Jabari Parker privately sought the counsel of Grant Hill while rehabbing from a fractured bone in his right ankle.

“I talked to Grant and he just told me not to rush the process with my injury,” said Parker, who last month committed to Hill’s alma mater, Duke.  “He had the same problems with his feet so he knows what that’s like.”

Parker has shown recent improvement, averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

Parker was given the tournament’s A.C. Williams Award, becoming the first player to win the award three times.

“I don’t have the young legs anymore,” quipped Parker. “I’m old. I’m a vet right now.”