#TheBIGS ON THE REAL: JABARI PARKER TALKS ALMOST DITCHING THE HARDWOOD FOR THE CORNER
Chicago’s own, Jabari Parker is living a hoop dream.
Born and raised in the South Shore area on Chicago’s south side, Jabari is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker. He was ranked as one of the top two basketball players in the nation while rocking the yellow and blue of the Simeon Wolverines and was the star of the 2014 Duke Blue Devils. He entered the NBA as the #2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
But even he couldn’t escape the temptation to ditch the hoop life for the street life.
At the South Side YMCA for the taping of “An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility, and Violence”, Jabari Parker told The Bigs that during his senior year of high school at Simeon Career Academy, after a broken foot threatened to change the direction of his basketball career, he considered both a life of drug dealing and robbery.