UC Men's Basketball Adds Jaquon Parker to Incoming Class of 2009|
June 2, 2009
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team signed Jaquon Parker (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2009-10 season, head coach Mick Cronin announced today (June 2). Parker joins fellow classmate-to-be Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]), a guard/forward, who signed with UC in November.
"Jaquon is a huge get for us this spring," said Cronin. "He is a fierce competitor and a big-time winner. Associate head coach Larry Davis did an unbelievable job recruiting him.
"Bearcats basketball fans are really going to love watching this young man play. I love his ability to attack the basket off the dribble, which is something we need to do a better job of as a team. Jaquon also has the mindset of a defensive stopper, which we all know is invaluable to a team."
Parker, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard, was the 2009 Virginia High School Coaches Association Group AAA Player of the Year and Virginia Associated Press Player of the Year for Kings Fork High School, leading the Bulldogs to a state championship with a record of 31-1 overall and 18-0 in the Southeastern District.
A dual-threat guard, Parker averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game his senior season and completed his high school career with 1,542 points. He owns eight school records, including single-season marks for total points (581), rebounds (242), and free throws made (153) and attempted (253). He also owns the school game records for defensive rebounds (11), assists (10), and steals (10).
The addition of Parker gives the Bearcats added depth at the guard position, where he joins all-BIG EAST selection Deonta Vaughn, freshman Cashmere Wright, who missed last season with a knee injury, Larry Davis, Dion Dixon, and Thomas More transfer Eddie Tyree.
"Jaquon played point guard in high school, but his size and toughness allow him to play the wing position as well, Cronin added. "He is a warrior who will not back down to anyone; he is going to be a great addition to our program."