The country's No. 1 ranked rising senior and John Calipari hot-target, Jabari Parker, has been diagnosed with a broken right foot. Parker, who had been playing in Lithuania in the FIBA U17 World Championship tournament, had an MRI performed on Wednesday after returning home to his native Chicago.
Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward, played on the broken foot in the tournament, but not his normal allotment of minutes. His father, Sonny, had this to say about his son's tough break (no pun intended) to ESPN Chicago:
"We're going to take some time and let it heal. He'll get healthy again and continue to play and perform the way he's been. He's getting a chance to rest. I don't know how he played with a fracture. I knew it had to be something, the way he's been walking. He'll be fine."
Well, I surmise there is no questioning Parker's toughness, an attribute UK fans dearly love to see in their Wildcats.
Parker issued a tweet last week proclaiming his 10 favorite schools, a list on which Kentucky appeared, along with heavy hitters Duke and Michigan State among others. Before the injury, Parker's plan was to take his visits in the late summer/early fall and select a destination in November. A plan which may still be in place, according to his father:
"I guess it's in the early stage of recruiting. He picked the 10 schools he liked. From here, he's going to narrow it down and set up visits. That should be coming hopefully soon."
I'm sure the Big Blue Nation wishes Parker a complete and speedy recovery, and a quick return to the hardwood.