After winning their third consecutive IHSA title, nine Simeon players left their shoes on the court at Carver Arena in Peoria, attempting to showcase their ownership of Illinois boys basketball over the last few years. Coach Robert Smith wasn't impressed, though, and suspended those nine players -- Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate, Kendall Pollard, Bobby Harrison, Myles Harrison, Dennis Williams, Ricky Norris, John Gardner and Quon Davis.
Noticeably absent from the suspended players is junior Jabari Parker, widely regarded as one of the top five prep basketball players in the country. Parker was being interviewed by NBC when his teammates were leaving their shoes on the court.
Even had Parker participated in the act, it probably wouldn't have had an impact on his recruiting profile. The 6-foot-7 junior has received offers from schools such as Washington, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, Mizzou, North Carolina and Ohio State, according to Rivals.com.
Simeon has won six state titles, the most of any boys basketball program in Illinois.
Simeon players stand after removing their shoes and placing them on the court at Carver Arena after winning Saturday's IHSA Class 4A title. (Photo courtesy of Comcast SportsNet)