It has been a long offseason in waiting, but the University of Cincinnati Men's basketball team signed JaQuon Parker yesterday. Parker is a strong, physical 6'4 and 200 pound point guard from the state of Virginia. He was Mr. Basketball in the state of Virginia last season and led his team Kings Fork High School to a 31-1 record and state championship. Originally a member of the 2010 recruiting class, Parker will take two summer classes and will be eligible to play for the Bearcats in the fall. Parker is listed as a physically gifted point guard and was ranked #24 in his class. He committed to Old Dominion early on in high school but retracted his committment after big name programs began calling.
This signing is a big one for the Bearcats. UC was in major need of a back up point guard and was able to sign a very good one. Parker was being recruited heavily by several major college basketball programs, including numerous members of the Big East. His addition will allow a smoother transition for Redshirt Freshman Cashmere Wright and will also allow Senior Deonta Vaughn to play his more natural shooting guard position.
The University of Cincinnati still has one remaining scholarship for next season. It is possible that the scholarship will be held for 2010, but reports are beginning to surface that a potential big man may be added.
A video of the new bearcat can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9puZhdVlPgo