FMU’s Parker named All-Region, picked for All-Star Game

FMU’s Parker named All-Region, picked for All-Star Game

Francis Marion University senior Brandon Parker has been selected to the 2018-19 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Men's Basketball Southeast All-Region Team and been picked to play in the 2019 Reese's® Division II College All-Star Game on March 29 in Evansville, Ind.

Parker becomes the first Patriot cager to be selected to a national post-season All-Star contest.  The game will tip off at 7 p.m. (CDT) in the 11,000-seat Ford Center in Evansville.  The game will be played during the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on the day between the semifinals and championship games.  

The 2019 edition will have two teams of 10 seniors, with two selections from each of the eight regions in Division II and four at-large choices.  The coaches for the game are former Kennesaw State University and Dalton State College head coach Tony Ingle and current University of Indianapolis head coach Stan Gouard.

A 6-3 native of Sumter, S.C., Parker was named to the D2CCA Southeast Region first team. Earlier this month, he was named the Peach Belt Conference Co-Player of the Year, earned a spot on the PBC All-Tournament Team for the second straight season, and earned first-team All-PBC recognition.

Parker finished fourth in the Peach Belt in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per contest. He scored in double-digits in 25 of FMU's 30 games, scored 20 or more on 12 occasions, and became the fourth Patriot in program history to record four or more 30-point games in a single season.

The senior made the most free throws in the Peach Belt this season (139), and connected on 83.2 percent from the line, the third-highest percentage in the league. Parker was also one of the top three-point marksmen in the conference, making 93 three-pointers (third-most), while hitting at a rate of 45.8 percent (third-highest in the PBC). He also ranked in the top-10 in minutes per game (33.3) and rebounding (6.6 rpg), and was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on three occasions.

He registered three double-doubles, and handed out five or more assists on seven occasions.  Nationally, he ranks 10th in three-point accuracy, 29th in three-pointers made, 32nd in three-pointers made per game, and 41st in free throws made.

A virtual walk-on in 2015, Parker helped guide Francis Marion to a 21-9 record and its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament this season. It marked the first time since the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons the Patriots recorded back-to-back campaigns of 20 or more victories. FMU finished third in the Peach Belt's regular-season standings and set a new program record for conference victories with 16. The Patriots also made the PBC Tournament Semifinals for the second straight season, and fourth time in school history.

In his four seasons at Francis Marion, Parker started 85 of the 108 games he played in, including all 60 contests during the squad's back-to-back runs to the NCAA Tournament. He concluded his Patriot career with 1,299 points, 14th most in program history. He also snagged 470 rebounds, which ranks 22nd on the all-time list at FMU, while ranking tied for ninth in career steals (123) and tied for 18th in career assists (202).

      Brandon Parker