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Parker recruitment a high-risk gamble for Spartans

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08:16 AM ET 12.19 | While his father opined last week that Jabari Parker's college choice was likely "between Duke and Michigan State," the high school star insists that's not the case. [Tom Izzo] and his staff have spent the better part of three years recruiting Parker, and if the importance of signing him wasn't evident enough by his ranking -- the Spartans have signed zero players to next year's class. "Clearly, he has been almost the sole priority for almost three years now," said Eric Bossi, national basketball analyst for Rivals.com. It's a high-risk gamble, especially considering the other teams involved feel they have as good a shot as the other to land Parker.

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December 19, 2012  08:18 AM ET

All in.

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December 19, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Izzo will be a genius if it works and a fool if it doesn't.

Kinda like going for it on 4th down.

December 19, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Izzo will be a genius if it works and a fool if it doesn't. Kinda like going for it on 4th down.

I don't know about a genius. Kid is likely to be a One- and - Done.

December 19, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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I don't know about a genius. Kid is likely to be a One- and - Done.

BSB: Busting VFH's chops since 2010...

December 19, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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BSB: Busting VFH's chops since 2010...

LOL.

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December 19, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Duke is the only logical choice.

If the concern is quality of education, I agree. I think MSU has an advantage due to location. This kid values relationships; with his family and with his coach. I know he is close to Izzo, I suspect he is close to Coach K. He doesn't sound like a one and done kind of guy. So it comes down to best school for academics vs best school to stay close to his family. (Now watch the kid pick BYU and make me look stupid - not that I need any help with that.)

December 19, 2012  01:42 PM ET
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If the concern is quality of education, I agree.

Wait a second...isn't Stanford also on his list?

 
December 19, 2012  02:23 PM ET
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Wait a second...isn't Stanford also on his list?

Does educational quality matter with a "one and done" kid? How many second semester classes is he likely to go to?

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