May 15, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Marcus Kinzer (Nashville, Tenn.) and Byron Parker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) have signed national letters of intent to attend Tulane University, Tulane men's basketball coach Shawn Finney announced Tuesday.
Kinzer will join the Green Wave following a year at Solebury Prep School in New Hope, Pa. At Solebury, the 5-11, 170-pound point guard averaged 23 points, nine assists and 2.5 steals per game, while leading the team to a 17-10 record, which included wins in 10 of its last 11 games. He earned first team all-league honors, as well as all-tourney honors in the Pennsylvania Prep School Tournament after leading the team to the state semifinals. A deadly shooter, Kinzer had four games with five or more three-pointers and scored a career-high 42 points in one contest, while shooting 13-of-18 from the field.
"He's the kind of player that makes other players around him better," Solebury head coach Cleve Christie said. "He is the consummate point guard. A poor-man's Magic Johnson - he has the ability to score at any time, but he has the attitude and personality to want to get everybody involved.
"I was being begged by Michigan to get him to come up there, but he turned down that visit when he signed with Tulane."
A four-year letterwinner for Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tenn., Kinzer was a finalist for Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball Honors as a senior. The point guard also received All-USA honors from USA Today as a high school senior.
"Marcus will bring great leadership to our team as a pure point guard," Finney said. "He is a player with a great understanding of the game, and he plays like an extra coach on the floor."
"I was really impressed with Marcus when I saw him play [at Solebury]," said Thomas Konchalski, recruiting analyst from HSBI Report. "He was the leading scorer in Tennessee the year before, so you expected him to score, but he let the game come to him. He was deceptively quick, using his quickness purposefully, while being under control and efficient with the ball. He ran the team with a great deal of poise and composure."
Parker joins the Green Wave after playing two years at Tyler (Texas) Junior College. Last season, the 6-2, 185-pound combo guard averaged 7.5 points and 4.0 assists per game while leading the league with 3.0 steals per game.
"He is a very athletic kid that brings a sense of toughness with his on-the-ball defense," Tyler head coach Chris Crutchfield said. "He is a quick and explosive player that understands how to play the game. He's a team player and a great young man who will fit in well at Tulane."
A standout player at Stephenson High School, Parker averaged 12.2 points per game as a senior.
"Byron is an explosive guard with great athleticism," Finney said. "He brings great experience to a very young backcourt and he could be a perfect fit for our pressing style of play."
"Parker will bring very good athleticism and strength to Tulane," said Jerry Mullen, recruiting expert for Mullen's Roundball Review. "He is a good versatile combo guard who can really get to the rack as well as defend."
The pair join November signees Ben Benfield (River Ridge, La.) and Karl Hollingsworth (Jonesboro, Ga.), as well as recent signee Ben Bowling (Hazard, Ky.) in Finney's first recruiting class.