Northridge, Calif. – Aaron Parks had never visited California before taking a basketball recruiting trip from his East Coast home in Baltimore (Md) to the West Coast, specifically the campus of Cal State Northridge.
Parks immediately knew CSUN was the place he wanted to play major college basketball.
"I enjoyed the enthusiasm, the Southern California area, the friendly people, and the enthusiasm of Coach Theus when I visited CSUN," recalls Parks. "Through hard work and the dedication of the coaching staff, I want to be a better player. The sky is the limit."
Parks told the Baltimore Sun, "Cal State Northridge is where I belong. Everybody is really happy for me. My family is really happy."
Parks is the first basketball recruit to sign a national letter of intent with new CSUN head coach Reggie Theus. Parks is a talented 6-foot-3, 198-pound guard who prepped this past season at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore, Md.
"Every time I talk with Aaron, he is in the gym or coming home from the gym," beamed Theus. "That's what I love about him. His work ethic is outstanding, and he loves to play basketball."
Parks played two seasons (junior and senior seasons) at Lake Clifton High School (Baltimore, Md) where he led the Lakers (23-3) to the 2012 Class 2A Maryland state championship. Parks, who served as team captain, scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Largo High School in the state title contest.
Because of his outstanding play in leading Lake Clifton High School to the state championship, Parks garnered state MVP championship tournament honors, All-State accolades, and All-Metro distinction by the Baltimore Sun.
At the National Prep Showcase in Connecticut, Parks displayed his basketball talents against top competition that included 22 points and three steals in one contest, and 18 points and four assists in a winning effort. At an All-Star game in Washington D.C. featuring many of the top players in the state, Parks scored 17 points. He was also named MVP of the Basketball Academy in 2012.
For his efforts, Parks gained numerous post-season honors.
After graduating from Lake Clifton in 2012, Parks moved onto to Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Ma) for a post-graduate year where he was able to display his talents at the point and shooting guard positions. At Lake Clifton, Parks played all four positions despite his 6-foot-3 frame.
At Notre Dame Prep, Parks averaged 17 points, five assists and four rebounds per game. His efforts were recognized by Hoop Dreams Magazine that named him the 30th ranked prep player in the nation.
"He really understands the value of hard work not only on the court but also in the classroom," remarked Theus. "That's what his reputation is. He will play a lot of off-guard for us, and he will also play at the point guard position. He can really get to the basket. He is strong. He will get better as time goes on. He has a lot of room for growth. He will be a solid, solid player and has the potential to be a great player."
Winning state championships has proven to be a common theme for Parks. In 2010 as a student-athlete at Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Md), Parks helped the team to the state title. In addition to leading Dunbar to a championship season as a sophomore, Parks also played football (tight end) and competed in cross country.