Offers Piling up for Parker

Mychal Parker

Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School wing Mychal Parker is regarded as one of the top wings in the country, and the talented prospect holds offers from several programs.

Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School wing Mychal Parker is regarded as one of the top wings in the country and the talented prospect holds offers from several programs.

"I have offers from Miami, Maryland, Virginia Tech, NC State, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia, Florida, and a few more," said Parker. "I'm also hearing from schools like Arkansas.

"I've been down to Miami to visit them... that's about the only visit I've taken so far. It was real good. I liked the atmosphere down there and their academics with it being a private school. I'm going to visit a lot more schools over the summer."

In his first year at The Miller School, Parker helped lead them to a state title. He's now suiting up for the Richmond Squires on the AAU circuit but played in the King James Shooting Stars Classic with OBC.

"I played real well up at LeBron," said Parker. "There were some good players up there... we played against [Jared] Sullinger and his team.

"I'm ready to get back to playing with the Squires. They played over the weekend in the Southern Invitational, but I couldn't play because I had some school work to do. I think our next event is the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. I'll definitely be playing in that one."

Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Parker believes that most schools are recruiting him to play the shooting guard position. Currently he's rated the No. 5 small forward in the country and the No. 32 player overall by Scout.com.

"The colleges like me at shooting guard," he stated. "I think my biggest strength is slashing and attacking the basket real hard. I'm working on my shot, and I need to work on my defense a little more. I'm just trying to improve my overall game."

Parker maintains that he is wide open, but did say two programs are recruiting him the hardest.

"I'm open to all schools," he said. "I would say Maryland and Miami are on me the hardest. I like the coaches at Maryland. Coach Williams is a legend.

"One thing I like about Miami is the academics. It's a private school and there's not that many people who go there. I feel like I could get a good education."

NC State was one of the recent schools to extend a scholarship offer. Parker has yet to visit the Wolfpack, but he hears about them all the time from one of his good friends.

"NC State, I really don't know too much about them right now," said Parker. "They've offered me a scholarship, and I'm going to learn more about them. That's one of the schools I definitely want to visit.

"I do know about Sidney Lowe. He was a great player, and he's a really good coach. Another thing with NC State is I've been playing with Ryan Harrow a lot, and he is one of my best friends. He's a true point guard and real smooth. I love his game. He's committed to NC State, and he talks to me about them any chance he can get."

Does Parker have a timeframe for making a decision?

"Not right now," he said. "I'm not sure when I will pick a school. For me, academics are going to be a big factor. That's big for my family. I'm also going to look at the prestige of the program."

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