On his father: "I'm just glad I have a father in my life because a lot of people don't have that. More importantly, his example of what he's shown me is what helps me. He played in the NBA, and I can't say anything to him because I'm trying to get to where he's been. … It gives me a little humility when it comes to what he's talking about."
On his father's kidney problems and dialysis: "It's been tough. It just made me a little bit more grateful for him. When I was younger, I didn't really understand that, him supporting me and coming to a lot of the games. Now I don't get to see him coming to the games."
On wanting to be involved in the community: "I wouldn't have gotten here by myself. There are a lot of people who put a hand into my development, so why not do that for another person that's coming up? Be someone that serves others."
On his biggest fears: "My biggest fear is injuries. … (and) not trying my hardest. If I don't try my hardest to be a great person or be a great teammate or be a great guy to be around, I get kind of mad at myself."
On his mother: "My mom has two sides to her. She has a side where she can be real strict and real uptight and then she has a side when she's almost the coolest. She's just been there for me and all my other siblings."
On the women in his life: "My sisters and my mother taught me how to treat women, and they taught me how to act as a gentleman. If I tried to get out of hand with any one of them, it would have been scary. I think that's why I try to act like a gentleman. I'm scared of them."
On disliking praise: "Not only attention bothers me, but I think praise. It goes both ways where they think athletes are almost untouchable. And they can have a down period in life when they're real criticized. That comes with the territory. I like that more than the acknowledgment they gave to me. It's vain for them to say I got here by myself. I got here because of everybody that's dealt with me."
On signing autographs: "I love doing it for the kids because I was that little kid asking inner-city guys that played basketball. I asked for autographs, sneakers, posters. It would be selfish for me not to do it for the kid. That can affect them, me being a role model to them. That can help them in their future. They can look up to me, and I can be something that helps them in their lives."
On the player he was most excited to meet as a kid: "I was real happy to get a picture with Kobe in fifth or sixth grade. I was the happiest kid. That was when Kobe was at the top of his game, so for him to take a picture with me, this kid he didn't know. And he smiled, most importantly. I didn't smile in the photo."
Lola Parker, Jabari's mother
On trying to get a photo of LeBron James and Jabari when he was a child: "I walked up and said LeBron, 'Take a picture with my son.' Like I knew him. … I'm yapping, and the two body guards are looking at me like, 'Oh no. This is a crazy mama. We have to let her take a picture with him.' … Jabari after a couple of days said, 'Mom, thank you so much for that.' I think that's where (the instinct to help Jabari succeed) comes from. Nobody is going to say no to me."
On how she and her husband motivated Jabari when he was a child: "(Sonny) would always say, 'There's somebody working harder than you, Jabari. There's somebody that wants your spot.' And poor Jabari had to listen to that all through growing up. You have to work hard. Kids have to understand that talent is not good enough. We try to instill character is everything for us. You want to be remembered as this great person and not this great basketball player."
On how Jabari has handled his father's health problems: "We would tell him, 'Don't make that your (college) decision, that you have to stay close to home. Dad can do dialysis wherever you go to school.' I would encourage him to not think about those things. Our life is built on faith. We just keep moving."
Sonny Parker, Jabari's father
On Jabari's basketball development: "We kind of prepared him and groomed him (to be a point guard). In grammar school, he jumped center, and then he played the point guard. It kind of confused the other teams. He created those types of matchup problems, and he's done that through the years at Simeon because of his skill development. It started at an early age because we wanted him to be more of a complete basketball player and not just playing one position."
On Jabari's busy schedule and ensuring he gets sleep: "Certain days it's much harder than other days, especially if he has a game. … We make sure he gets his rest, eats the right foods. We pretty much monitor everything because of that."
Simeon coach Robert Smith
On Jabari handling pressure: "I think Jabari felt it a little bit this year. When he was injured and wasn't playing the way he wanted to be playing, he felt it a little bit. When the (college) decision was over, he started smiling."
Russell Woods, Jabari's teammate
On Jabari's personality: "He's silly. A lot of people don't know that, but he's real silly. He likes to have fun. He's never mad. He's never upset. He always has a smile on his face. …He plays little pranks on people. When we're in practice, he'll do something crazy no one expects. If somebody's trying to get a rebound and they're not paying attention, he'll try to dunk on them."
On Jabari's faith: "He doesn't bring it up. …We just talk about teenage things."
D.J. Williams, Jabari's teammate
On what Jabari taught him: "Just have a killer instinct, when you step on the court. Before that, I didn't want to score a lot. He told me to have a killer instinct because when he leaves I have to keep the streak going. He's teaching me a lot right now. In practice, I try to follow everything he does."
On Jabari's personality: "He's a different person off the court. On the court, he's about business. He knows what he has to get done. Off the court, he's regular Jabari, funny, talks to everybody."
Keith Houghteling, Jabari's AP English teacher
On what Jabari brings to class: "His world view, his scope, his experiences are incredibly beneficial. He's seen things, he's experienced things a lot of our students have not. And he brings that. He's not overbearing, but he has very defined opinions. My job is to shake those opinions and say, 'How do you know?' And he responds well to that. He likes being pushed. … And he's funny. That's one thing people do not know, is how funny he is. It's clever funny."
On how Jabari handles stress: "It's probably really rough on him. There's a lot of pressure, and sometimes I would like to see him cut loose. Sometimes on the court it's the same way. Dude, just go in and dominate."
Raesha Radford, DuSable sophomore and Jabari's classmate in seminary:
On the first time she saw Jabari play basketball: "I was like, 'Wow, I didn't know he could be that good.' … He has talent and he's sharing it."
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