Richard Parker Becomes 13th Men's Basketball Player to Score 1,600 Points

Richard Parker going to the basket for two.
Richard Parker going to the basket for two.

In the history of Berea College men's basketball, spanning 94 years and thousands of players, the program has seen only 12 players score 1,600 or more points in their careers. This season has seen the 13th player in Mountaineers basketball history to achieve the feat.

Richard Parker, a senior guard from Cleveland, OH, scored his 1,601st point with his three-point basket against Kentucky Christian University. He finished the game with 18 points to move to 1,616 career points, three points behind 12th place Greg Laws on the career scoring list. Parker moved into 12th place on the list in the team's next game against Piedmont College with 1,625 points.

Parker, with 10 games remaining in the regular season plus the possibility of four more in the USCAA Men's Basketball Division I National Championship Tournament, has 288 three-point baskets, with 52 made so far this season. Parker has improved his points per game each year, where as a sophomore he averaged 15.5 points to his junior year average of 23.4 points per game. He is currently averaging 22.9 points per game this season, second best in the USCAA, but led the USCAA in scoring for part of the season. Parker has scored over 20 points in a game in 10 out of 15 games this season, including a 35 and 36 point effort and a game which included seven made three-point baskets. Since his arrival as a freshman, the team has had a 62-34 overall record.

In his sophomore season and Berea College's first season in the USCAA, Parker was named a 2015 USCAA 1st Team All-American, the first men's basketball player to be given a 1st Team All-American distinction since 1988 and became the eighth Berea College men's basketball player to receive All-American honors. His junior season campaign saw him perform well enough to become a consecutive All-American as he was also named a 2016 USCAA 1st Team All-American. Parker has been named USCAA Player of the Week numerous times over the past three seasons and has helped lead the team to appearances in the past two USCAA Men's Basketball Division I National Championship Tournaments, including a final four appearance in 2015. Parker won the Three-Point Shootout Contest at the 2016 USCAA National Championship Tournament.