NBA DRAFT 2001
William Anthony Parker
6-2 (188 cm)
177 (80.3 kg)
National Institute for Sports and Physical Education (Paris, France)
May 17, 1982
Selected in the first round (28th pick overall) by the San Antonio Spurs.
An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft.
Now playing at the top level in France.
A member of France's Junior National Team in 1998 at the European Championships and again at the 2000 European Junior Championships.
At the 2000 event in Zadar, Croatia, averaged 14.4 points to finish among the top 10 scorers in the competition.
Had 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for tournament.
Played the past two seasons for Paris Basket Racing (formerly known as PSG Racing) in France, seeing backup minutes at point guard for one of France's top teams his first season and becoming a starter in his second season.
Had a strong showing as a starting point guard this year.
Averaged 14.7 points and 5.6 assists in 33 minutes.
Had 168 assists and only 66 turnovers, a better than 2.5-to-1 ratio.
As an 18-year-old backup point guard last season, averaged 10 minutes, 3.9 points and 1.7 assists for Paris Basket Racing.
Attended INSEP, the National Institute for Sports and Physical Education in Paris.
Averaged 22.1 points and 6.5 assists.
Enjoyed an outstanding performance in the 2000 Nike Hoop Summit played at Indianapolis on April 2, 2000.
Led the International Select Team with 20 points and seven assists, adding four rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of play.
In the game, he hit six of 11 field goal attempts and all seven of his free throw attempts.
Teammates for the game included Olumide Oyedeji (Seattle SuperSonics), Neil Fingleton (North Carolina) and 2001 NBA Draft hopefuls Bostjan Nachbar of Slovenia and Goran Cakic of Yugoslavia.
Zach Randolph of the USA Basketball Team scored 24 points to give the USA a 98-97 victory.
According to telebasket.com, he has good fundamentals and skills for the point guard position.
Quick and efficient, he is capable of penetrating to the basket and making the correct pass.
Owns an effective pull-up jumper.
|Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 11-for-34 (.324); 2000-01, 34-for-112 (.304). Totals: 45-for-146 (.308).