Jabari Parker may wait until spring to sign letter of intent

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Jabari Parker may wait until spring to sign letter of intent

CHICAGO Prep star Jabari Parker might wait until the spring to sign his letter of intent, although he probably would commit to a school before making it official.
Sonny Parker said Thursday his son isnt ruling out signing during the early period next month, but he might need more time. In that case, he said Jabari likely would commit in December and sign in the spring.
Jabari Parker, who plays for Chicagos Simeon Career Academy, is scheduled to make five official visits, starting this weekend with Michigan State. Trips to Duke (Oct. 26-28), Florida (Nov. 2-4), Stanford (Nov. 9-11) and Brigham Young later in November are also on tap.
We really dont know for sure, for sure, Sonny Parker said. He has five visits. He might go on his first two visits and say, Hey, this is where I want to go. You never know. I know all his visits are going to go past the (early) signing period. His last visit, probably BYU, is going to be the end of November.
If Jabari Parker doesnt sign during the early period from Nov. 14-21, he would have to wait until the spring. The regular period runs from April 17 to May 15.
Hell probably commit if he cant sign on those days (in November), Sonny Parker said. Thats what Im hearing from him. And hell sign in the spring.
Jabari Parker will be accompanied by his parents this weekend. Sonny says hell try to make all the trips and his wife, Lola, will be on each visit.
A 6-foot-8 forward, Jabari Parker is one of the most prized recruits to come along in recent years. He received the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year award after leading Simeon to its third straight state championship while averaging 19.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as a junior.
He comes from the same high school that Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose attended, and his father played six seasons with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA after starring at Chicagos Farragut Career Academy.
Religion also plays a big role in Jabaris life. He is a devout Mormon, just like his mom, and a mission remains a possibility.
A new rule recently went into effect that lowers the age when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can go on a mission from 19 to 18, possibly adding another wrinkle to this recruiting process.
Its a possibility, that option, Sonny said. His brother went on a mission. Im sure thats still an option, but he hasnt made any type of decision or commitment one way or another. Right now, hes trying to get healthy and deal with this college recruiting and decision making. Hes just trying to deal with that now.
Jabari Parker is recovering from a broken right foot and is still using crutches and a protective boot. Sonny Parker said his son is scheduled for an MRI in about three weeks, and his timetable for getting back on the court is up in the air.
They really dont know, Sonny said. Theyre talking about in six weeks, but hes still got to go through some rehabilitation, some therapy. Thats going to take some time.

Laquon Treadwell Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Profile

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Laquon Treadwell Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Profile

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Laquon Treadwell (WR), Mississippi

6’2” | 221 lbs.

2015 stats:

82 receptions, 1153 yards, 11 TDs

Selection:

1st Round, 23rd overall pick to Minnesota Vikings

Scouting Report:

"Obviously I would not argue with anyone who ranks Treadwell as the top receiver. I love both prospects. Treadwell displayed his physical dominance in college both before and after the catch. Treadwell fits the template for a focal point of an offense at 6’2/221 lbs. His game did not slow down in 2015 after returning from a horrific leg injury. Treadwell can win at every level of the field with position and agility for someone of his size. He is used to catching erratic targets away from his body." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com

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White Sox' win streak ends at 6 as John Danks struggles again

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White Sox' win streak ends at 6 as John Danks struggles again

BALTIMORE -- John Danks’ margin for error just isn’t very wide.

He and the White Sox discovered that yet again on Thursday night when the Baltimore Orioles made the veteran pay for several third-inning mistakes. With several potential options to choose from, whether or not the White Sox will give him another start to find a rhythm becomes the big question.

Danks surrendered a pair of long home runs and allowed six earned runs and the White Sox fell to the Orioles, 10-2, at Oriole Park at Camden Yard in front of 14,568. The loss snapped a six-game White Sox winning streak and is the team’s first since the last start by Danks (0-4) on April 21.

At the very least, the White Sox have shown they may entertain making a change at the back of the rotation.

It was only earlier this week when the White Sox promoted recently signed starter Miguel Gonzalez to give him an opportunity. While Gonzalez showed rust in Monday’s start, he also settled in against a tough Toronto Blue Jays lineup, which allowed the White Sox to rally for a big win.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he was impressed with how Gonzalez handled himself against the Blue Jays as he made his first big league start of the season. However, Ventura didn’t make any commitments about the right-hander’s future and Gonzalez was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a four-player shuffle after David Robertson landed on the bereavement list.

But the decision to push Danks back out of the series in Toronto, a team against whom he has poor numbers, raises questions about how long the White Sox might keep him in the rotation.

The White Sox have Monday off before they start a six-game homestand on Tuesday. That means they could skip Danks’ next turn in the rotation without moving around any of their other starters.

Ventura also noted on Monday that the White Sox, off to their best start since 2006, have several options from which to choose if they need help in the rotation.

Jacob Turner has a 2.49 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings at Charlotte. Erik Johnson, also at Charlotte, has a 3.24 ERA in three starts. And there’s Gonzalez, who went 30-21 with a 3.45 ERA from 2012-14 with the Orioles before he fell off last season.

“I don’t know if we’ve necessarily had that for a while,” Ventura said.

The White Sox opted to push Danks -- who saw his ERA rise to 7.25 -- back to Thursday against Baltimore in part because of past success against the Orioles, including seven scoreless innings at U.S. Cellular Field last July.

Danks wasn’t able to match that showing this time around even after Todd Frazier’s two-run, first-inning homer gave him a cushion with which to work.

Had it not been for a fantastic relay from Austin Jackson to Jimmy Rollins to Hector Sanchez to throw out Chris Davis on Adam Jones’ two-out RBI double in the first inning, Danks would have given back the lead.

While Danks pitched a perfect second inning, he wasn’t as fortunate in the third. Danks walked Caleb Joseph to start the inning and Manny Machado’s one-out double to right tied it at 2. Davis then launched a two-run homer to right-center field and Mark Trumbo followed with a solo shot to put the Orioles ahead 5-2.

Danks put up zeroes in the fourth and fifth innings, but exited after he surrendered a leadoff double to J.J. Hardy in the sixth. Hardy scored during a five-run Orioles’ rally against Jake Petricka that blew the game open.

Danks allowed nine hits and walked two while throwing strikes on 56 of 96 pitches. 

Will Fuller Houston Texans NFL Draft Profile

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Will Fuller Houston Texans NFL Draft Profile

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Will Fuller (WR), Notre Dame

6’0” | 186 lbs.

2015 stats:

62 receptions, 1,258 yards, 14 TDs

Selection:

1st Round, 21st overall by Houston Texans (via Washington Redskins)

Scouting Report:

"Where He Wins: Big plays. Big plays. Big plays. Yes, I know there are drops (like there are with Corey Coleman). But any team that draft’s Fuller will understand he will let a couple plays slip away in order to produce some major, potentially game changing, sequences. Fuller has easy speed and can use that to his advantage to create separation on breaking routes." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com