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Senior Guard Jason Parker leads the Hurricane into the 2003-04 Season

Senior guard Jason Parker leads a young Hurricane team  this season.
Senior guard Jason Parker leads a young Hurricane team this season.
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Oct. 20, 2003

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Returning to lead the Hurricane backcourt during his senior season is Jason Parker. The 6'2" guard led Tulsa in scoring, assists and steals a year ago, but this year will add the leadership role to his forte.

Parker scored at a 15.4 clip last year, while adding 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals. He scored in double-figures 28 times, and hit the 30-point barrier twice, including 33 points at Louisiana Tech and 30 points against Wichita State.

A second-team all-WAC selection a year ago, Parker led the Hurricane in scoring 12 times, assists 17 times and steals 18 times. Parker was recently named a preseason first-team all-WAC selection by both the league's media and coaches.

The versatile Parker, who can play both guard positions, will have the job of helping a young backcourt fit into the Tulsa system this year. Aside from 6'6" swingman Jarius Glenn, the Hurricane will have a youthful backcourt with three sophomores and two freshmen.

Glenn, a strong and powerful athlete, has the ability to go inside and out. He turned in a solid season as a sophomore starter by averaging 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Glenn had career-highs last year of 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while scoring in double-figures in 15 games.

Both Parker and Glenn have the ability to take over a game, and there may be times where the inexperienced youth looks for them to do just that.

After Parker and Glenn, sophomores Seneca Collins (6'4") and Chris Wallace (6'2") bring the most experience. As true freshmen a year ago, they both averaged just over seven minutes of playing time per game. As the season grew so did the playing time for both Collins and Wallace. Collins had seven of the final 13 games with double-digit minutes, while Wallace saw double-figure playing time in seven games on the year.

A sharpshooter in high school, Collins demonstrated his ability to knock down shots last year and will have to be consistent this season. He tallied nine points on 3-of-4 from three-point range at SMU, and had 12 points with four three-pointers against UTEP in the first round of the WAC Tournament.

Collins averaged 1.8 points while converting on 32-percent of his three-point shots. A point guard, Wallace has a knack for distributing the ball and gives Tulsa another solid defender in the backcourt. He averaged 1.2 points last year and added 21 assists. Wallace gave Tulsa a huge boost with three points and three assists in eight minutes against Oral Roberts last year. He had a season-high 10 points in a regular season meeting against UTEP.

A third sophomore, Trevor Meier (6'5"), is another perimeter scorer for the Hurricane. He played in only 11 games as a redshirt freshman last year, and had season-bests of seven points vs. Hawaii and five rebounds against UTEP. Sophomore walk-on Kyle Blankenship (6-0), who redshirted last year, brings maturity and depth to the Hurricane.

A pair of freshmen from the state of Texas, Kenneth Kelley (6'1") and Brett McDade (6'0"), brings quickness and athletic ability to the Tulsa roster.

Kelley, a three-year starter at Dallas' Carter High School, averaged 21.3 points and over eight rebounds and six assists throughout his prep career. He was selected as the District Player of the Year as a senior while averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

McDade was also a three-year starter as he starred at Denton Ryan High School. As a senior, McDade scored at a 26.8 clip and added 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals while leading his team to a 27-6 record and regional semifinal appearance. An all-state first team selection in Class 4A, McDade completed his prep career as the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,132 career points.

Freshman walk-on Sam Belt (6'4") averaged 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his senior season at Broken Arrow High School.

Tuesday: The Tulsa Frontcourt will be featured on www.tulsahurricane.com