"He's a really good kid," said Barton head coach Craig Fletchall. "I think the thing that (hurt his recruitment), at the end of the day, is that he's more of a combo type, and a lot of coaches were looking for pure points this year. New Hampshire had been showing some interest in the fall. St. Bonaventure was recruiting him, Santa Clara, and two or three other schools, but they all moved on to other players. pure point guards."
Parris helped Barton to a 23-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Jayhawk Conference's West Division. He was named second team all-conference for the West Division after averaging 11.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds.
"He really does play hard," said Fletchall. "He brings it every day. He comes to play; he's a competitor. Javon really brings a lot of toughness.
"He's very strong getting to the rim. He's very strong getting into the lane. He clearly shot more free throws than anyone else on our team."
Parris was recruited to the College of Charleston by Tom Herrion and spent two years in the program- including a redshirt year as a freshman- before landing at Barton. He appeared in 22 games as a redshirt freshman at Charleston in 2006-2007, averaging 0.9 points and 0.5 rebounds in 4.5 minutes.
Javon was a standout at Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y., as well as with New York Elite in AAU ball.
Fletchall emphatically vouched for Parris's strength of character, and the positive impact he is capable of having in a team's locker room.
"His character is phenomenal," said Fletchall. "He's low maintenance, a good student. He's very coachable. In terms of character, he's legit.
"He's going to be a leader in the locker room and get guys around him to play hard. He brings those intangibles."