Parker to play for Battling Bishops
Kechae Parker instantly bolstered Southern Vance’s front line when she transferred crosstown from Northern.
After three all-conference seasons as a Viking, Parker finished her high school playing career at Southern and finished averaging close to a double-double in points and rebounds.
The 2014 Southern graduate figures to use those post skills at the next level, although she’ll suit up as a guard for N.C. Wesleyan this season.
“She will have that post mentality and ability to post up if she has a smaller guard or wing player on her,” said Southern head coach Amy Simpson. “I can see her being used as a versatile guard.”
Parker helped lead the Lady Raiders to an unbeaten conference season and again, Parker earned all-league honors.
Wesleyan’s up-tempo pace won’t be a major change of pace from Southern’s high-octane approach — and that’s the way Parker likes to play.
“They play my style of basketball,” she said.
The Battling Bishops are coached by Artina Trader and compete in the Division III USA South Athletic Conference.
Parker toured the college before submitting her high school highlights.
The Wesleyan coaching staff saw a player with good shooting form, a good vertical and ability to run the floor and finish plays.
“She brought a whole lot,” said Simpson. “She gave us a sense of scoring inside more. That was one of the things we were kind of lacking. She gave us a presence inside and she could pull the defender out and hit jumpers, too, opening the floor up.”
Parker said the switch from Northern to Southern was initially difficult, but she grew more comfortable with time.
Her next transition will be stepping out on the wing. She said improving her ball handling skills has been a point of emphasis this summer.
“I think it’s going to be fun, but challenging at the same time,” said Parker. “That was my No. 1 goal when I graduated and it was always my goal to play for somebody in college.”
Parker and the Bishops open the season at home Saturday, Nov. 15 against Hollins.
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