UCLA inks De’End Parker to National LOI on Signing Day

From UCLA:

UCLA head coach Ben Howland announced today the signing of De’End Parker to a National letter of Intent to attend UCLA in the fall of 2011.

Parker, a 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound guard out of San Francisco, Calif., (Lincoln High School), will be a junior next season after transferring from City College of San Francisco where he played for head coach Justin Labagh.

Parker joins the early signing class, which consisted of Norman Powell, a 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound guard out of San Diego, Calif., and Lincoln High School.

“We are extremely excited about De’End Parker joining our basketball program and family,” Howland said. “He will give us immediate help as a transfer with the loss of our starting wings (Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt). He is a very good athlete and a great competitor, but most of all, he is an outstanding young man that will represent UCLA to our expectations in all aspects. He’s a great kid and has been very well coached.”

Parker averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a sophomore this past year at CCSF. He shot 43.0 percent from three-point range while guiding the Rams to their first State title in 49 years (since 1962). Parker’s tip-in with less than three seconds left gave CCSF an 83-81 victory over Citrus College in the 2011 California Community College Athletic Association championship game. The Rams finished the season 32-1 overall and ended the year on a 27-game winning streak. He was named as the Coast Conference Co- Most Valuable Player (with teammate Jonathon Williams), leading his squad to a league title and a 12-0 mark. The Rams were 29-5 in his freshman season, as he led CCSF to a 61-6 record in his two seasons.

“When UCLA offered me a scholarship, I was really excited, and I knew it was a no-brainer after speaking with my family,” Parker said. “I have spoken to the UCLA coaches and know that I can come in and make an immediate impact. I’m excited about getting the opportunity to play because my natural position is on the wing as an off-guard. UCLA produces the most NBA players and I’m very thankful to have the chance to come in and compete.”

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  • ucla steve

    If these numbers are anywhere close to reality UCLA is gaining thirty pounds at the three, which may mean we can guard the opponent’s three again when Lamb is at the two or resting –one of our consistent vulnerabilities, taking off the extra pressure on Nelson, Lamb, and Smith and partially eliminating the lay-it-in-against-UCLA defense of the first fifteen games last season. If Parker can shoot high thirties from three consistently and has better lateral quickness, motor, and drive than Honeyshipp (either or both is a modest proposal), I like this signing.

  • UCLA Homer

    “I’m looking forward to continuing the legacy of UCLA basketball,” Parker added. “So I’ll be playing one season and then jumping to the NBA.”

  • Keith

    So when he comes out of the game, does he go to “De’End” of the bench?

  • UB (Ultimate Bruin)

    I’ve seen film on this kid and he is the real deal. He can fill in nicely at the 2 or 3, and has good ball handling skills for 6’6″ so he can even fill in at PG if needed.

    You may have heard that he got his name because he is the last of 10 kids and his Mom said at the hospital, this is “De’End” and the name stuck. True story! I didn’t amke it up, so don’t give me any racist crap!