Parker an All-Star player

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Curtis Parker will get an extra chance to impress some college scouts.

The 6-7, 220 forward from Charles Henderson High School will participate in the Alabama High School All-Star Sports Week July 17 in the North-South basketball game, Tipoff is scheduled to 8 p.m. in the Auburn-Montgomery Arena.

"I want to impress some scouts," Parker said. "I want them to see me play."

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Parker has already received some letters on interest from some Division I basketball programs. The Chattanooga Mocs have contacted him, as have the South Alabama Jaguars. He has also been contacted by Faulkner University in Montgomery.

Charles Henderson basketball coach Carl Hollis said he knew why Parker generated so much interest.

"He was one of my most improved athletes last year," Hollis said. "He is a big kid who had several 20-point games."

Parker said his improvement from his sophomore season to his junior one came about because of hard work.

"I got stronger by working hard in the gym," Parker said.

Aside from scoring in double digits several times, Parker also proved himself on the defensive side of the game.

"My biggest strength is defense," Parker said. "I'm able to help out a lot and keep the other team from scoring."

Although he said he loves playing defense, Parker said he would still rather dunk the ball than block a shot.

"I'd rather dunk on somebody," Parker said.

He also said he was looking forward to next week's game. He said he does not know who will be joining him on the team, but he is excited to be playing.

"I think this will be great," he said. "I think I will have a great time and it will be a great experience."