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BOZICH: Will Sports Illustrated Jinx Cost Parker No. 1 Ranking?

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Top recruit Jabari Parker has a broken right foot. Top recruit Jabari Parker has a broken right foot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Has the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx introduced itself to Jabari Parker?

It appears so.

Several months after SI anointed Parker with a cover story that screamed he was  the best high school basketball player since LeBron James, Parker's summer of basketball is over. His father, Sonny, told the Chicago Tribune, said that Jabari has a fracture in his right foot. That will end his summer of basketball.

Sonny Parker said the injury likely occurred while Jabari was playing for Team USA in Lithuania. He'll be fine by the start of the Simeon high school season and certainly by the time he selects a college from among his list of 10 finalists, which includes Kentucky.

But Julius Randle or one of the Harrison twins – Andrew and Aaron, might overtake Parker at the top of the Class of 2013 rankings. Or even Aaron Gordon, a forward from San Jose, Calif., enjoying an incredible summer.

Better than LeBron, but not better than four high school peers.

That's the Sports Illustrated Jinx – and the recruiting merry-go-round – for you.

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