Kansas City point guard Benny Parker didn't need much time to think about his visit to Nebraska. The class of 2012 product had in-home visit from the coaching staff on Wednesday, took his official visit on Saturday, and committed late Tuesday night.
"I was really impressed with the facilities, they are really coming along," said Parker to Big Red Report on Tuesday night. "Over the years, I have really gotten pretty close to Coach Flanigan and even some of the other coaches on the staff. When I went up there, I just really bonded with some of the players. I felt that it was a school that I could see myself playing for. I felt that I fit in there and that they wanted me around."
Parker, who is listed at 6-foot - averaged 20 points and six assists a game in 2010-11. He played AAU this summer with the KC 76ers. The squad, featuring up and down D-1 talent, finished the summer ranked 15th in the country according to FiveStarBasketball.com – after winning three of four tournaments in July.
"Nebraska has been recruiting me since my 9th grade year, I just really feel the closest to them out of all the schools," said Parker who held offers from Murray State, Arkansas Little-Rock, Indiana State, Creighton, and Buffalo. "Getting my recruitment out of the way is great. It's going to give me more time to focus on my individual game and not what school I'm heading to. It was the biggest reason why I made the decision now when I did. I wanted to focus on my season."
Parker says he plans to visit Nebraska again in the future, but Coach Sadler would like to see it happen after the facilities are done. He will be not taking any more official visits.
Parker is the fourth commitment in the 2012 class, with one more scholarship spot open.