JaQuon Parker Joining Bearcats Staff|
Dec. 12, 2013
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati guard JaQuon Parker is returning to the Bearcats basketball program as an undergraduate student assistant coach beginning next week, UC head coach Mick Cronin announced on Thursday.
Parker, who played for the Bearcats from 2010-13, signed with a professional basketball team in Finland in June and later played briefly in the NBA Developmental League.
"JaQuon realized that finishing a couple of classes and getting his degree was the most important thing for his future and that basketball will still be out there for him," Cronin said. "We are excited to have him back in our program. I think he can really help the current players on our team in his new role."
Parker averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds during his four-year career with the Bearcats. As a senior, he averaged a career-best 10.9 points and shot 40.0 percent (40 of 100) from three-point range. He helped lead the Bearcats to 93 wins, three 20-win seasons, three NCAA tournament appearances (including the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16) and a BIG EAST Championship runner-up finish during his career.
"I'm really excited to be back with the Bearcats family while I complete my degree," Parker said. "I'm hoping to help the team and Coach Cronin in any way that I can."