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Parker sits atop new Rivals150 ranking

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Statechampion,nationalplayeroftheyear,USAbasketballgoldmedalwinnerandstilltheNo.1playerintheRivals150fortheclassof2013,ChicagoSimeon'sJabariParkerisfightingoffafuriouschargefromapairofTexans.
Thenation'sNos.2and3players,respectively,arepowerforwardJuliusRandlefromPlano(Texas)Prestonwoodand6-foot-5pointguardAndrewHarrisonofFortBend(Texas)Travis.Andbothmadestrongplaysforthetopspotinthepost-spring/pre-Julyrankings,whichwerereleasedTuesday.
RandlehasbeendominantinNike'sEliteYouthBasketballLeagueandwasexcellentwiththe18-and-undernationalteam.Harrisonhasbeenequallyimpressivethankstohisvision,sizeandabilitytoruntheshow.
StillParker-whoisinLithuaniacompetingwithUSABasketball'snational17-and-underteam-remainsatopthe2013rankingsbecauseofhisall-aroundskillandversatilityrolledintoa6-foot-8package.
"Heknowsthathehasalotofworkandhehasatargetonhisback,"Parker'sfather,Sonny,toldRivals.comafterhearingthenewshissonwillretaintheNo.1ranking."But,hesays,'DadIknowtheyarecomingatmesoI'mcomingatthemtoo.'"
Askilledwingplayerwhoneverseemstobeinarush,Parkerisalsocapableofplayingasahighpostfour-manwhocanpickdefensesapartwithpassingordrivestothehoop.Duringthespringandearlysummer,though,Parkerhasn'tshottheballquiteaswellasinthepastandit'ssomethinghe'slookingforwardtoaddressingoncehehassomedowntime.
"Hereallywantstogetbackinthestudio,"saidSonny,Parker'sfather."Hehasn'thadachancetoworkoutindividuallylikehewantstobecauseofhistravelschedulewithAAUandcampsandUSABasketball.Hewantstobethebestever."
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Atthesametime,Parkerisveryappreciativeoftheplacesthatbasketballistakinghim.HealsotriestostaygroundedandaccordingtohisfatherthetripswithUSABasketballhavegonealongwaytowarddoingso.Itisn'tjustthebasketball,butachancetolearnaboutandappreciateothercultures.
"Itisreallyanhonorandaprivilegetorepresentyourcountryandhereallyenjoysthat,"Parkersaid."Initiallyhehadsomedoubtsaboutitbutthenonceherealizedthathewasrepresentinghiscountryhehasenjoyedhisexperience.
"He'sreallyintodifferentculturesandexperiencingthem.Heappreciateswherehelivescomparedtosomeofthepeoplehe'scomeacrossoutsidethecommercialismandtourismofitall."
Ontheschoolfront,Parkerhassofardeclinedtolisthistopschools.MichiganState,Illinios.Duke,NorthCarolina,Kentucky,Kansas,OhioState,BYU,TexasA&M,DePaul,Missouri,Northwesternandmanyothersarepursuinghim.
"Mysonstillwatchescartoonsandhe'sstillakidsoIdon'twanthimoverlybombardedwiththerecruitment,"hisfathersaid."Thecoacheshavetocallmeormywifeiftheywanttocallandtalktohim;we'llsetup.
"Afterthesummerhe'sprobablygoingtonarrowitdowntofive.Attheendhe'llnarrowitdownandtakehisvisits.FromwhatI'mhearingfromhismother,ifhe'sstillnotfeelingitwithadecisioninthefall,thenhecouldwaituntilthespring."
FollowingParker,RandleandHarrisoninthenewrankingsareHarrison'stwinbrother,AaronHarrison,atNo.4,andAaronGordonofSanJose(Calif.)ArchbishopMittyatNo.5.AaronHarrison,likehisbrother,stands6-feet-5,butismoreofashootingguardandoneofthemostskilledperimeterplayersinthecountry.Gordon,ontheotherhand,hasbeensidelinedbyinjuryformuchofthespring.Whenhealthy,the6-foot-7forwardisamongthenation'smostexplosiveplayersandaninside/outthreat.
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InadditiontoParker,fiveothermembersofthe2013Rivals150areplayingwithUSABasketball's17-and-underteam.TheyareMemphisnativeJohnathanWilliamsIIIClickThereareatotalof20five-starprospects.Ofthoseinthefive-starrange,LouisianapowerforwardJarellMartinClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.madethebiggestleap,goingfromNo.62toNo.13nationally.Alsomakinglargejumpsintofive-starstatuswereArkansasClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.commitmentBobbyPortisClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whoclimbedfromNo.56to15,andNewJerseyforwardJermaineLawrenceClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whojumpedfromNo.64to19.HeretoviewthisLink.(No.24),KansanConnerFrankampClickThereareatotalof20five-starprospects.Ofthoseinthefive-starrange,LouisianapowerforwardJarellMartinClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.madethebiggestleap,goingfromNo.62toNo.13nationally.Alsomakinglargejumpsintofive-starstatuswereArkansasClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.commitmentBobbyPortisClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whoclimbedfromNo.56to15,andNewJerseyforwardJermaineLawrenceClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whojumpedfromNo.64to19.HeretoviewthisLink.(No.28),CalifornianStephenDomingoClickThereareatotalof20five-starprospects.Ofthoseinthefive-starrange,LouisianapowerforwardJarellMartinClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.madethebiggestleap,goingfromNo.62toNo.13nationally.Alsomakinglargejumpsintofive-starstatuswereArkansasClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.commitmentBobbyPortisClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whoclimbedfromNo.56to15,andNewJerseyforwardJermaineLawrenceClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whojumpedfromNo.64to19.HeretoviewthisLink.(No.30),bigmanBeeJayAnyaClickThereareatotalof20five-starprospects.Ofthoseinthefive-starrange,LouisianapowerforwardJarellMartinClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.madethebiggestleap,goingfromNo.62toNo.13nationally.Alsomakinglargejumpsintofive-starstatuswereArkansasClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.commitmentBobbyPortisClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whoclimbedfromNo.56to15,andNewJerseyforwardJermaineLawrenceClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whojumpedfromNo.64to19.HeretoviewthisLink.(No.32)andParker'shighschoolteammate,KendrickNunnClickThereareatotalof20five-starprospects.Ofthoseinthefive-starrange,LouisianapowerforwardJarellMartinClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.madethebiggestleap,goingfromNo.62toNo.13nationally.Alsomakinglargejumpsintofive-starstatuswereArkansasClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.commitmentBobbyPortisClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whoclimbedfromNo.56to15,andNewJerseyforwardJermaineLawrenceClickRankingsnotesHeretoviewthisLink.,whojumpedfromNo.64to19.HeretoviewthisLink.(No.37).
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Atotalof48oftheRivals150havemadeverbalcommitments.FloridaClickHeretoviewthisLink.hasthehighest-rankedcommitmentinMontverde(Fla.)AcademypointguardKaseyHillClickHeretoviewthisLink..Asuperathleteandattackingdriver,Hillisamongthenation'smostexcitingplayersandchecksinatNo.7.NorthCarolinaClickHeretoviewthisLink.hasthehighest-rankedpairofcommitmentsinathleticforwardIsaiahHicksClickHeretoviewthisLink.(No.10)andsteadypointguardNateBrittClickHeretoviewthisLink.(No.22).Otherprogramswithmultiplecommitmentsfromthe2013Rivals150areKansasClickHeretoviewthisLink.,AlabamaClickHeretoviewthisLink.,IllinoisClickHeretoviewthisLink.,PurdueClickHeretoviewthisLink.,IndianaClickHeretoviewthisLink.,MichiganClickHeretoviewthisLink.,PennStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.,MarquetteClickHeretoviewthisLink.andIowaStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.
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Two players from the class of 2014 moved up a year and are now ranked among the class of 2013. Physical and athletic combo guard Wayne SeldenClick Here to view this Link. had been ranked No. 13 in the class of 2014. He makes his debut at No. 21 in the class of 2013. Devon HallClick Here to view this Link. is a VirginiaClick Here to view this Link. commitment and a heady point guard. The floor general's older brother will actually play football at UVA. Hall enters 2013 at No. 58 after ranking No. 38 in 2014.
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