Auburn basketball: Walk-on forward transfers from program

Auburn walk-on Myles Parker has announced that he is transferring from the program.

Auburn is already losing their top six scorers from last season. Now, that depth takes another hit. On Tuesday, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl confirmed that walk-on forward Myles Parker would be transferring to Alabama A&M.

Parker, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Madison, Alabama, had just finished his sophomore season with the Tigers where he appeared in three total games. As a freshman in 2018-19, Parker played in 14 total games, playing 1.9 minutes per contest.

Parker had a career-high three points during Auburn’s Sweet 16 game against UNC in March of 2019 but did not score any points this past season.

Despite the Tigers’ loss of talent from last season, Parker would’ve likely continued to spend next season at the end of the bench. At the forward spot, Auburn has added top-100 recruit JT thor and three-star PF Chris Moore in the 2020 recruiting class.

Along with those two, Auburn already has players like Jaylin Williams and Javon Franklin playing forward.

The walk-on forward played his high school ball at both Madison Academy (AL) and Hargrave Military Academy (VA). For Madison Academy, Parker was a three-time all-state player and was named the region’s player of the year.

Parker helped the Mustangs win two-straight class 3A state titles and as a senior, he averaged 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Despite the success in high school, Parker received minimal Division-I interest.

Out of high school, Parker held offers from Tennessee State, Campbell, Presbyterian and Appalachian State. He was originally planning on committing to App State but the Mountaineers rescinded his scholarship offer after his spot was taken by a JUCO transfer.

Coming to Auburn, Parker received praise from Bruce Pearl for his skillset and readiness.

“Even though he’s a walk-on freshman, he went to a year of prep school so he’s a little older,” Pearl said in an AL.com interview from October 2018. “He can shoot the ball. He’s not afraid. So I imagine, when he’s out there, he’ll look like he belongs out there. So it’s kind of a Godsend that things didn’t work out as well for him.”

At his new school, Parker should be able to get much more playing time than he did with the Tigers. Last season, the Bulldogs only won a total of five games (total record of 5-27) and were one of the worst teams in college basketball. According to a post from the team, it seems that Parker will wear No. 1 for the Bulldogs.

The team is also losing it’s top two scorers from last year in seniors Andre Kennedy and Jalen Reeder so Parker joins a program in much-need of experience and talent.

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