PARKS

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Be­fore the stop in An­gola, Parks played in Spain for Cam­pus-Prom­ete for seven months where she av­er­aged 13.6 points and 4.3 re­bounds a game.

In the 2015-16 sea­son, Parks signed with PEAC-Pecs in Hun­gary and av­er­aged 12.5 points a con­test.

Dur­ing her first sea­son as a pro, Parks had an im­pres­sive rookie cam­paign in Spain for Gran Ca­naria in the Span­ish LFB league. She av­er­aged 18.2 points per game, the sec­ond lead­ing scorer in the league, and had 4.6 re­bounds, 1.2 as­sists and 1.3 steals per game.

Parks, also gar­nered league Most Valu­able Player hon­ors, scor­ing 25 or more points six times, in­clud­ing 37 points ver­sus Bem­bibre and 32 against Za­ma­rat.

“My big­gest chal­lenge would prob­a­bly have to be ad­just­ing to two prac­tices ev­ery­day and learn­ing how to prop­erly take care of my body,” Parks said. “Eat­ing right and get­ting enough rest is very im­per­a­tive at the pro­fes­sional level if you want to per­form at the high­est level.”

Be­fore en­ter­ing the pro cir­cuit, Parks had a stel­lar ca­reer for Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity, av­er­ag­ing 21.7 points and 9.2 re­bounds a con­test in her se­nior sea­son.

She was named to the At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence’s first team and was an all-de­fen­sive team hon­oree. She amassed 1,561 points in her ca­reer, also lead­ing the A-10 in scor­ing (18.7) as a ju­nior.

Parks’ per­for­mance dur­ing her se­nior cam­paign caught the eye of pro scouts and she was in­vited to two WNBA try­outs. She did not at­tend them, opt­ing to start her ca­reer over­seas.

In the high school ranks, un­der for­mer North Point head coach Keith Spencer, Parks boast­ing back-to-back All-South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Most Out­stand­ing Player se­lec­tions, as well as All-County Ath­lete of the Year nods for her ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons. In the process, she helped lead the Ea­gles to con­sec­u­tive SMAC cham­pi­onships, and also fin­ished her ca­reer with over 1,000 points, the first player ever to do so in the pro­gram.

Parks led the Ea­gles to a 20-4 over­all record and an un­de­feated SMAC mark as a se­nior. She scored 35 points in a thrilling over­time loss in the re­gional semi­fi­nals at Arun­del, the even­tual Class 4A state cham­pion, in her fi­nal high school game. She av­er­aged al­most 20 points per game that sea­son to lead the SMAC while play­ing less than a half in five games.

Parks, now 25, plans to play ball pro­fes­sion­ally up un­til she is at least 30 or un­til her body says it can’t play ball any­more.

Af­ter bas­ket­ball, Parks plans on con­tin­u­ing a ca­reer in home­land se­cu­rity or fi­nance.

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