Point guard Benny Parker might only be 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, but the Kansas City product can play. It's why new Nebraska head coach Tim Miles wanted the senior to stick with his plans to head to Lincoln this summer.
Miles headed to Kansas City earlier this week to meet with Parker face-to-face, and told the guard he's a big fan.
"It was nice," said Parker, who drew Miles interest when he was a freshman and sophomore at Kansas City Sumner. "It makes me feel like he's really interested in me and that I could really play right away. They were watching me my freshman and sophomore year, but he told me when we talked that he stopped recruiting me because he thought I would go to a bigger school. He said that he was pretty excited when he took the job and knew that I was coming to play."
Parker says the last few weeks leading up to the hire had been a difficult one.
"I had a lot of doubts, especially because they didn't hire someone right away. Everyone around me wanted to know what I was going to do, and I didn't even know," said Parker. "So it was sort of stressful. We were just waiting to see who they would hire and we were nervous.
"I'm very excited after sitting down with Coach Miles and hearing his plan. I'm excited to get to it and head to Lincoln."
Parker who held offers from Murray State, Arkansas Little-Rock, Indiana State, Creighton, and Buffalo before committing to Nebraska, averaged a reported 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals a game this season (Lincoln Journal Star).
"I really had to lead my team, we only had two starters form last year, so we had some adversity throughout the season. But we had a pretty good season," said Parker. "It was a different situation and I grew from it."