Andrew Parker: "I Eat, Drink, Think Cyclone"
AMES, Iowa - When Iowa State joined the Big 12 in 1996, there may not have been a more excited individual than Andrew Parker. Parker settled in Texas after his stellar basketball career at Iowa State and it afforded him many opportunities to watch his beloved Cyclones play hoops.
Parker rarely misses a game when Iowa State is in the Lone Star State, and now the former Cyclone All-American is in Ames at an event he wouldn't miss for the world either. Parker is one of eight former Iowa State stars who will be enshrined into the Iowa State Letterwinners Hall of Fame tonight.
To say Parker is excited would be a giant understatement.
"I will eat, drink, think Cyclone until the day I die," Parker said. "There is no better University than Iowa State. I haven't had a good night of sleep since Mr. Pollard called me and told me the news. This the highest honor you can get as an athlete and I am overwhelmed."
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Parker was one of the best players in the Big Eight during his Cyclone career from 1976-79. Parker was a two-time First-Team All-Big Eight selection in 1978 and 1979, leading the conference in scoring both seasons (22.4 ppg in 1978; 20.3 ppg in 1979).
In the over 100-year history of Iowa State basketball, only three Cyclones have led the league in scoring twice. Their names are Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Marcus Fizer and Andrew Parker. That's pretty impressive company.
Many Cyclone fans have forgotten the outstanding abilities of Parker in the pre-Johnny Orr era. At 6-5, 200 pounds, the southpaw had a smooth stroke and could score in the paint. Parker and Dean Uthoff, the Big Eight's all-time leading rebounder, were the cornerstones of Iowa State's 1978 squad which finished second in the Big Eight. Parker ended his career as Iowa State's third-best all-time leading scorer with 1,531 points. That total ranks 13th on the list today.
Parker was the 46th pick in the 1979 NBA Draft to the Washington Bullets. Parker participated in Washington's trip to China in the fall of 1979, but the defending NBA champions were loaded with talent and Parker was eventually the last cut.
Parker sat down with Cyclones.com to talk about his Hall of Fame induction. To watch the interview, click on the play button on the above photo.