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Michigan State basketball recruiting: Jabari Parker picks Duke

Jabari Parker picked Duke over Michigan State and Florida on Thursday, bringing his recruitment to an end.

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Jabari Parker commits to Duke

Prized high school prospect Jabari Parker announced that he will be playing for the Duke Blue Devils next fall.


Izzo makes final pitch to Parker

Tom Izzo spoke to Jabari Parker on Wednesday, giving the Chicago Simeon senior one last sales pitch before Parker decides where to attend school.


Jabari Parker undecided despite decision date

The coveted high school basketball recruit has not yet made up his mind.


Tom Izzo watched Jabari Parker closely on Thursday

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo watched top prospect Jabari Parker play on Thursday night in primetime, but Parker didn't exactly have a noteworthy performance.


Jabari Parker to announce college choice next week

The nation's No. 2 recruit plans on announcing where he'll go to school next Thursday. Michigan State may be the choice, too, according to the player's father.


MSU target Jabari Parker reportedly favoring Duke

Top 2013 high school basketball player Jabari Parker is reportedly enamored with the Duke Blue Devils after a recent visit.


MSU hoops target James Young picks Kentucky

One of the top college basketball prospects in America, Rochester High School's James Young has opted to play his college ball for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats according to a report by The Associated Press.

The 6'6" Young is listed as the No. 9 prospect nationally in the 2013 class by, and announced his decision live on ESPNU on Thursday. Young ultimately chose the defending champion Wildcats over suiting up for Tom Izzo and his hometown Michigan State Spartans, in addition to spurning offers from both Syracuse and Kansas in order to head to Lexington.

Though the Spartans were always among the favorites to land the talented scoring guard,'s Evan Daniels indicated on Thursday that Michigan State informed Young not to even bother with an official visit at all. Young's addition now gives the Wildcats three of the 10 highest-rated players set to hit the college ranks next fall, and forces Izzo and the Spartans to continue their lengthy search for a big-time recruit in the 2013 class.


James Young reportedly committing to Kentucky

Michigan State will lose out on one of its top prospects for the 2013 recruiting class, according to the Detroit News. Rochester senior guard/forward James Young has reportedly elected to commit to Kentucky over MSU. Young's final four teams were Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. He is expected to make the announcement at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Young, ranked No. 5 in ESPN's top 100, is one of the top-ranked prospects out there. Michigan State targeted him but still have nobody of note for their 2013 class. Young is the leading candidate for the 2013 Mr. Basketball award and averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season.

MSU will get another chance at a hot prospect next week, as reports have surfaced suggesting that Jabari Parker will make an official visit to the school next weekend. Like Young, Parker made Michigan State one of his final five schools that he's considering, along with Stanford, Duke, Brigham Young and Florida.


Jabari Parker to make official MSU visit

The Michigan St. Spartans are one of five teams in the running to land top basketball recruit Jabari Parker. They share the honor with Duke, Brigham Young, Florida and Stanford. According to Diamond Leung of, Parker is set to take a scheduled visit to MSU's campus next weekend (Oct. 20-21).

Parker graced the cover of Sports Illustrated recently, and at 6'8, he's highly sought-after. The Spartans recently lost out on Rochester High School guard James Young, who has committed elsewhere as of Thursday. The 2013 class isn't coming together at this point, and it's frustrating for coach Tom Izzo.

"With the recruiting process it's been a little tougher, and as you know, there's no commitments yet because I think we're in on the right guys and got some work to do here the next few weeks," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday. "Is that one of the reasons I'm in a better mood? I don't think so, because recruiting, the problem is if you finish second you might as well have been 42nd. I like the job my staff has done."

That's definitely a good point: losing out on a recruit is losing out on a recruit, no matter if you made it to their final five or not. Parker is a huge prospect and landing him would instantly validate the 2013 recruiting class for the Spartans, regardless of who else is really brought in at this point.


Jabari Parker puts Michigan State in top 5

Jabari Parker, the No. 1 recruit of the 2013 class on ESPN's Top 100, has narrowed his potential schools to five with Michigan State earning one of the spots, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN Recruiting. Along with the Spartans, Parker is also considering Stanford, BYU, Duke and Florida as finalists, in no particular order.

Parker is a senior at Simeon Career Academy, the same high school as 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, and won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for his play during his junior year. The 6'8, 225 pound forward has won many accolades during his high school playing career, including All-American honors from ESPN and USA Today.

The 2011-12 Michigan State Spartans finished 29-8 overall and was the No. 5 team in the AP Ranking at the end of the season. However, they were upset by the Louisville Cardinals during the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament.

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