City of Palms: Chandler Emerges As Prospect

Chandler Parsons was able to get plenty accomplished at the City of Palms. Because of his deft shooting touch and the grit his team showed in Fort Myers, he's on the national radar.

A tournament like the City of Palms Classic that has a national feel, can be an extremely useful event for a player like Chandler Parsons. The 6-foot-7 ½ combo forward out of Lake Howell in Florida, hit the jackpot when he dropped 28 points on Episcopal Academy.

In his four games at the event, Parsons averaged 18 points and shot 10-for-20 from downtown. Not too shabby.

The slender forward is a player you have to watch closely. At this stage, he's too light to be a power forward and his comfort zone is on the perimeter. A potential 3-man in the making, Parsons understands that there's work to be done in order to max out his talents.

"I'm going to have to get thicker," Parsons told "I'll have to get bigger and faster and be a better ball handler so I can go off the dribble."

You can tell the kids who really work on their game and Parsons has the makings of a gym rat that does a lot of individual work. "Me and Nick (Calathes) spend a lot of time working together; I'm trying to get better everyday."

He's getting better alright and schools are noticing. Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Central Florida and South Florida are interested. He's interested in the Gators, especially since his boy Calathes is already enlisted. "I have a big interest in the Gators because I'd love to play with Nick."

At one time, there was a chance Florida State would be his destination. After some confusion, it appeared that he had committed to the Seminoles and then almost as fast as he committed, he was open again.

"I guess there was a misunderstanding with the scholarship," Parsons said. "I just went ahead and cleared it up. I'm on the market and keeping my options open."

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