CHANDLER PARSONS, F, 6'9, 190, WINTER PARK (LAKE HOWELL HS), FLORIDA:
Chandler Parsons came out of the recent Peach Jam regarded as one of the best forwards in the country. His skill, talent and determination drew attention from coaches from coast-to-coast.
Parsons broke into the starting line-up at Lake Howell is sophomore year averaging 10 points and eight rebounds a game. That ballooned to 20 and 10 his junior season, and has carried on through AAU ball this summer putting in 26.4 points per game in the Peach Jam to earn scoring honors for the tournament.
"I work out really hard by myself in the weight room and the gym," said Parsons, who is averaging 20 points per game on the summer AAU circuit. "I have great teammates and we push each other and they make me better. I have improved a lot just getting to the basket. I used to stop and shoot a jump shot all the time, but now I can get to the basket and finish, which is something I couldn't do before."
Parsons is still growing at 6-foot-9, but plays an outside game and on the perimeter is where he sees himself in college.
"I am definitely going to play the wing in college," said Parsons. "I am going to be a two or three in college because the best thing about my game is my shooting ability. I can shoot the 3 very well. I have range 25 to 30 feet. Shooting 3's are the best part of my game right now and I know wherever I sign they are going to take advantage of that."
Parsons, who can vertical jump 25 inches, has now been offered by close to 30 schools.
"I have been hearing from a lot of different schools since NIKE camp and the Peach Jam," said Parsons. "I have been offered by Marquette, LSU, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida and Boston College recently. Miami has always been there along with Arizona State, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. I have a very good relationship with Coach (Jeff) Capel."
Oklahoma was one team that watched Parsons every game at the NIKE camp and Peach Jam, and that attention has developed a better relationship between the two camps.
"I definitely plan on taking an official visit to OU if I have not committed to anybody by then," said Parsons. "I think coach Capel is a great guy and I would love to play for him. I am not leaning anywhere right now, but I have taken unofficial visits to Arizona State and Miami, so I know a little more about them right now.
"I am going to really work hard to narrow down my choices so I can concentrate on those schools and learn about them. Oklahoma will be one of the schools that I take a hard look at."
So just what is Parsons looking for in a program?
"I want to go to a school where I fit in there," said Parsons. "I want to go where they play up-tempo and shoot 3-point shots. I want to go to a school where I can play early and where they are always contending for a National Championship."
Parsons has qualified.
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