HOOPS: Offers Pour In For Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons thought he had a great Nike All-American camp in Indianapolis but when he got back home in Casselberry, he discovered pretty quickly just how well he had played. The phone was ringing off the hook Monday with four solid offers and one expected later Monday evening.

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"Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU and Rutgers called me today with offers," said Parsons, a 6-9, 190-pounder from Lake Howell High School that is capable of playing the shooting guard, small forward or the power forward in a pinch. "I was told that I would get a call from the head coach at Indiana and he would offer me later tonight."

Prior to this summer when he's been a standout for Nike Team Florida and a player that has made marked improvement at several top camps, Parsons was known as a spot-up shooter with exceptional three-ball range and a pretty good finisher on the fast break. What he's shown in the camps and on the AAU circuit is that his entire game has taken quantum leaps forward.

At the Billy Donovan camp a couple of weeks ago on the University of Florida campus, Parsons played the point for Lake Howell in the absence of teammates Nick Calathes (NBA Players Association Development Camp) and Joey Rodriguez (UMass camp). At the Nike camp, he had a chance to show off the ball handling skills and that he's improved markedly as a defender on the perimeter.

"I've worked long and hard this summer," said Parsons, who was listing Arizona State and Miami as co-favorites prior to the week at the Nike camp. "I think that coaches are seeing that I'm versatile enough to play the two or the three and that I could grow enough to play the four. Coach (John) Brady of LSU told me that Tyrus Thomas came to LSU at 190 pounds and he grew and developed into a four.

"I think I could play all three positions in college. I think they've been impressed that I've learned to take people off the dribble, too."

What he's done recently has escalated his recruiting stock to a much higher level than he ever anticipated.

"Five offers in one day is kind of overwhelming," he said. "In some ways it's kind of confusing because I have to think about a lot more schools now."

Prior to the Monday deluge, he had offers from South Florida, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee in addition to the Arizona State and Miami offers.

He's still holding out a glimmer of hope for the one offer that could put an end to the entire recruiting process.

"I'd still love to get an offer from Florida," he said. "I've always wanted to play college basketball with Nick (Calathes, Florida commitment). But, it's nice to know that there are a lot of schools that are offering me a free education and a chance to play basketball. It's pretty exciting right now."

This week Parsons will be in Augusta, Georgia for the Nike Peach Jam and that's a chance to really show what he can do since he'll be playing with Nike Team Florida. Playing with teammates with whom he's familiar could bring out the best in his game and that could lead to even more scholarship offers.

"It's really an exciting time for me," he said. "I can't wait for the Peach Jam. I think our team has a chance to do really well. It should be a great week."

Parsons is rated four stars by Scout.com. He is rated the number 18 small forward in the country by Scout.com and the nation's number 86 player overall.

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