Evaluation: Parker is a big man with a great combination of size and skill. He does an excellent job of carving out space in the paint and is a volume rebounder who impacts the game on both ends of the court. He displays a variety of scoring moves in the low post and has terrific hands. Parker also has good touch which allows him to step out to the mid-range game and knock down 15-foot jumpers. He is a good finisher around the bucket but the biggest knock on him is his conditioning and how well he [doesn’t] run the floor. Parker is the type of guy who will be an impact player as soon as he steps on campus and he should be able to contribute immediately at UCLA for head coach Ben Howland. However, given the fact that the Bruins also have the Wear twins as well as Josh Smith, it should be interesting to see how playing time is allocated between those four big men.
Notes: Committed to UCLA April 23, 2012
Awards: 2012 McDonald’s All-American, 2012 Jordan Brand Classic participant, 2012 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, 2012 Nike Hoop Summit participant