Maryland-bound Parker Follows in Father's Footsteps
Mychal Parker, a 6’6+ Wing out of Washington, NC headlining Maryland's talented college basketball recruiting class, made the trek up to NYC to continue the legend his father blazed in the Big Apple some 35 years ago. The elder Parker told ScoutsFocus that he was a legend on three coasts; Ohio, North Carolina, and New York City.
Mike Parker Tip Dunk at iS8
Stay posted for Mychal’s full highlight tape from iS8.
This was Mike’s first opportunity to play in New York City and he lamented it to be a great experience. The reason for the trip was to play in the iS8 league in Jamaica Queens, NY featuring top college bound seniors up and down the East Coast. Mike lamented to ScoutsFocus, “First of all playing in the is8 league was pretty sweet, It was challenging getting around a bunch of talented ball players but it also proved to be a lot of fun."
This was Parker’s first time playing with the Sean Bell All Star squad and he led the team to two victories in the first couple rounds of the playoffs. The senior laden squad featured; Jelan Kendrick (Memphis), Eric Ferguson (GA Southern), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), Byron Allen (George Mason), Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount) along with Parker.
Parker was asked to fill all types’ roles during the week. He spent nearly a third of each game running the point while proving to be an effective distributor with his very good ball handling skills for a 6’6+ wing. Parker also displayed his three point acumen knocking down several trey balls throughout the weekend and did an excellent job attacking the rim off the bounce while finishing in traffic or finding the open man. The above video also shows a glimpse into Mike's timing on the offensive glass where he scores a nice portion of his points. ScoutsFocus did not see a wing with Mike's offensive rebound and put back ability all last year in AAU and High School basketball. Parker’s weakness is; at times, he can be too much of a team player and does not look for his shot when he should. Not a bad problem to have, Parker expects the Head Man at Maryland to get his full potential out of him. Parker informed ScoutsFocus, “I feel like Coach Williams will get all the potential out of me. He’s a perfectionist and doesn’t settle for less. I’m really excited to play for him next year as I know he will bring my full potential out.”
Parker was scheduled this weekend to attend the IS8 semifinals on Saturday and finals on Sunday but had travel difficulties leaving his home town of North Carolina. Parker also asked that all Maryland fans please pray for his family as their under the burden of a tragic family medical emergency with his step mother who has just suffered a bad stroke a week ago.
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