Parker Decides The Time Is Now

Matt Parker, Statesville Christian's 6-foot-8 power forward, is headed to the Colonial Athletic Association. Parker made his commitment Monday night.

Dean Keener is finally putting his players in place as the rebuilding project at James Madison continues. On Monday evening Keener went into North Carolina for his latest addition.

Matt Parker, a 6-foot-8 power forward with face-up skills, selected the Dukes over Winthrop.

"After the official visit I was ready to commit," Parker said. "My mom wanted me to look at another school because I hadn't seen anyone else. I like Winthrop but I had to go with my gut."

The native of N.C., averaged 14 points a game for Statesville Christian as a junior. "I think I'll play (early)," Parker said. "I've played with their guys but I think my freshman year I can come in and get some playing time. I should be contributing right away in the post."

Parker was impressed as he felt all along that he was JMU's No. 1 target at his position.

"Coach Keener said that he was going to give me time to make a decision but they had another guy that wanted to come. We were the same type players but said that I was their No. 1 guy. Then, I told them that was the best place for me. That's where I wanted to go."


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