Small Forward Parker Commits

Men's Basketball

August 21, 2009|By Matt Bracken | Matt Bracken,mbracken@baltimoresun.com

The Maryland men's basketball program has received a major boost to its 2010 recruiting class.

Mychal Parker, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from the Miller School in Charlottesville, Va., committed to the Terps late Wednesday night. He joins Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin and Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross as part of the Terps' 2010 recruiting class. All three players are ranked among the top 150 prospects in the country by Rivals.com.

Parker, the No. 53 player in the nation according to Rivals.com, chose the Terps over offers from Virginia, Clemson, Miami and several others.

"I think it's a great catch for Maryland," said Tony Squire, Parker's former AAU coach with the Squires Boys Basketball Foundation in Richmond, Va. "I don't think Mike has reached that plateau like so many guys do at that age. He still has a ways to go, and it's nothing but upside in his game. I think he should come in and be able to help Maryland right away as a true freshman."

Parker is from rural Washington, N.C., a town of about 10,000. He transferred to the Miller School last year to increase his basketball exposure. As a junior, Parker led the Mavericks to the Virginia Independent Schools Division 2 championship.

"He's a very skilled offensive player," Miller assistant coach Tommy Landseadel said. "He shoots the 3 pretty well. He has high-level athleticism. He's obviously a high riser; he can finish above the rim. He worked hard on his mid-range game this summer. ... He's continuing to work on his footwork, but he's a dynamic player that can do a lot of things."

Landseadel credited Maryland assistant coach Chuck Driesell with leading the Terps' pursuit of Parker. Driesell attended several Mavericks games and practices last year, according to Landseadel. "Maryland has always been in [Parker's] top three, but they had never really gotten up to the top until the beginning of this summer," Landseadel said.

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