Early Thursday morning, Jordan Brand announced the signing of Jabari Parker to its family of athletes. Thursday evening, Parker was chosen 2nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Parker—a Chicago native who led his high school team to four Illinois state championships—is one of the most heralded rookies, known for his physical gifts, scoring capability and tremendous character. Combined with deep Chicago roots—much like the Jordan Brand—these attributes make Parker a perfect fit to continue the legacy of Jordan.
“We could not be more excited to have Jabari Parker officially join our Jordan Family,” says Larry Miller, Jordan Brand President. “Jabari’s character and commitment to excellence makes him a perfect fit with Jordan Brand and we are looking forward to building a legacy with him.”
In 2013, Parker (6-feet-8-inches, 235 pounds) earned co-MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic. He was named 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball All-American first team, the All-ACC Tournament Team, and ACC Freshman of the Year. After a successful freshman season (8.7 rebounds and 19.1 points per game), Parker officially declared he would explore the opportunity to play professionally.
Source: Nike, Inc.