ESPN the Magazine ESPN


ESPNMAG.com
In This Issue
Backtalk
Message Board
Customer Service
SPORT SECTIONS







The Life


June 18, 2002
Smush Push
ESPN The Magazine

One year of high school ball in Queens. A juco season across the country in Idaho. Back to NYC for a D1 year at Fordham. Say this about William "Smush" Parker: The kid knows how to move without the ball.
Smush Parker
Parker, not Bob Hill, is making the leap to the NBA.
So if you're looking for the lowdown on the 6'4", 180-pound Fordham guard, you need to ask Kenny Graham, the godfather of New York's West 4th League, where Parker is legendary. "He's got a ton of athleticism, but his game is old-school," says Graham. "That's rare for a playground kid."

Smush's road has been bumpy. His mother, Robin, died of AIDS when he was 9. He never graduated from high school, getting his GED instead. Fordham coach Bob Hill spied him at a juco tournament, but any national buzz was smothered by the Rams' 820 record. In predraft workouts, he's been trying to prove he can run the point. "If I do that, I can go anywhere from 14 to 23," says Smush. With most predicting him as a second-rounder, it seems Smush is already planning his next move -- up the draft board.

This article appears in the June 24 issue of ESPN The Magazine.



Latest Issue


Also See
ESPN The Magazine: Best in Class
Used to be that you only had ...

Soft Touch
Caron Butler's feel for the ...

ESPN The Magazine: Jammin'
Like his musical ability, ...

ESPN The Magazine: Baby Boom
Nene Hilario looks to become ...

ESPN The Magazine: Path Finder
After spending time in jail, ...

ESPN The Magazine: Risky Business
One team will take a risk on ...

NBA Draft 2002
Feel the draft

NBA front page
The latest news and stats

ESPNMAG.com
Who's on the cover today?

SportsCenter with staples
Subscribe to ESPN The Magazine for just ...


 ESPN Tools
Email story
 
Most sent
 
Print story
 


Customer Service

SUBSCRIBE
GIFT SUBSCRIPTION
CHANGE OF ADDRESS

CONTACT US
CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT
BACK ISSUES

ESPN.com: Help | Media Kit | Contact Us | Tools | Site Map | PR
Copyright ©2002 ESPN Internet Ventures. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and Safety Information are applicable to this site. For ESPN the Magazine customer service (including back issues) call 1-888-267-3684. Click here if you're having problems with this page.