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June 21, 2011 New England Hoop News Staff
July has become the most important month on the calendar of any young, aspiring basketball player. If you're someone looking to play at the next level, you'd better come ready to show what you've got on the July circuit. With that being said, we're going to take a look at different players across the six New England states that have the opportunity to really showcase themselves next month.
The Intro: First in this series is Timajh Parker-Rivera of the Connecticut Basketball Club. Parker-Rivera is a 6'7 forward that is still looking to make that big splash, and he'll have every opportunity to do so next month, playing alongside Andre Drummond. Although he has certainly garnered interest in the past (playing for CT Elite), it hasn't been consistent, nor has his play. We've heard of A-10 and lower-level Big East schools showing interest in Parker-Rivera, but we've also heard low-level D1 schools seemingly very involved in his recruitment.
The Low-Down: Not only does have good size and solid athleticism for the Division I level, but he also possesses the work ethic and ability to be coached. He is a garbage pale type of player that has some skill, showing the ability to step out to 16-17 feet and knock down shots. He's not the type of player that will drop-step and dunk on someone's head, but he is very capable of walking away with a double-double every time on the court.
July: He'll have a huge following at his games, playing alongside Drummond, Kris Dunn, Ethan O'Day and of course, the schools that are there to watch him. He has the chance to shine very bright if he brings it each and every game. He's the kind of kid that grows on you the more you watch. With that being said, we think Parker-Rivera could have some great options when the July evaluation period concludes.
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