High School Hot Shot: Ramani Parker

Ramani Parker has a big goal for her next year of high school basketball. 

"I am dunking my junior year," says Parker. 

Yeah, you heard her correctly. 

Parker, currently a sophomore at Central High School, says she's going to slam one home next year, and it might very well happen, considering, she has already grabbed the rim. 

Listed at 6 feet 3 inches tall and still growing, Parker is grabbing a lot of attention on the court. 

She's only 15 year's old, but she's already received offers from Clemson, Michigan, Louisville, LMU, Fresno State, Arizona State, UNLV, Oregon State, and UCLA, with more sure to come. 

"Ramani's wide open (with her recruitment)," said Demetrius Porter, her AAU basketball coach.  "She's gonna go where she feels wanted and loved.  I've always told her, 'don't go where you wanna go, but go where they want you.'"

Parker is one of 141 players that were selected to try out for the U-16 USA national team in Colorado Springs, Colorado this week.  If she's one of the final 12 players to make the roster, she'll get to play in Argentina this summer.

"I am excited, but sometimes I don't show it, cause if I get too excited, then I start to worry," says Parker, about the Team USA opportunity.  "So I'm calm right now, and once I get there, I'm just gonna play." 

"Ramani worked hard for this, she's played against some of the top girls in the country that will be at the USA tryout," added Porter.  "I think she deserves to be there.  She's gonna open up a lot of eyes." 

Porter would know.  He's a former Fresno State Bulldog basketball player, who played under legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian. 

Parker can play anywhere on the court.  She can rebound; she can drain three's; and oh yeah, she can block. 

"I love blocking," says Parker with emphasis.  "I love blocking, cause it feels like you're the baddest (person) on the court.  What's going through my head is nobody is going to score in my home, my key, my home." 

"I've never had a player like her, and I've had over 20 girls in division one, and none of em has the skill set, with the size, with the speed, with the athleticism," says Porter.  "She has a rare package of skills."  



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