We head into the top 10 players in the area by focusing on a Division 1 commit in Homestead senior Rylie Parker. The younger sister of Homestead great Madisen and daughter of Spartan coach Rod, Rylie has forged her own path and identity as a fun loving and lively leader.
At an even eight points per game, Parker became a reliable scorer last season despite missing a couple of games injured. Most importantly, Parker showcased that she is a threat on the court offensively as more than a three point shooter. That said, she still hit a team high 49 three point shots at a 36 percent success rate and drew that designation of “the shooter” in the yells of opposing coaches to their defenses. That comes as high praise and a clear focus of teams in practice before they play Homestead; Parker is one of the Summit Athletic Conference’s best long range snipers and opposing defenses know that there is no good coming their way if they lose her on their defensive assignment.
The Purdue Fort Wayne commit has also added the tag of strong defender to her name. This comes in the way of the energy she puts out and has since she got to stand on the stage as a freshman who didn’t see the court in the state championship. Parker’s face screams that she is just happy to be there and she certainly looks like she is having fun while committing on the defensive end where she had 37 steals last season, fourth of a team that was heavy on the theft. Parker also grabbed a team fourth best 84 rebounds over 27 games.
“Rylie is a great competitor and defender who brings energy to our team. She is a very good on ball defender and has the ability to make hustle plays and has a nose for the ball,” says Homestead coach Rod Parker. “Rylie is also one of our best perimeter shooters and leaders.”