Las Vegas: Parker getting close

LAS VEGAS — He isn't ready to commit to a date, but pretty soon Kwe Parker likely will announce a winner in his recruitment. The North Carolina native and athletic combo guard has cut his list to four schools and may end the process in a matter of days.

The Karolina Diamonds feature several major conference guards, two of them committed to ACC schools: Brandon Childress (Wake Forest) and Ty Graves (Boston College).

Pretty soon, the program will be able to claim a third major commitment. Kwe Parker has cut his list to four programs — Rutgers, Wake Forest, Florida and Florida State — and appears on the verge of closing the show.

"I don't know exactly when I'll announce, but probably this month," Parker said.

Parker is playing here at less than full strength. He broke his foot toward the end of the high school season and is just beginning to regain his full range of motion and confidence following a fairly major injury.

"I'm feeling okay, probably about 80 percent right now," Parker said. "Everything is going well, just was out for five months."

At this best, Parker is an athletic dynamo who can spend time at either backcourt position and defend either guard spot as well. He first arose to prominence on the basis of highlight leaping ability, but over the years he has worked hard to develop more dimensions and has improved his jump shot significantly.

Although the Diamonds have been up and down in Vegas this week, suffering from not having a true big man, Parker has knocked in some threes and medium-range pullup jumpers as well.

Many believe that the Scarlet Knights may lead, and Parker — while not claiming any leader himself — certainly is close to Eddie Jordan's program.

"I'm real cool with the coaching staff, I have a good relationship with Rutgers," Parker said. "They started recruiting me last year after this tournament and have been following me ever since."

He's familiar with several of the program's current players as well, including fellow N.C. native Bishop Daniels.

That said, he added that he's also close to the Demon Deacons' staff and that he admires how Florida and Florida State play.

Likely sooner than later, we'll know where he'll spend the next four years in his development.

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