Jabari Parker knows that, on the most basic level, when you’re the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 every team who’s not you is trying to be you.
“Every team’s goal is to be No. 1,” said Parker, a junior swingman at Simeon (Chicago). “So it’s something that we’re used to at this point. We’ve had to deal with it all year.”
Still, when facing a team whose fall from grace included four straight losses and a 32-spot plunge in the rankings, Parker knows the focus and motivation will be at an immeasurable high.
“Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) will be the toughest test of the season,” said Parker, the top-ranked player in the ESPNU 60. “They have a great team across the board. It will be a war.”