Parham to join MSU Men’s Basketball team

Minnesota State head coach Matt Magenthaler has announced that Paris Parham will join the Maverick men’s basketball team in the fall.

All signings and transfers are contingent upon admission to MSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

A 6-5 guard from Chicago, Ill., Parham recently finished his freshman season at Lincoln University of Missouri. He played in 15 games for the Blue Tigers and shot 56.8% from the field and 50.0% from three point range. Against Robert Morris-Springfield, Parham tallied a season-high 16 points and six rebounds while shooting 5-of-5 from the field, including a 4-of-4 showing from long range.

“ I want to welcome Paris to the Maverick family,” Margenthaler said. “Paris is a high IQ wing that shoots the ball extremely well, he’s a big guard that will be very versatile on both ends of the floor.”

As a senior at St. Thomas More High School, Parham set a single-season record with 93 made three pointers. He finished his senior season averaging 15 points and 5.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 41.5% from the field and 41.4% from behind the three point line.

Parham Jr. is the son of former Minnesota State player and coach Paris Parham. Parham Sr. joined the Mavericks in 1993 and played two seasons with the Purple and Gold. As a student-athlete, Parham Sr. led the Mavericks in assists during both seasons and averaged 10.3 points per game.

Following his playing career, Parham Sr., became a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State in 1996, before becoming an assistant coach for five seasons under head coach Dan McCarrell. He is currently serving as an assistant coach at UW-Milwaukee.

Minnesota State finished its 2017-18 season with a 24-10 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

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