Former Thornton guard picks UIC

Former Thornton point guard Jay Parker has committed to UIC.

Parker, a 5-10 point guard, starred at Thornton and played this past season at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. He will be eligible to play next season at UIC as a sophomore.

Parker also considered Chicago State, Omaha-Nebraska and the University of Indianapolis. He averaged nine points and five assists for Highland this season.

“I chose UIC basically because of my relationship with coach Howard (Moore),” Parker said on Friday. “He was recruiting me since I was a sophomore in high school. I just know the type of person he is and what he’s trying to do with the program. It really opened my eyes to wanting to come there.”

Parker’s older brother Josh Parker was a senior guard at Dayton this season.

UIC now has four recruits in its Class of 2012.