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#3 Benny Parker
Position: Guard
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 166
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kansas City, Kan.
High School: Sumner Academy
Experience: 1 Letter
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Honors and Awards

  • Seventh on NU's single-season freshman list in assists (69 in 2012-13)

 

2013-14 (Outlook)
Nebraska coach Tim Miles is not afraid to give freshmen significant minutes, and Benny Parker was a beneficiary last year. He played in all 33 games for the Huskers, ranking second on the team in assists with 69 and fourth on the squad in steals with 24. His quickness is his best asset, as the 5-foot-9 guard can push the ball in transition and be a pest for opposing point guards with his on-ball defense. He spent the summer working on other facets of his game, and he has put himself in position to earn playing time at point guard.

2012-13 (Freshman)
Parker was one of two freshmen who played a significant role for the Huskers during Tim Miles' first season at Nebraska. Parker was one of four Huskers to play in all 33 games in 2012-13, averaging 2.7 points, 2.1 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. His 69 assists not only ranked second on the team, but placed him seventh on NU's single-season freshman list. Parker, who became just the 10th Husker freshman to start a season opener since 1995, also topped the Big Red with a 1.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and committed one turnover or less in 20 of his 33 appearances. The Kansas City, Kan., native did not commit a turnover in his final 81 minutes of action dating back to Feb. 26. Parker led the Huskers in assists 11 times during his freshman campaign.

Parker closed the season with one of his best efforts against Big Ten competition, totaling five points, three assists and matching his career high with three rebounds against No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten quarterfinals on March 15. It was his highest point total since Dec. 3, and his three assists were the most since dishing out six assists at Minnesota on Jan. 29. He came off the bench for the majority of the Big Ten season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 assists per game while playing an average of 17 minutes per contest. He struggled finding his shooting form, hitting 24 percent, but also had a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and was fourth on the team with 13 steals in conference action. Parker had multiple assists six times in Big Ten action, including six at Minnesota when he played 30 minutes. He also scored four points in three consecutive games, including performances against No. 8 Ohio State on Feb. 2 and at No. 1 Indiana on Feb. 13.

During non-conference play, Parker battled through nagging injuries, but started every game. He had season bests in points (eight) and minutes in his debut against NCAA qualifier Southern on Nov. 11, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. He also had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in a win over Horizon League champion Valparaiso on Nov. 1 before totaling eight points against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 18. Parker played a significant role in NU's win at Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27, totaling eight points, including 6-of-9 from the charity stripe and adding four assists and a career-high four steals against the Demon Deacons. That game marked the final time in non-conference play that Parker was healthy as he battled foot and knee problems over the next month beginning with a sprained foot suffered prior to NU's win over USC on Dec. 3. In that stretch, he totaled just 17 points, but led NU with five assists against Creighton on Dec. 6, and had four points and three assists in a win over Central Michigan at the Sun Bowl Invitational on Dec. 23. He closed non-conference play by dishing out a team-high four assists and scoring four points in 28 minutes against Nicholls State on Dec. 29.

Before Nebraska
Parker was one of the top players in the Kansas City area during his high school career. He was a four-year starter who led Sumner Academy of Arts and Science to an 85-15 record and a pair of Class 4A state titles during his high school career playing for Coach Dan Parra. Parker totaled 1,468 points, 375 assists and 355 steals during his high school career, finishing third in school history in points scored.

A three-star selection by Rivals.com, Parker was a first-team Class 4A all-state honoree and second-team selection among all classes in Kansas by the Topeka Capital Journal as a senior. He was a first-team all-metro performer by the Kansas City Star. Parker was honored with the DiRenna Award, representing the top player in the Kansas City metro area following a campaign where he averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game in helping Sumner Academy 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, tying a school record for most points in a game. He also had a pair of 30-point efforts and totaled 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.

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.

Personal
Benny, whose given name is Benjamin, is the son of Stan and Veronica Parker and was born on April 28, 1994, in Kansas City. He has one older brother, Stan. Benny, who finished with better than a 3.5 GPA at Sumner Academy, is a business administration major at Nebraska. He chose Nebraska over DePaul, Murray State, Kansas State and Buffalo.

  Minutes  Total  3-Point  F-Throws  Rebounds   
Year  gp-gs  min  avg  fg  fga  pct  fg  fga  pct  ft  fta  pct  off  def  tot  avg  pf  fo  ast  t/o  blk  stl  pts  avg 
2012-13   33-16  681  20.6  31  87  .356  13  .154  24  36  .667  40  44  1.3  57  69  43  24  88  2.7 
TOTAL  33-16  681  20.6  31  87  .356  13  .154  24  36  .667  40  44  1.3  57  69  43  24  88  2.7 
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