Jabari Parker's college options

Jabari Parker's college options (Tribune illustration / December 19, 2012)

While it's no Duke, Michigan State or Florida, BYU basketball is better than it gets credit for. The Cougars had six consecutive 25-win seasons from 2005-06 through 2011-12 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each year. This year's team is 8-3, with losses to Notre Dame, Florida State and Iowa State. Sophomore Tyler Haws and senior Brandon Davies have accounted for just over half of the team's 77.1 points per game, and Parker would be able to slide right into Davies' role as a do-it-all forward.

Parker would feel at home surrounded by fellow Mormons, but the lack of diversity in Salt Lake City might not be as comforting. Darron Smith, a black Mormon and former professor at BYU, recently wrote a column for Deadspin.com titled "Top Basketball Recruit Jabari Parker Is Ideal for BYU, but BYU Isn't Ideal For Him (Or For Any Black Athlete)."

Stanford: 1 percent

The prestigious institution would give him the best chance of having something resembling a "normal" college existence, and he was clearly taken by coach Johnny Dawkins, because the Cardinal's inclusion in his final five was somewhat of a surprise.

There's precedent for an Illinois Mr. Basketball succeeding at Stanford, as sophomore Chasson Randle of Rock Island is well on his way to an outstanding collegiate career. There are only two seniors on the 7-4 team, and neither is a starter.

Parker visited Stanford twice unofficially, but it's the only school of the five that did not have a chance to host him on an official visit. Can't be a good sign.

What say they?

We polled Parker's Simeon teammates anonymously about where they think he will go. Two were split on their opinion.

Florida: 3.

Michigan State: 2.5.

Duke: 1.5.

BYU: 1

Don't know: 3.