Parker holds three early offers

No one in North Carolina jumps more impressively than Parker, a big-time leaper whose highlight reels already draw eyeballs coast to coast.

Basketball life has been pretty good to Kwe Parker so far. The 6-2 sophomore guard is an athletic dynamo, the kind of player who wins admiration from his peers and onlookers almost every time he hits the floor.

His ability to sky and throw down lobs and tip-slams has made him something of a local celebrity, and his high school team — Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, which also includes Junior Smith and Alonzo Tyson, among others — is a powerhouse that's likely to travel to numerous stacked events over the next two years.

Parker's recruitment is more modest than that of Smith and other regional sophomores such Harry Giles and Seventh Woods, but he also holds a few early scholarship offers of his own.

"Well, the old staff at Virginia Tech (offered)," and Clemson, Charlotte and Western Carolina have offered," Parker said at this weekend's N.C. Top 80 event. "Georgia Tech is interested in me, too."

With ACC offers already in tow and potentially more in coming, Parker still has work to do. For one thing, he'll either be considered a small wing or else have to convince coaches that he can play point. To that end, he's making a concerted effort.

"I'm trying to play more point guard and develop there," Parker said. "I'm going to be playing more point guard this summer (with the Carolina Diamonds)."

He acknowledged that developing his point guard skills at Trinity Christian can be difficult, given the presence of Smith on the roster. That's why he'll make a determined drive over the next several months traveling with the Diamonds to events in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

He holds offers as a wing already and will attract significantly more if he can at least become a combo. While he makes that transition, we'll enjoy his spectacular plays along with everyone else.


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