Parker first woman to make decision on national TV

Candace Parker, a 6-foot-3 high school senior from Chicago and one of the nation's top prep prospects, will announce where she plans to play college basketball live on ESPNEWS on Tuesday.

Parker's decision will mark the first time ESPNEWS will televise the oral commitment of an NCAA women's basketball player.

The official early signing period opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 19.

Parker, touted as just the second high school girl to ever dunk, is believed to be considering Duke, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland and DePaul as her final choices. Parker will announce her decision at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday from the ESPNZone in Chicago.

Parker and LeBron James were named the 2003 Naismith prep basketball players of the year. Parker is the only high-school junior ever to win the award.

As a junior at Central High School in Naperville, Ill., in the 2002-03 season, Parker's team went 35-0 to win the program's first Illinois Class AA state championship. She averaged 24.2 points, 14.2 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game.