Profile: New Rochelle Native Terrence Parkes

Reporter Russ Blake profiles New Rochelle's Terrence Parkes, who is currently competing for Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts ...

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Terrence Parkes may be accustomed to flying under the radar, but the stocky 6-4, 225 pound forward from New Rochelle, N.Y., has played a vital role this winter for an undefeated Notre Dame Prep squad.

Last year, he was a key cog at New Rochelle H.S., and while he may have been overshadowed by teammates like Geoff McDermott (Providence) and Ray Rice (Rutgers football), he did a lot of the little things that meant difference between wins and losses.

His role is much the same this year at Notre Dame, where swingmen Paul Harris (Syracuse) and Lazar Hayward (Marquette) grab much of the scoring headlines.

So steady and dependable is Parks that Notre Dame Head Coach Bill Barton has inserted him into many of his most recent starting lineups.

"I've seen a lot of kids in the America East [Conference] that aren't as good as Terrence Parkes," gushed Barton. "We play him inside -- he rebounds, he takes charges, he hustles -- he does a lot of things."

Parkes canned a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points on Sunday as the Crusaders upended Blair Academy, 74-60, to improve to 17-0 this season.

Thus far, Barton said that Division II programs such as Pace and American International have shown the most interest in Parks. He's had some Division I nibbles, with High Point College (who signed his Notre Dame teammate Randall Simon early) in North Carolina expressing interest.

Whether he winds up at a Division I or Division II program next year, someone will be landing the services of a smart, hard-nosed basketball player who does what it takes to win games.

"He could be an all-league guy in the Northeast 10," Barton said.

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