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August 10, 2012

Parker not revealing cards yet

In his latest Weekly Whispers, national basketball recruiting analyst Eric Bossi tackles subjects such as Jabari Parker's recruiting.

Look out for No. 1

Recently, speculation and even a written report emerged that the nation's top player in the class of 2013, Jabari Parker, was down to a final three of Michigan State, Duke and Kansas.

Parker's father, Sonny, got in touch with Rivals.com to set the record straight.

"I don't know where anybody is getting that from," Parker told Rivals.com. "He hasn't cut his list. Right now he's resting and sometime next month he's probably going to cut it down to five."

Of course, Parker and his family have denied any leaders throughout the entire process, so it's not a surprise to see his father deny that there are leaders.

The real takeaway from the conversation with Parker's father is that there will be a cut to a final five schools sometime in the next month or so and that official visits will then be set up.

The elder Parker also dismissed the rumor that his son would go to a school within driving distance because of Sonny's alleged fear of flying.

In the meantime, the 6-foot-8-and-still-growing five-star is focusing on getting healthy. After playing through various minor injuries throughout the spring and early summer, Parker suffered a broken foot while competing for USA Basketball's 17 and under national team.

That injury has him on the shelf for at least another 6-8 weeks.

As for a decision, Parker's father says that the hope is to make it in the fall, but if the need is there, he could wait until spring.

"He's got to get it cut down to this five and then take his visits," Parker said. "But, I told him that if he can't make up his mind that it's OK for him to go ahead and wait until the spring."

Big July, big offers

One of the best finds of the summer was Avondale (Ariz.) Westview's rising junior big man Andre Adams.

Playing with the Arizona Magic's 16 and under team, the long-armed and quick 6-foot-8 power forward emerged as one of the premier shot-blockers in his class.

Throw in Adams' ability to change ends like a smaller player, good hands and the ability to step out and hit 15-foot jumpers, and you have one of the hotter prospects on the West Coast.

Adams' summer coach, Kenny Mullins, checked in with Rivals.com and reports that in the last week alone, Oregon State, UNLV, Colorado, Arizona State and Boise State offered scholarships. Others showing interest include Indiana, Arizona, Syracuse, Washington State, USC, UCLA, New Mexico and Stanford.

Adams -- who will make a move into four-star territory when class of 2014 rankings are updated -- is still pretty new to the recruiting process and doesn't currently have any unofficial visits planned.

Nothing imminent

Earlier this week, five-star point guard Rysheed Jordan caused a stir when he tweeted that he could be close to making a decision.

Somewhere along the line, people missed the smiley face attached to the tweet, and according to the 6-foot-4 point guard's summer coach and mentor Kamal Yard, a decision is not imminent.

"I've told him he needs to be careful with that Twitter stuff," Yard told Rivals.com. "He's not ready to make a decision yet. He was just playing around." While the No. 16 player in the class of 2013 isn't ready to announce a college choice, he could be paring his list within the next few weeks. Among those still involved are Temple, Villanova, Maryland, St. John's, LaSalle, Seton Hall, Rutgers.

High-level target

Generally, the recruitment of junior college players doesn't really heat up until the winter of their sophomore years.

However, the recruitment of four-star point guard Chris Jones of Northwest Florida has gotten started a little earlier.

A high-level scorer and competitor who is a proven winner, the former Tennessee signee is without a doubt the hottest recruit in the junior college ranks.

According to his coach Steve Forbes, the likes of Louisville, Florida State, Baylor, N.C. State, Kansas, UCLA, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and others have started to show significant levels of interest.

"I think that things will really start to shake out in September," Forbes said . "He's got a good working list for right now."

Because of his experience, talent and toughness, Jones has the potential to make as much if not more impact as a junior than just about any incoming freshman point guard. Because of that, he holds power in his recruitment and doesn't need to be in any rush.

"What I've really asked him to do is get it narrowed down, even if it's just to 10," Forbes said. "Then the first time they come out in September, he can meet them and then decide where he wants to take visits because he really doesn't know a lot about these places.

"Some coaches are pressuring him for visits because of big football games. But, he doesn't care about football games, so he's not in a rush."

Forbes said that he can see comparisons between Jones and former Kansas All-American Sherron Collins. He's also of the belief that Jones can step in and help a team compete for titles.

"I think Chris is the type of player that could elevate your team to win a championship because he's a winner," Forbes said. "He's won every place he's been and the most important thing to him is winning. That's his best attribute."

Tip-ins

Nebraska has landed its first player from the class of 2013. While on an unofficial visit to Lincoln on Friday, Sun Prairie (Wisc.) small forward Nick Fuller pulled the trigger on a commitment. A 6-foot-6 wing with athleticism, Fuller is a hard nosed wing who plays with toughness, is versatile and can knock down an open jump shot.

There can't be many prospects in the class of 2013 who boast more impressive academic credentials than Austin Montgomery. A 6-foot-8 power forward from Gainesville (Ga.) Lakeview Academy, Montgomery has already scored a 35 on the ACT and a 2,320 (including a perfect 800 on the written section) of the SAT. Programs that are showing initial interest include Bucknell, Furman , Holy Cross, Louisiana-Monroe, Brown, Lafayette, Southern Utah and Stetson.

Rivals150 point guard Dayshon Smith received his first high major offer this week when Illinois offered him a ride. "Scoochie" will visit the Illini officially in September. He had also planned to visit Providence this week, unofficially, but that visit has been put on hold so that he can stay home and play in this weekend's Big Strick Classic in New York City.

Stanford is hosting a pair of unofficial visitors this weekend. Class of 2014 five-star Justise Winslow is currently on campus and he won't be the only weekend visitor. Three-star combo guard Sam Singer from the class of 2013 is coming in for a visit. While on the West Coast, Singer is also planning to stop by Cal.

There were three de-commitments within the last few days. The most notable one is that of 2014 five-star Trey Lyles. The 6-foot-9 big man had been committed to Indiana since before he'd even played a game of high school basketball. The Hoosiers will remain involved with the talented and skilled four man and schools such as Ohio State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky have been among those mentioned.

On the West coast, it wasn't a surprise when Brandon Randolph committed to Pepperdine. The Waves had been considered a heavy favorite so it is a surprise to see the explosive 6-foot-2 three-star combo guard open it back up.

Also opening things up on the West Coast is three-star combo guard Julian Jacobs. The Las Vegas product had been committed to Utah but decided Friday that he would like to open things back up and take a look around.



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