Parmer Leaves Providence

Some players leave to the cheers of the fans and the adoration of the program worshippers. Other players aren't as lucky. Other players quietly depart with nothing more than a one paragraph press release.

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 5th, Providence College issued a press release that read, simply:

"JEFF PARMER LEAVES PROVIDENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR PERSONAL REASONS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was announced today that Providence College freshman forward Jeff Parmer (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) has left the men's basketball team for personal reasons. Parmer played in 21 games in 2004-05 and averaged 2.0 points per game and 1.7 rebounds."

Jeff Parmer had enjoyed a stellar high school career at Niagara Falls High in Niagara Falls, New York. During his senior season Parmer had averaged 15.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game for one of the top teams in the state of New York.

Niagara Falls High swept through the season and advanced deep into the state championship playoffs with Parmer leading the way. In fact, Niagara Falls High established itself as a perennial power during all of Parmer's years there.

Parmer enjoyed quite a bit of success himself. He earned First Team All-Western New York accolades as a junior and senior and was named First Team All-League as a sophomore, junior and szenior. Twice he pulled down 21 rebounds in a game, and he took part in the ABCD Adidas Camp after both his sophomore and junior seasons.

A cousin of Tracy McGrady, Parmer was considered a high major prospect and a number of big-time schools had started to look at him by the time he verballed to Providence College in the summer of 2002.

Upon arriving at Providence in September of 2003, early glimpses of the 6-7, 230 pound forward revealed that he seemed to be a little out of shape and maybe a little overwhelmed by the talent on hand, and Parmer redshirted during the 2003-04 season.

As a redshirt freshman in 2004-05, Parmer saw little action early in the season. Over the first twenty games of the season, Parmer played in only six of them, with a high of seven minutes against Maine, and 6 points in five minutes against Pittsburgh on January 31st. At that point, he had played a grand total of 25 minutes and scored 8 points in those six games.

Entering February, however, the Friars were shorthanded with the injury to Dwight Brewington and the loss of Gerald Brown. And Parmer began to play. He saw 18 minutes of action versus Virginia, and 31 minutes against West Virginia, with a season high 34 minutes against Connecticut. Not only was Parmer playing; he was starting, picking up 9 starts in the final eleven games.

Parmer had career highs of 8 points against West Virginia and 7 rebounds, including 5 offensive, against Connecticut. He took what could have been a game-winning three pointer against the Mountaineers, but missed. For the season, Parmer scored 43 points for a 2.0 average and grabbed 35 rebounds for a 1.7 average, in 222 minutes over 21 games. His weakness was his shooting; he shot only 26% from the floor and just 24% from behind the three point line.

Now, a month and a half after the season came to a close, Parmer is gone. His future plans are unknown; his personal problems unclear. Friar fans would do well to remember the effort that he gave, and wish him well.

For now the PC coaching staff has another available scholarship, giving them two in hand. One or both could be used for the 2005 class, either on a high school senior or a transfer, or one or both could be held for the 2006 class, which already has a member in Corey Lowe. The situation should become clearer over the next month or so.

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