Joe Henricksen joins CTL to talk Jabari commitment
Thu, 20 Dec 2012|
Joe Henricksen joins CTL to talk Jabari Parker's commitment to Duke University this afternoon at Simeon high school - 12/20
Duke University. That is one of the top basketball players ever come out of our fair city Jabari Parker. Three times state champ Simeon announcing. Earlier today that he is decided to commit to my tee shots he and the Duke Blue Devils. For his collegiate career many believe you will not play for years some even predicting he'll be a one and done. Let's welcome Joseph Hendrickson the city suburban hoops report he is the guru of high school basketball in the Chicago area and he's. Chronicled his recruitment for a long time Joseph you're at the press conference today when he held up the blue shirt would you say you were stunned. Or. It didn't surprise you at all. I've personally -- be surprised. If he shows any -- level really worst final period Duke Florida or Michigan State in. This -- imply that this recruiting it was a whirlwind that was awfully close to -- prop up. It was carefully executed well thought out process where time was taken -- Jabbar in the fairway to -- coast programs. Ordinarily also just lower the bus trip torrential. As a tight knit small circle were involved in the recruitment which is not always the case recruiting today and all along the Parker can't tell you wouldn't commit until Brian Davis here when a little beyond that about a month later but. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- A lot of people were -- Duke all along and then I don't think it -- Juqua literature Alfred anybody's ever surprise. -- -- over from Chicago Tribune I was wondering earlier this seem like twenty years ago or so every top player in. The city -- in the state stayed in the stadium -- Dillon fired -- or whatnot now if you like those schools are never involved in any of the big. Big players that come out here it's always Duke Michigan State Kentucky the usual suspects Kansas why is that an end. Do you see a point where -- Paul Illinois. Get back into the game for the top level players and the city again. It makes big local into the policy should specifically as. You know mentally in the eighties you know it was it was the bald -- always. You know -- hadn't come in quite yet. Yeah national games every night of the week you can't get around and -- and ultimately with a program from a country truck that. I heard -- all little bit at that time. I know how it's surged toward usually show that mean you have if you are going to beat DePaul Illinois. And you're -- secure. You know top ten Allen McDonald all American you got a -- play at a high level you've got to compete for championships. Because they just don't have that track record that but the dukes machine into the Kentucky pat North Carolina so. -- -- they have -- -- -- -- got a long way to go but Illinois and got to owner John -- pick it up or -- compete for championships again I mean you go back. Illinois did their biggest miscue there biggest problem under Bruce Weber what they did not capitalize -- -- final four on. And a lot of can also took the triggers. After that time or Illinois -- the highest -- so you know I'd they have to get back to that level -- to get back into the game with some of these types of players. -- thought Marcus and ask your question I left kneecap earlier today. What if anything should we make of the fact that less than a year ago Jabari Parker was on the cover of SI. As the next LeBron James and today he's not even the number one prospect in the senior class. Well we are different view of those merits you're gonna -- or Chicago or really anywhere pretty high school player partly because the way -- years now but also could get off to such a young age but. We all of my biggest concern -- You wonder or ever going to feed the very best and Jabari Parker of high school player this year. Shall we are able to compare them through the ambassador to come -- Chicago the Garnett would Derrick Rose. You know we -- senior in Europe to heighten the pinnacle -- your pro career your experience you develop your play -- try a global. But unfortunately this foot injury and he'd had -- -- off from the game we're nowhere close -- and the -- Jabari Parker. And all each can be and although we envisioned he would be during history new years let injury that I walk. As really taken from the -- Somewhat unfairly to -- probably just open affair we have the opportunity get a glimpse. All the very best -- -- force cheers orbital. You don't argue that right now guys. It just Chris how from the Tribune here when you look at his decision today why do you think he ended up. Choosing do go over some of these other big name schools. Well do you do coach K okay -- he's an iconic coaches sit here and unique special place for anyone to play basketball. You combine that with the fact that I can. -- also Jabari were really on board and really comparable group older. And -- so they're very close small circle that -- Ronnie Jabar recruitment. And you combine all that I think it became a lot easier to pull the trigger. In what I think was a very difficult decision for him. You know I also a good -- had not -- Tuesday a week ago it may have dragged on a whole lot longer to -- that -- -- -- extremely difficult decision for him. You know -- -- try until April so she can't go let it drag out I think you just gotta date and that how to approach -- -- blood that had got paid no wind it would force him to make a decision. Job for lets you go there have been people around his camp that have said. While he is always wanted to go to Michigan State yet other people who seem to have. Ties to the family people around the basketball community believe this was a done deal fait accompli. For Duke did that Jabar when he stood up there he was beaming -- -- truly look like he was very happy he's bigger than any point. Know last couple years that he never thought he'd be a blue -- he'd be a Michigan State Spartans. I really I really don't think to a done deal capped by I think he -- being around it mean involved in it and talking to various people that are involved. I really -- you wanted to opposite and and it came down the last 2436. Hour and I really truly believe that. You know I just think Duke Florida -- they were all there. And you know that being safe I think maybe not a lot to do. Release. Could ever in the decision although it because this is bad something we've never seen before in recruiting in any park multi media attention and altering -- -- him. Continue to try to I gonna kill a lot of credit hey he has handled it better than any Q -- can ever imagine going through what he went through. Yeah we had a mid -- few weeks ago he's a class young man. As we let you go any chance that he changes his mind because he announced today he can't sign had to -- first Wednesday in April. And Ellen yesterday you were truly -- world I wouldn't put anything past anything except the fact that you're still talking about Duke. And that hole opening and and I think I'd love to do research -- -- out -- -- -- -- -- committed from Duke but look though you know I'd I I would I doubt that would happen. One guy deserves a lot of credit is Chris Collins he was integral in this recruiting Joseph thank you for your time city suburban hoops report dot com is the best.