On Thursday, Nashville had another one of their own sign on to play sports at the collegiate level. This time, it was Carson Parker who signed on to continue his basketball career at McKendree University. Nashville Head Coach Wayne Harre believes Parker’s best attribute at the next level will be his versatility.
“He can play inside and outside, he can play the point a little bit, I think he’s going to be a hard matchup for people at that level. He can play a lot of different positions with his length. He’s really improved his shooting and his strength this year. His best basketball is going to be in front of him,” Harre said.
Parker dressed on the varsity team all four years, but the bulk of his playing time began his sophomore year.
“I’ve been very fortunate I’ve got to coach him here for three years, and they’ve won a lot of games with him here, and he’s got a runner-up in his repertoire. He just brings a lot to the table. He plays the game the right way. Young kids and the community see him out there playing the right way, and that’s what it’s all about,” Harre said.
McKendree was first on the list of visits for Parker, and comfortability became a factor in his decision.
“It was a good place for me, and I know a lot of teammates there, so it was a good fit for me. They have a good academic program there too, so it’s overall just a good school,” Parker said.
Parker feels his best weapon he is bringing to the Bearcats is his passing ability, and his ability to beat his man off the ball to go along with his pull up jumper. Parker noted he would like to improve on his three- point shooting.
“I’m just looking forward to the experience. It’s a journey, great friendships, great atmosphere, overall just being in college,” Parker said.
Carson and the Hornets kick off their season this week in the Mascoutah Tip-Off Classic Monday at 6:00 p.m. against Columbia.