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Jabari Parker to visit Duke Oct. 27, could decide on other visits soon

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The Jabari Parker sweepstakes is quickly coming to a close. The nation’s top-ranked senior is expected to sign in November, before his senior season at Simeon Career Academy (Ill.) begins.

The 6-foot-8 small forward is down to 11 schools and according to SNY.tv and ZagsBlog.com’s Adam Zagoria, Parker will  take his first official visit to Duke on Oct. 27. This visit will take place on the same weekend as the Blue Devil’s first home exhibition game against Western Washington.

According to Mark Strotman of CSNChicago.com, Parker was suppose to take an official visit to Michigan State this weekend. His visit would coincided with Michigan State’s home football game against Ohio State. The Spartans and Parker have rescheduled.

Last Friday, Parker added UConn to his list of finalists, making it the 11th school in the running for the Chicago native’s services. Along with Michigan State, Duke and UConn, Kentucky, Georgetown, BYU, Florida, DePaul, North Carolina, Kansas and Stanford are all in contention.

Michigan State and Duke are considered the favorites and are likely the first two schools he will visit officially. Parker was on the Stanford campus in August.

“I think Jabari is going to take his time and maybe decide over the weekend what five schools he’s going to visit – if he does five,” Simeon head coach Robert Smith told the Hartford Courant’s Dan Amore.

If the Spartans and Blue Devils are the frontrunners, Parker will headline an already solid class for Duke, while being the first recruit Tom Izzo will land for the class of 2013.

Mike Krzyzewski has received commits from Ottawa High (Kan.) small forward, Semi Ojeleye and DeSoto High (Tex.) shooting guard, Matt Jones.


Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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