In this special edition of a player blog, class of 2013 shooting guard Juwan Parker reveals when he’ll announce his college decision and his plans to commit on National Recruiting Spotlight. He discusses the final three schools in contention for his services and what he’s been up to this summer. Be sure to join over 1,000 other people and follow Juwan on Twitter!
What’s going on y’all? I’m Juwan Parker, from TOK! If you don’t know what that is, it stands for my hometown, my city, Tulsa, Oklahoma! I’m here to announce my commitment date and tell you guys a little bit about me.
To start things off, I will be committing to play college basketball on August 19th. Why the 19th you ask? Simple, it’s the day before I start my last year of high school. To me it’s the best day because I can be closing the door on the recruiting process, and open up the door of my senior year and beyond! I’m down to a final three, between the University of Memphis, the University of Georgia, and Stanford. All three are great institutions anyone would be proud to be apart of; I’m EXTREMELY blessed to even be in this position.
I’d definitely like to thank these schools for showing me so much love, and the other 20+ schools that offered me a scholarship, and the countless coaches that have come to check me out, called, left a voice mail, or sent a letter. THANK YOU. The recruiting process has been awesome, I’ve been all over the country visiting schools unofficially and it’s really an eye opener as to how great each part of the country is. Again, another thanks to all the institutions that hosted me while I was on campus.
Now back to my final three. All these schools are great choices to continue an academic/athletic career and the things I like about all of them are very similar. First off is the close-knit atmosphere. All three schools make you feel at home, and with all of them being at least a 400 mile drive away from home, that was the most important thing to me. I feel that if you’re comfortable in your environment, you have no choice but to play your best! I want a school that makes everything feel new, yet comfortable. The second most important factor to me was how close I was with the coaching staff. Georgia and Memphis got on me super early after my freshman year. Stanford got a little bit of a late start because of their strenuous academic policy, but they’ve came on just as strong as the other two.
With the new contact rules I talk to each school about 2-4 times a week, and I’ve developed a bond with all three coaching staffs. Also, all three are great academic institutions, and you know you’re always a STUDENT-athlete. Those are really my three deciding factors, if all this was taken care of I’d put in the hard work on the court and take care of that.
Now, it’s time for a little bit about me. I’m a 6’4″ 185-190 lb SG born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 918! I attend Booker T. Washington High School, THE HOME OF THE CHAMPIONS, aka the best school in America. Going into my senior year, I’m a three-year starter and a two-time state champion! I was also the first ever sophomore to win All-State player of the year in Oklahoma and averaged a double-double my sophomore and junior year.
I have an amazing family. My mom and dad are both Ole Miss alumni and my dad played basketball while at Ole Miss. I have an older brother and sister, both graduated from Tulsa University and my brother also played basketball overseas for six years after graduation.
The last year and a half I’ve played AAU ball for the Jackson Tigers out of Jackson, Mississippi and we participated in the [Nike] EYBL this year. I’ve actually played in the EYBL ever since its first year, and it’s been an awesome experience. Every year it gets bigger and better! You get to travel all over the country and compete against the best players in the county!
I’ll never forget playing against Bradley Beal, or watching Johnny O’Bryant and many other guys like Austin Rivers. It opens up many opportunities for ball players such as myself, playing in front of tons of college coaches! It’s amazing to be watched by coaches with the pedigree of a Coach K, or Roy Williams, or Bill Self. Unfortunately, this year I re-injured my big toe at the Oakland session of EYBL, and now I can’t participate the rest of the summer.
I had to have surgery for turf toe, but you gotta see the blessing in everything. This gave me a chance to rest the rest of my body, and at this point I’m feeling better than ever! This also gave me a chance to get ahead of the curve and take some college courses. So this summer I began taking pre-calculus for college credit. I’ll also be taking college courses during the school year, along with finishing up high school. Between this and my credits from my high school AP courses, I’ll be pretty far along in school by the time I step foot on any college campus since I have about 30 college credits already completed. Academics are stressed in my house and I’m currently carrying a 4.2 GPA. With a dad that’s a law professor and a mom that’s a high school counselor, bad grades are a no-no!
Well that’s enough about me this time! Check out my player blog again on August 19th here on National Recruiting Spotlight where I’ll be announcing my college destination!
We’d like to thank Juwan for giving us an inside look at his approaching commitment and writing this special edition player blog. If you’re interested in more Juwan Parker content, click here to view previous articles on him. You can also take a look at other player blogs by clicking here.
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