St. Joe's Parker-Rivera commits to Towson

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting that St. Joseph High (Conn.) power forward Timajh Parker-Rivera has verbally committed to Towson University for the 2012-13 season, citing a source.

The 6-foot-6 Bridgeport, Conn. native is ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the state of Connecticut behind New London point guard and Providence commit Kris Dunn, who together with UConn freshman Andre Drummond were teammates this summer for the Connecticut Basketball Club.

To nobody's surprise, being the third wheel in the Drummond and Dunn show paid off, as he saw his stock rise with interest across the Big East and Atlantic 10.

His current evaluation on Scouts Inc. reads as follows:


He lives in the lane and from mid-range. A junk yard dog type of undersized forward who may be able to some day lay claim to a small forward slot at the right level. Cleans up the messes of other missers and doesn't mind doing the heavy lifting on the glass. Also will help on defense and stick 18 foot jumpers.


Will need to develop his perimeter game off the bounce, maybe install some type of dribble pull up to make himself harder to guard.

Bottom Line:

His hook is that he's a hard playing forward who makes a living on the glass and from mid-range. If his skill set continues to progress we could see him going a touch higher. Also an excellent student and the academic component may make him a slightly higher level recruit. Super charged motor.