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Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards came out in a Sports Illustrated story on Monday and opened up as the first active gay athlete in a major North American professional team sport.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins wrote.
"I'm glad I'm coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion has shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go. Everyone is terrified of the unknown, but most of us don't want to return to a time when minorities were openly discriminated against."
Collins has had a 12-year NBA career and most notably appeared in back-to-back Finals with the New Jersey Nets.
Collins' twin brother, Jarron, also played 10 seasons in the NBA. Collins and his brother played collegiately at Stanford.
Allen Crabbe has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Crabbe was joined on the All-Pac-12 First Team by Arizona State's Jahii Carson, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, Colroado's Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson, Arizona's Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Stanford's Dwight Powell and Oregon's E.J. Singler.
Roberson was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Carson and Muhammad were named co-Freshman of the Year.
Jabari Parker will announce his college decision on Dec. 20 at Chicago Simeon High School.
Parker will choose either Duke, Michigan State, Florida, BYU or Stanford.
“He mentioned that he wanted to do it that day,” Sonny Parker, Jabari’s father, confirmed to SNY.tv by phone after the news was first reported by Joe Henrickson of City/Suburban Hoop Report. “They play Monday, Wednesday and Friday so Thursday is a good day for him to make his announcement.”
Sonny said his son had visited every school officially except Stanford “but he visited them twice unofficially.”
Sonny also said he believes his son has made the decision but hasn't told anyone.
Duke and Michigan State are widely considered the favorites to sign Parker.
Parker is the No. 2 prospect in the class behind Andrew Wiggins.
Jabari Parker received recruiting advice from Derrick Rose.
Rose advised Parker, Illinois’ reigning Mr. Basketball, to consider comfort level when choosing a college.
“Usually when I talk to him it's brief,” Parker said of his conversations with Rose. “He gives me a little advice as far as college, choosing who's going to be there for you…someone who’s going to help you not only for basketball, but help you in school and give you dreams to strive for.”
When asked to identify factors that will influence his decision, Parker said: "Relationship with the coach, relationship with the team and the style of play. Also, how will [the team] be the following year as far as [whether] the coach is going to stay or not."
Parker is considering Michigan State, Stanford, BYU, Duke and Florida.
Schuyler Rimmer chose Stanford after visiting Vanderbilt, Southern Cal and Virginia.
"Every visit went well. What it really came down to was that I felt like at Stanford I'd be able to develop into the best possible player," Rimmer said.
Rimmer pointed to Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins’ experience with USA Basketball and the nine years of NBA playing experience assistant coach Mark Madsen had. Madsen is a former Stanford star who joined the staff this year.
"With the experience coach Dawkins has working with Team USA and their player development, and coach Madsen's pro experience. .... it's a great opportunity for me as a player,” Rimmer said.
Jabari Parker has reduced his list of college choices to BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.
Parker in July had revealed a list of 10 schools he was considering, which included DePaul, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Parker is the top recruit of the 2013 class.
"He thought about it and looked at the programs. That's the five he had," Simeon coach Robert Smith said Friday. "It took him a long time to find. Everyone was really good, but he had to make a decision. He really respected everyone recruiting him and wanted to thank them for their time. He knew he couldn't make everyone happy.
"He's just ready to go out and visit the campuses and get a real feel for the players and the campuses. Him, his family and myself will sit down and see what he comes up with. This is Jabari's decision. We're just making sure he's being guided. I tell him to follow his heart."
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