Class of 2016 four-star point guard Kwe Parker, out of North Carolina’s Wesleyan Christian Academy, has committed to Rutgers University. Parker announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.
This is big news for Rutgers and head coach Eddie Jordan, who has gone just 22-43 in two seasons in New Brunswick and is looking to bring the Scarlet Knights back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. Parker, a native of Wade, North Carolina, near Fayetteville, had also been weighing offers from Florida State, Wake Forest and Florida. Parker had also drawn interest from Clemson, Boston College and Virginia Tech.
Instead, it seems that he will head north to a team that plays in the always tough and competitive Big Ten Conference, looking to prove that he can make an impact against powerhouse programs like Ohio State, Michigan State and others. Rutgers has certainly seen better days and though Parker won’t suit up for another year, the news of his commitment should give fans, players and coaches a small bit of hope.
Parker is a bit small at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but plays well in transition and never hesitates to attack the rim. So long as he fills out a bit, improves his ball handling and becomes more of a true point man over the next year, he could very well help Rutgers take a long-overdue step forward.
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