RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (12/27/2012): HOLIDAY SEASON BRINGS A QUIET TIME IN RECRUITING NEWS
by Alex Schwartz
First off, NBE Sports would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our readers. Hopefully you all enjoy the season!
As for the hoops, there was one big-time commitment that came down in the past week as well as a few other pieces of news.
Jabari Parker, ranked No. 3 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125, committed to the Duke Blue Devils. Parker selected Duke over BYU, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford. The 6-foot-8 small forward from Simeon (IL) is a huge pickup for Mike Krzyzewski and Co. and is the top ranked committed player in the nation not going to an SEC School.
Parker is the third member of Duke’s class in the top 45 of the NBE Sports rankings. He joins No. 29 Matt Jones of DeSoto (TX) and No. 41 Semi Ojeleye of Ottawa (KS).
Jevon Thomas of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (WI) committed to Kansas State, per ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin. Thomas is a 5-foot-11 class of 2013 point guard from New York who is in a post-graduate year at SJNMA. He had originally committed to St. John’s, then decommitted and eventually pledged to Dayton. Instead of heading to Dayton, Thomas went to prep school and is now bound for KSU.
Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune was the first to report that Ahmad Fields popped for Utah. The 6-foot-5 small forward is a class of 2013 prospect who attends Massanutten Military Academy (VA).
James Whitaker of IC Norcom (VA) committed to North Carolina A&T according to Chad Moellenberg of BigShots.net. Whitaker is a 6-foot-5 small forward prospect who in the class of 2013.
Chris McCullough of Brewster Academy (NH) will remain in the class of 2014 and not reclassify to 2013, per Adam Zagoria of ZagaBlog.com. The Syracuse-bound McCullough is a 6-foot-9 power forward who checks in at No. 22 in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75.
The City of Palms Classic is arguably the best annual high school hoops tournament in the nation. This year, Montverde Academy (FL) defeated Lone Peak (UT) to win the championship at the event, which is held in Fort Myers, Fla. Along the way, Lone Peak handed Chester (PA) its first loss in almost two years.
The Iolani Classic in Hawaii had four of the nation’s elite programs in it. Findlay Prep (NV) knocked off La Lumiere (IN) for the tournament championship, while Oak Hill Academy (VA) beat Montrose Christian (MD) in the consolation game.
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