Parks driving Jackrabbit basketball’s hot start

AUSTIN HAMM Sports Editor

For his key part in the Jacks 6-1 start and his play that garnered him tournament MVP at the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge, senior guard Deondre Parks is this week’s Collegian Sports’ Athlete of the Week. Parks is leading the Jacks in scoring this year, at 16.0 points per game, while also adding 4.2 rebounds per game. Shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 32.4 percent form three on the season, Parks is also second on the team in minutes per game this season at 32.3. Though the Jacks saw their season winning streak ended at UMKC last week, helped by Parks strong play they shot out the gate at 6-0, which matched their best start in Division I form 2010-11. Finally home from a five-game road trip, the Jacks return to Frost Arena Wednesday night for a game against Division II opponent Wayne State College before traveling to face Minnesota next Tuesday.