Basketball: CCSF’s Parker commits to Bears

De’End Parker, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound combo guard from City College of San Francisco, the top-ranked JC team in the state, has given Cal an oral commitment.

The co-Player of the Year in the Coast Conference, Parker said he attended the Bears’ overtime win over UCLA and watched them beat Oregon on TV on Thursday night. “You could see the fight within them,” he said. “They’re winners and that’s the way I am.”

Parker, who got his first name because he is the last of 10 children in his family, said he called coach Mike Montgomery with the news early Friday afternoon.

“He was really happy. He told me, `I’m really excited now,’ ” Parker said. “I  just told him we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Parker is averaging 12.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for a CCSF team that takes a 27-1 record and the No. 1 seed into Saturday’s NorCal plaoff opener against Butte College.

A graduate of Lincoln High in San Francisco, Parker plays point guard for the Rams. But Montgomery told him he envisions using him at all three perimeter spots.

“He’s a tough kid, a winner,” said CCSF coach Justin Labagh, a former walk-on at Cal. “He can take guys off the dribble, create his own shot and he played point guard for us for so he can set guys up.”

Parker told me last week he also was considering UCLA and Arizona State and didn’t plan to choose one until his JC season was over.

“It was pretty much time to make a decision,” he said. “I didn’t want them thinking I didn’t want to go there.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • K1W

    > Parker, who got his first name because he is the last of 10 children in his family…

    That’s pretty good… I was laughing.

  • Kevin

    Awesome, Parker will be a great fit and provide depth at multiple positions. Nice to have a guy from SF on the squad again too!

  • Tdogg

    De End is coming…for all the other Pac12 teams! haha

  • Uh Huh!

    Just speculation here, but De’End might have also jumped to commit at this time b/c a slot was still open. Wait too long and it might be taken by someone else.

    With Brandon Smith now playing well enough and Cobbs coming in, it looks like we will be able to hold our own on the perimeter. And who knows how Rossi will be able to fit in!

    Now we just need to get some serious beef to fill MSF’s shoes. Solomon is going to have to be hitting the weights in a major way this offseason. I picture him coming back to campus a transformed figure! If he gets serious, he could really be something. If not, we’ll see more of his schlit being swatted away by Honeycutt as he goes up for a one handed dunk in traffic under the rim. That was ridiculous! In the strained exhortation of Bill Walton: “Throw it down, big man!”

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Sick with a chest cold, I almost passed out laugh-coughing over the first name justification. Your parents get crazy thumbs up from me.