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Port Allen standout Nick Parker signs with Loyola

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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The youngest of the Port Allen Parker brothers trio officially committed to play basketball for Loyola University in New Orleans.

Nick Parker signed a scholarship offer from the school at a ceremony held Friday, April 4 at Port Allen High School.

Since the age of five, Nick knew he wanted to play basketball; as a kid, he tried his hand at football, but his real passion was on the court. Nick’s older brothers, L.J. and Marcus, played football, basketball, and track in high school, and signed football scholarships from Tulane and Nicholls State, respectively, but Nick chose a different path. He focused solely on his love for basketball.

“It’s all part of being a parent,” said Nick’s father, Leonard Parker, who is a coach at PAHS. “You have to support your kids. I saw early on in his athletic career that he wasn’t a football player.”

By eighth grade, Nick was already catching the attention of college recruiters.

“Oklahoma State came to my games, but they kind of swayed off in the process,” said Nick.

Being the involved parent that he is, Coach Parker chose to assist Port Allen’s basketball team in addition to the football team.

“Some coaches prefer not to coach their kids because of the tension it can cause in their families, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said coach Leonard Parker. “I got to see him lead his basketball team for four years.”

Northwestern, University of Mobile, Nicholls, Southern, and LSU-Alexandria were all scouting the Port Allen senior, but Loyola caught Parker’s interest and stood out above the rest.

“They came to a lot of my games,” said Nick.

After visiting Loyola’s campus, Nick said he was sold.

“I had the opportunity to meet the players and run some games with the team,” said Parker. “After they showed me around, I really liked the business department and the teammates.”

Nick, who said he plans on majoring in marketing, said his parents were most influential and helpful to him throughout the recruitment process.

“They’ve always been supportive of my athletics,” said Nick Parker. “They’ve attended my games and took me to camps.”

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