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Is Illinois Back In The Jabari Parker Sweepstakes?

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Back on July 12, after Chicago Simeon hoops superstar Jabari Parker omitted the University of Illinois from his “Final 10” list of potential college destinations, I wrote that Parker had done the Illini a favor. I wrote how it was a blessing that Jabari wasn’t stringing Illinois along, if it wasn’t a serious player. And I wrote that when it comes to recruiting, second place truly is the first loser. It still is.

But can 11th place also end up being the ultimate winner?

Well, apparently, John Groce thinks so.

On Monday, ESPNChicago.com reported that Illinois’ new basketball coach is continuing to recruit Parker, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, even though Parker mentally crossed the Illini off his list six weeks ago.

Or at least did so on Twitter.

“They’re still in touch,” Parker’s father, Sonny, was quoted as saying this week about Jabari and the Illini. “You never know. You never know how things are going to pan out.”

Continue reading at CBSChicago.com