|Emilio and Trevin give JCSU a 1-2 offensive punch|
|Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:10 am|
Emilio Parks and Trevin Parks are Johnson C. Smith basketball’s dynamic offensive duo.
|Johnson C. Smith guard Trevin Parks (left) is the Golden Bulls' leading scorer at 26.5 points per game, one of the best averages in NCAA Division II.|
Emilio, a 6-6 sophomore forward, is averaging 15.1 points per game and leads the Golden Bulls in rebounds with 7.1. Trevin, a 5-11 point guard, is one of Division II’s top scorers at 26.5 points per game. The combination is one reason why JCSU is 7-3 despite a reconfigured roster.
“I love the Parks duo,” said Trevin Parks, a two-time all-CIAA and all-America pick.
Emilio Parks, who is one of nine first-year players on the roster, made an immediate impact. His offensive skills in the paint give the Golden Bulls an inside complement that spreads defenses across the floor. If opponents pack the lane, it opens opportunities from the perimeter. If they extend, the lane opens inside.
“This year, I really don’t have to score and that’s something that I like,” said Trevin Parks. “If we don’t have to score, I can definitely slow the pace and get us into our offense and I definitely can go to Emilio and we have three more people on the court who can put the ball in the rim.”
Although Emilio Parks generally works the lane, he’s versatile enough to score facing the basket, adding another dimension to JCSU’s offense while forcing opponents to compensate.
“The thing that people don’t know is that Emilio can actually shoot from 15 to 18 feet like he’s a guard,” Trevin Parks said. “He has those attributes that actually put him over the top of most big men in our conference and our non-conference schedule, so Emilio is definitely a big part of our team.”
It was abundantly clear in JCSU’s 103-90 win against Belmont Abbey on Dec. 31. Trevin Parks led all scorers with 29 points, but Emilio tossed in 21, including 15 in the second half as the Golden Bulls pulled away by getting the ball inside. JCSU connected on 60.3 percent of its shots, including a season-high 72.4 percent after recess.
“Emilio Parks played a huge part in that,” JCSU assistant coach Mark Sherrill said. “We tried to go inside, we went inside. He stumbled earlier in the game, but I put a little pressure on him and he came back and executed real well.”
Said Emilio Parks: “If we can work the inside out, it helps the shooters like Trevin and Josh (Linson). It’s easier for Trevin to score when they start to help out inside and when they help out on the outside, it’s easier for people like me to score inside. When we’re scoring 100 points a game, it’s hard for people to stop.”
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