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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do Blackhawks need to make a trade now?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do Blackhawks need to make a trade now?

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Laurence Holmes (670 The Score), George Ofman (WBBM Newsradio 780/105.9) and Jordan Bernfield join Kap on the panel.

Jimmy Butler says he doesn’t care about the All-Star Game right now. That can't be true, right?

Jonathan Toews is slumping. Do the Blackhawks need to make a trade to get the captain going?

Also, the guys discuss whether Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live broadcast will distract the Steelers and motivate the Patriots.

Plus, a Hawk Harrelson alarm clock??? You gotta be… bleepin’ me!

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below.

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Just when you think the Bulls are back at full strength for one of the few times this season and able to hit the reset button halfway through the year, someone goes down with an injury.

Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left ankle injury that he apparently suffered Sunday night in the Bulls’ win against Memphis.

This comes on the day Nikola Mirotic has recovered from his strep throat and apparently the flu bug that made its way through the locker room has finally run its course.

Paul Zipser, the Bulls’ rookie second-round pick, will start in Gibson’s place. Zipser has played in 12 games so far, starting in two of them.

"It's something that kind of popped up,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don't know exactly the time. He did have a little bit of soreness in the game. Again, it's not to the point where you're saying this is something that holds him out a while.”

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Gibson did have ankle surgery on his left ankle in June 2015, but he’s been an iron man this year, starting every game to this point and averaging 12 points with 7.3 rebounds.

Hoiberg said he’s not sure if Gibson will need an MRI or if this injury is somehow related to the ankle surgery that cost Gibson several months in the 2015 offseason.

It seems Hoiberg will start off with Zipser and then use Mirotic and Bobby Portis as reserves against the Mavericks team that gave the Bulls a 25-point whipping in Dallas on Dec. 3, their second-worst loss of the year.

“Again, we hope to sit him tonight, have a couple days off to rest and get him back in the lineup in the next one,” Hoiberg said. “We felt it was best to hold him out tonight."