Versatile point guard De'End Parker from the College City of San Francisco just verbally committed to play basketball for the California Golden Bears, per Cal director of basketball operations John Montgomery's tweet.
Just got great news!!! Welcome aboard De'end Parker!
Ryan Gorcey of Rivals has a commitment story here. Jim McGill of Bear Insider has a further profile on Parker after his visit this weekend.
Parker is a local kid, playing his high school ball in San Francisco at Lincoln High School and leading them to the city championship. He has averaged 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in leading CCSF to a 27-1 record, earning league MVP honors on the way. What can we say, kid just likes to win.
At 6'5, 215lbs, Parker can play the 1, 2, and 3. He has the quickness and length to be a great wing defender, and is known for his motor, leadership, and intangibles. He has three years to play two, but figures to be a rotation player sooner rather than later. He will give Cal much needed depth at the wing position and help out Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe, Emerson Murray, and Alex Rossi next year, and will hopefully soften the transition from the Jorge era after 2012. He can also play point guard and hopefully spell what should be a steady rotation of Brandon Smith and Justin Cobbs.
He already shows excellent decision-making skills: he picked Cal over UCLA and Arizona. Congratulations and welcome, Mr. Parker. We're glad to have you. Go Bears!
After the jump, some video of Parker.Parker is #21 in these two videos of him at CCSF.
Here's Parker's high school tape: