One of two Kansas City metro area recruits in this year's recruiting class, Benny Parker was one of the most explosive players in the region. The 5-10 guard led Sumner Academy of Arts and Science to an 85-15 during his high school career and a pair of Class 4A state titles playing for Coach Dave Parra. He totaled 1,464 points and nearly 400 assists and steals during his high school career.
As a senior, he was a first-team Class 4A all-state honoree and second-team selection among all-classes in Kansas by the Topeka Capital Journal, as well as a first-team all-metro performer by the Kansas City Star. He was honored with the DiRenna Award, representing the top player in the Kansas City metro area following a year where he averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game in helping Sumner Academy team to a 19-4 record and an appearance in the sub-state tournament. He shot 53 percent from the field and has nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Parker was named the MVP of the Spring Hill Invitational following a 41-point, seven-assist performance in a semifinal win over Spring Hill last month. He also had a 33-point performance in a loss to Basehor-Linwood on Jan. 3 31 against Ottawa in the sub-state final. In all, he scored 20 or more points in 16 of 23 games as a senior. Parker capped his career with 20 points in the Kansas-Missouri All-Star game with 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range in just 15 minutes of action when he teamed with Shavon Shields in a 119-91 rout of the Missouri all-stars.
As a junior, he was a first team all-state Class 4A performer and a third-team selection among all classes, helping Coach Parra's team to a 23-3 record and a state title, as he averaged 19.8 points, 5.9 assists, 4.8 steals and 3.7 rebounds per game. A first-team all-metro selection by the Kansas City Star, Parker shot 51 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from long distance. During his sophomore campaign. he garnered honorable-mention all-state honors, averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 assists and 4.1 steals per outing while leading Sumner to a state crown.
A three-star selection by Rivals.com, Parker also excelled in the classroom, carrying better than a 3.5 GPA. He is the son of Stanton and Veronica Parker, and Benny chose Nebraska over DePaul, Creighton, Buffalo and Indiana State.