Two thirds of Lake Howell's (Fla.) trio of star juniors is committed. Chandler Parsons, the lone uncommitted player, knows all eyes are on him in the recruiting world.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward watched teammates Nick Calathes pick Florida nearly a year ago and Joey Rodriguez pick UMass less than a month ago. With their commitments and the team's success, things are picking up for the sharp-shooting junior.
"Recruiting is going great. The day after Joey committed to UMass, they called me and offered me," Parsons said. "They said we could be pretty good together up there for them."
With the new interest from UMass, Parsons said a number of other schools are turning up the heat. He said Creighton, West Virginia, Notre Dame and South Carolina have either stopped by to see him play or inquired about him since the City of Palms.
Parsons is also holding offers from Central Florida, Miami, South Florida, UMass and Virginia Tech. Even with offers in hand, Parsons said he would like to wait out the recruiting process.
"I want to be committed before my senior year," Parsons said. "I know a lot of guys are committing and that is fine with me because it just means more schools will be looking at me."
With recruiting on the backburner, at least for now, Parsons is looking to keep improving on his stellar junior campaign and claim a coveted state championship that eluded his Lake Howell team last season.
"This is by far the best I've ever been playing," Parsons said. "Last year I was only averaging like nine points a game. Now I'm putting up 20 points a game and doing a lot more. I post up, step out and hit threes. I've worked a lot harder to get better."