By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Rice men's basketball coach Scott Pera has announced the signing of Josh Parrish to a national letter of intent for the 2017-18 school year, Pera announced Monday morning. Parrish, a 6-5 guard who played his freshman season at TCU, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"Today I am excited to announce the signing of Josh Parrish," said Pera. "Josh will be a great fit for how we want to play moving forward. He is a big, strong and athletic guard that will help us continue to press and play with a style that fits his abilities. He will also bring a level of toughness after competing in one of the best conferences in America and for one of the country's top coaches. Off the court he is everything that we are looking for in a Rice student-athlete. He will be a contributor in all aspects of campus life."
As a freshman at TCU, Parris saw action in 12 games, scoring 10 points. He scored the final points against Georgia Tech to give the Horned Frogs the NIT Championship.
Parris starred at Seguin High School in Arlington. During his senior campaign, he averaged 20.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. His performance earned him 14-5A Co-MVP and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year. Following the season, he was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-Region II Team. As a junior, he was named First Team All-District after averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 boards and 3.5 assists.
Parrish was ranked in the Rivals 150 nationally at No. 149. The 6-foot-5 guard was a four-star recruit according to MaxPreps and ranked as the 15th best player in the state of Texas by 247Sports. He was also listed as the No. 37 ranked small forward in the class of 2016 and was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com while Texashoops.com had him as the 13th-ranked player in the state of Texas.
Parrish joins guards Alec Spence and Najja Hunter and forward Malik Osborne as part of the 2017-18 recruiting class.