Mormon Jabari Parker, 17, might be next big thing in NBA

by | Jun. 14, 2012

Saints & Sports

In the pool of high school players considered strong enough to make it to the NBA, 17-year-old Jabari Parker is a big fish.

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.

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