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.”