Cole-Johnson, Parker make All-Region 23 team

Cole-Johnson, Parker make All-Region 23 team

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's Davion Cole-Johnson and Zach Parker have been named to the All-Region 23 men's basketball team, voted on by the coaches.

 

Cole-Johnson, who is from Glen Ellyn, Ill., and had never played organized basketball before coming to Perkinston, averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

 

The 6-foot-4 slashing forward shot nearly 51 percent from the floor. It's his second selection to the All-Region team.

 

"He'd never played a basketball game with officials until he played in our first scrimmage game last year," Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. "He's a tremendously talented kid with a great work ethic. He bought into everything we tried to get him to do. It's a great success story for a guy who works hard and tried to do the best he could do."

 

Parker, a 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore guard from Biloxi, averaged 17.0 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the 3-point line. He grabbed 3.9 rebounds and dished out 2.9 assists per game.

 

Parker broke a bone his foot as a true freshman, and averaged 7.2 points as a redshirt freshman. He took a huge leap thanks to a dedication to conditioning over the summer.

 

"When he came back this fall, he'd lost 25 pounds," Weathers said. He looked like a complete different guy," Weathers said. "It flipped everything he did. He ended up being one of the premier scorers in his league, if not country."

 

Both players are being heavily recruited by four-year schools.

 

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