Top recruit brings more than just basketball

As the high school basketball season winds down, Brandon Parrish will retire his Seguin High School jersey in a little under a month.

While his high school career is coming to close, it is just the beginning of what Parrish hopes is a long, successful basketball career.

Parrish is one of the top recruits in the state of Texas and has committed to playing at TCU next fall as part of Trent Johnson’s first recruiting class.

Parrish said he is joining a recruiting class that is bringing in players who have the size needed to compete in the Big 12.

According to Maxpreps, the 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard is the leading scorer for the Seguin Cougars this season, averaging 14.7 points per game.

Parrish said he would compare his basketball game to Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers. He said he is someone who can shoot from anywhere, play good defense and attack the basket.

That description is one with which Seguin's head basketball coach Bobby Thigpen agrees.

“He’s the best defender on this year’s team,” Thigpen said. “He also is our best shooter, three-point shooter, and he’s working on driving to the basket.”

Parrish is a quiet leader, the captain of the team and someone who players follow, Thigpen said.

Seguin principal Michael Hill said Parrish's leadership goes beyond the basketball team.

“He’s the type of kid you want in your school,” Hill said. “In every aspect he’s a leader. Not an in-your-face leader but one who leads by example. People tend to follow him and follow his lead.”

Currently, Parrish said leading the Cougars to a title is his main goal, but academics is something that he values.

Parrish said he plans to be a biology major in the fall and said that he has not ruled out the possibility of getting his master's degree while on campus.

“Education is key nowadays,” Parrish said. “With an education, you can pretty much do anything.”

Al Parrish, Brandon’s father, said he could not be more proud of the man that Brandon has turned out to be.

“He did what was required to make him successful,” Al Parrish said, “not only on the basketball front but in the classroom as well, which is so important to us.”

Brandon said he hopes to set an example as a freshman and bring his leadership and values to TCU.