Jabari Parker Rules Out 2013 Mormon Mission, Will Play College Basketball

Chicago prep star and devout Mormon Jabari Parker is officially coming to a college campus near you.  Per ESPN 1000 Chicago (via RealGM.com and Michigan Live), Parker was asked about the possibility of serving a two-year Mormon mission after high school on Friday:

“I know for a fact that I’m going to college my first year,” Parker announced.

According to ESPN.com, since the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints recently lowered the minimum age for going on missions to 18, Parker could have gone on a two-year mission before heading to the NBA.  We told you about the 6’8”, 220 lbs forward’s five favorite colleges last week.  According to Parker, we’re going to have to wait a little longer for him to decide on a school:

“If I want to make my announcement in the winter, I’m probably behind schedule,” Parker said. “I probably will need to be doing a little more work. I’m getting lazy. … My decision, it’s going to come kind of easy because I have a lot of people in my circle just telling me different things.”

Sounds like basketball fans in Durham, Provo, and East Lansing will be waiting a little longer for the Christmas present that they want the most.