Emmitsburg, Md. (May 3, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's guard Kelvin Parker (York, Pa./William Penn) has been awarded a scholarship beginning next season, announced head men's basketball coach Jamion Christian. Parker, a freshman walk-on this past season, averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Mount during the 2011-12 season.
A 6-3 guard, Parker started 26 of 29 games his freshman campaign, averaging 29.8 minutes per game. He shot 42.8 percent from the floor and was 43-of-120 (.358) from three-point range during the season. He closed out the season with his first career double-double, tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the Mount's 71-62 win at Bryant.
"Anytime you get a chance to reward someone who has done everything the right way and put in the long hours towards excellence, it is a gratifying feeling for everyone involved," said Christian. "Kelvin's tremendous dedication to Mount St. Mary's and his ability to help us move into the top part of the league became evident last season. We are very excited to have him as a part of our family and are looking forward to many great things for him both in the classroom and on the basketball floor. We strive to be a program that constantly rewards those who do the right thing and who exemplify everything it embodies to be a proud member of our family."
Parker averaged 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over the final 10 games of the season, including a career-high 21-point effort in the Mount's 77-63 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. That performance helped Parker earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors that week.
Christian also announced that Ja'Colby Wells will graduate this year and forego his final year of eligibility. Wells, a redshirt his freshman year, averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 18 games played this season. For his career, the 6-7 forward appeared in 63 games, tallying 114 points, 91 rebounds and 39 blocks. He had career averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.
Additionally, Christian announced that freshman guard Chad Holley will not be returning to the team next season. Holley appeared in 28 games this past season, averaging 3.3 points and 0.9 rebounds.