Height/Weight: 5-foot-9 / 175-pounds
High school: Sumner Academy (KS)
2014-15 review: Appearing in 31 contests, Parker started 25 times, averaging 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. As a junior, Parker was named the team’s defensive MVP for the second straight season.
His best game of the season might have come against Cincinnati, when he logged 44 minutes and made the go-ahead basket in the second overtime with 1:44 left.
2015-16 preview: A senior, Parker has taken a leadership role on the roster, especially with young freshman guards Glynn Watson and Bakari Evelyn.
“They don’t know what to expect or what it’s like in Big Ten play,” said Parker. “It’s something you have to embrace. They come with us (Shavon Shields) with questions and we try to answer them the best we can.”
A lockdown defender, Parker has never been a big time scorer. The senior worked on his offensive game this offseason in hopes to become more of a threat on both sides of the floor.
“I have been in the gym everyday putting up shots,” said Parker, who is also working on being better in the screen and roll.
How he ended up in Lincoln: A Doc Sadler recruit, Parker was a four-year starter for Dan Parra at Sumner Academy. During his time, the Kansas City area academy went 85-15 and won two Class 4A state titles. Parker 1,468 points, 375 assists and 355 steals during his high school career, finishing third in school history in points scored. He was a first-team all-state honoree by the Topeka Capital Journal as a senior. He had offers from DePaul, Murray State, Kansas State and Buffalo.
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