Jabari Parker

2013 phenom Jabari Parker will not go on his LDS mission next year

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While the five schools that remain in contention for the services of 2013 small forward Jabari Parker have been known for quite some time (BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford), there was the question of whether or not Parker would go on his two-year LDS mission before setting foot on the campus of his choice.

On the “Waddle and Silvy Show” in Chicago on Friday morning the Simeon High product answered that question, making it clear that he will begin college next year.

Parker previously mentioned the possibility of going on a mission. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently lowered the minimum age for going on missions to 18. Parker could have bypassed college, attended a two-year mission and entered the NBA draft. He dispelled that scenario on Friday.

“I know for a fact I’m going to college my first year,” Parker said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000.

With the Church of Latter Day Saints adjusting its rules to allow missionaries to begin their two-year mission before they attend college (need to be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate), there was even a question as to whether or not Parker would ever set foot on a college campus before landing in the NBA.

Also of note in Parker’s radio appearance were his comments on why DePaul and Illinois aren’t on his final list, specifically the Blue Demons.

“Like I said, DePaul, I put them on my list, and I was considering Illinois. The reason I took Illinois off was because I didn’t know John Groce and his staff. DePaul, I really had a good relationship with Jerry Wainwright before he resigned. Getting a new coaching staff just messed it up. The schools I picked, the coaches have been there a real long time. “

One of the biggest critiques of Wainwright (besides the steady plummet of DePaul’s win total) was the inability to recruit some of Chicago’s best players and the same was said of former Illinois head coach Bruce Weber. If anything those words are a surprise given the fact that current DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at the school, so there was time for Parker to get to know them and vice versa.

Whoever lands Parker will get an impact player, and with today’s interview it’s now known that Parker’s impact will be felt in 2013.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?