Coming into the City of Palms, junior Chandler Parsons had a good rep in the Sunshine State thanks in large part to his role with the talented Lake Howell (Fla.) High School squad. But after a handful of strong performances at the prestigious tournaments, the 6-foot-8, 175-pound small forward is turning the page on his rise to one of the top players in the Southeast.
Parsons dropped a cool 28 points against the talented Episcopal Academy squad in a tough loss. Then on Thursday morning, Parsons scored 22 points and pulled down six rebounds against Glenn (N.C.) High School in a 94-67.
He showed off a confident jumper from beyond the arc and sunk home six of eight long balls. His perimeter game been the thing that has people talking.
"I work my shot everyday with coach (Reggie) Kohn. (Improving my perimeter game) was one of the things that I wanted to do this year I try to get better every game. I feel like it's paying off. I hope to keep improve so I can play at the next level."
Parsons tried to commit to Florida State earlier in the year but things with the ACC school have gone in different directions.
"I verbally committed there and there was a misunderstanding about when they would have an offer for me," Parsons said. "I didn't want other coaches to think that I was committed there because it wouldn't be 100 percent so I wanted to re-open my recruitment because I don't want other people to think I'm tied down."
Parsons said he's holding offers from Central Florida, Miami, South Florida and Virginia Tech. There is one place holds a special place with the Floridian.
"Florida is recruiting me really hard. I'd really like to play with my body Nick (Calathes)," he said.
What about Florida State? Parsons said the Seminoles are on the outside looking in now.
"It was kind of like a low blow. They are not one of my top choices anymore," Parsons said. "I really rushed my decision. I'm keeping my options open. There are just too many good choices out there and I'm taking my time."
His time is now spent trying to fend off all comers on the hardwood. For the last two seasons, Lake Howell has not been able to take home the state title. After the experienced gained, Parsons is hoping his team responds when they get back to their region schedule in 2006.
"We can't take anything for granted," Parsons said. "We have to come in and play 100 percent every game because we know we have a big X on our backs and people are going to play their best games against us. We have to be prepared every game."
Lake Howell will hit the hardwood again on Jan. 5 at Jacksonville University where they will play Arlington Country Day.