One of the top hoops prospects in the state of South Carolina for 2016 is Wade Hampton combo guard Preston Parks. Capable of scoring in bunches Parks has already picked up his first scholarship offer and the 6'1 175 pound prospect recently got back from a second visit with a Conference USA school. He broke things down for us about his trip and more.
"My visit with East Carolina was great! I went to see the practice facility and watch them practice. Then from there we went to the tailgate and walked on the field before the football game. I got a chance to talk to the coaches afterwards too."
So what was the highlight of Parks' second visit to East Carolina?
"Probably just being on the field before the game with the coaches and players."
The 2016 prospect talked about how things have escalated quickly with the Pirates basketball staff.
"Well I went to their elite camp in August and they said they loved everything about me and that I was the best shooting guard at the camp. They came to see me at my high school practice about 2 weeks ago. During my visit they said they would keep in touch and would be down for a game or two this season."
Plenty of other schools are in the mix for Parks right now too. The 2016 standout already holds an offer from one of those programs.
"I'm also hearing from Furman, Wofford, Presbyterian, and UNC-Asheville. I already have an offer from Presbyterian. Right now East Carolina and Presbyterian are recruiting me the hardest I'd say."
Parks has taken a few other visits previously and he filled us in on exactly where and his thoughts on each program.
"I've visited UNC-Asheville and Wofford. I will be visiting Furman here soon."
Furman is a local school which has already secured the verbal commitment of his Wade Hampton teammate power forward Jalen Williams. Does the possibility of continuing to play with Williams on the collegiate level intrigue Parks?
"I'm excited for Jalen and his opportunity to play at Furman. But whatever college fits my playing style and what I like makes my decision. I like Furman's coaching staff. They are cool people. Very laid back."
"With Wofford I like their playing style and their facility. At UNC-Asheville I like their coaches and their players."
Moving forward heading into his junior season Parks says he'd love to hear from more schools but especially those in the ACC and SEC conferences.
He says that his shooting and ball handling are his biggest strengths right now and that he's working on all facets of his game to improve but especially his defense. The 2016 prospect also says that his decision making has improved and is another strength of his game right now.
Looking ahead to his junior season Parks talked about what his goals are pairing up with Jalen Williams to form a deadly inside-outside combo for the Generals.
"First I'd like to help lead my team to a state championship. I'd like to also get better at all aspects of the game and do my very best to keep my GPA between 3.8 and higher."
Last season as as sophomore Parks averaged 18 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.
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