • Attends Simeon High School (Ill.), where as a junior in 2011-12, teamed up with Kendrick Nunn to help lead their team to a 33-1 mark, the Chicago Public league title, their third-straight Illinois Class 4A state championship and a No. 5 final national ranking by USA Today; averaged 19.5 ppg., 8.9 rpg. and 4.9 apg.
  • As a sophomore in 2010-11, aided his team to the Illinois Class 4A state title and a 30-2 record; started all 32 games and averaged 15.3 ppg. and 5.9 rpg.
  • As a freshman in 2009-10, aided Simeon to the Illinois Class 4A title and a 25-9 mark; started all 34 games and averaged 9.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 3.0 apg.

Personal Notes

  • Born on March 15, 1995, in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.
  • Son of Lola and Sonny Parker; has two older brothers, Darryl and Chris, and two older sisters, Iman and Tilah.
  • Mother is a native of Tonga and immigrated to the United States when she was three.
  • Brother, Darryl, played basketball at the University of Oregon; father was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors, and played six seasons in the NBA; and motherís three cousins, Harvey Unga, Haloti Ngata and Tony Moeaki, play in the NFL.
  • Is a member of his schoolís honor roll and has earned a 3.63 weighted GPA.
  • Nicknames are J.P. and Bari.
  • Has a German Shepherd named Coco.
  • First car will likely be a used BMW.
  • Appointed by his principal to the Local School Council, where he serves as the President of Student Representatives.
  • Has volunteered in his community with People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH), the Salvation Army, New Beginnings Church and is a senior citizen youth ambassador in association with the LDS Hyde Park Ward.

The Inside Scoop

  • Post-basketball career ambitions: become a basketball coach or teach high school or grammar school.
  • Favorite class: U.S. history.
  • Least favorite class: American literature.
  • Has taken one year of: Spanish.
  • Favorite superhero: Meteor Man.
  • Favorite Gatorade flavor/color: ice.
  • If he played football, he would be a: tight end.
  • Favorite takeout food: Subway.
  • If not for basketball, would want to be a standout in: baseball.
  • When he was five, wanted to be: an animal activist.
  • If he could live in any city in the world, it would be: besides Chicago, New York.
  • Favorite magazine: ESPN Rise.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Shawn ĎJay-Zí Carter.
  • Favorite Facebook page: Michael Donegan.
  • Piece of clothing he canít live without: a polo.
  • Most prized possession: the scriptures.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: baseball.
  • Plays: used to play the trumpet.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Oscar Robertson.
  • Favorite non-basketball Olympian: Jesse Owens.
  • Strangest place ever played hoops: in an attic.
  • Best player ever faced: Dwyane Wade.
  • Would like to go one-on-one against: Michael Jordan.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: hanging out with family and friends.
  • Most people donít know: heís down to earth and easy to talk to.
  • If he werenít playing basketball, he would be doing this after high school: still go to college to get his masterís in secondary education.
  • This right-hander wears No. 11 because it was his brotherís high school number.
  • First overseas trip: was with the 2011 USA U16 National Team.

USA Basketball Statistics

2012 U17
25- 45
5- 10
8- 10
24/ 4.8
63/ 12.6
2011 U16
29- 56
7- 17
12- 19
32/ 6.4
77/ 15.4
20- 29
56/ 5.6
140/ 14.0