An important part of making a good college decision is having a solid support system. The one that surrounds Juwan Parker is just as solid as it gets.
The 6-foot-4 junior at Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington doesn't just have a solid support system at home. He also benefits from playing for a coach, Shea Seals, who knows just what he's going through.
Seals starred himself at a Tulsa high school (McClain) in the 1990s before moving on to a huge career at Tulsa and a professional career that included a stop in the NBA.
"It helps out a lot because he's been there and done that," Parker told Rivals.com. "I can find out from his experiences and he can give me advice about what he would do in certain situations."
A lengthy wing who can slash to the rim and knock down jumpers, Parker is a natural scorer. Now, he's looking to branch out with his game.
"I think I need to work on being more athletic and a better ball handler at the two or the point," Parker said. "I think I'm a real good rebounder, a good jump shooter and that I'm pretty versatile."
Currently ranked No. 104 in the class of 2013, Parker sports a 4.0 GPA and already counts offers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Detroit, Mercer, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia, Temple, Memphis, Vanderbilt, San Francisco, Minnesota, Oral Roberts, Colorado and Marquette, along with interest from many others.
"It's wonderful, nothing but a blessing," Parker said. "It's starting to get to me a little. It's stressing to try and cut down the list. Hopefully I'll be committed to somewhere by this time next year."
Eyeing a fall of 2012 decision, Parker will look at the usual aspects of a program and turn to his support system when he makes his choice.
"What will attract me is the coaching staff," Parker said. "I'll also look at the team and how I'll fit in and how the playing time is looking at my position.
"I'll definitely be turning to my parents and coach to help me out with my decision."