[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Suzan Clarke of ABC News recently wrote an article taking a more in-depth look at super-recruit Jabari Parker of Chicago, IL. The article notes Parker’s Mormon faith and how rare that is within the African-American community.
Jabari is a standout, and not just for his size – he’s 6-foot-9 and weighs 220 pounds – or his 3.7 high school GPA. What also makes him unique is that he’s an African-American Mormon.
Of the 6.2 million Mormons in America, only 3 percent are African-American.
And for Jabari Parker, it’s his faith that defines him, not the promise of basketball superstardom that seems almost certain to be in his future.
“Once they think of Mormonism, they will look at a white guy. But it’s worldwide,” Jabari, a student at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, said.
By now, most of us are aware that Jabari also isn’t particularly fond of the fame and attention. No matter what school he chooses, he’ll likely have to get over his fear of the spotlight. Unless he goes to the west coast (looking at you, Shabazz). The article is a good read on a great player and I, like most of BBN, am really hoping Cal plays his cards right with this kid. We sure could use him. Click here to read the entire article.
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