Eufaula’s Alex Parrish - Presented by U.S Coast Guard
Alex Parish is an old school throw-back kind of player according to his coach Jeff Oliver. “Alex was a little undersized when he came here but he had a lot of good fundamentals and a competitive spirit that made it seem like he was playing with a chip on his shoulder and he’s carried that up this day. He’d just as soon hit a jump shot in your face that block your shot. He wants to prove everyday that he belongs in the conversation about the most talented players in the area.”
Parish, who also is on the Ironheads golf team, has a talent for basketball that seems to run in the family. “I just started playing when I was little. My dad put a ball in my hands and I fell in love with the game. My older sister Morgan played here and I have a little brother who’s getting pretty good,” said the junior shooting guard who averaged 13 points and just over four rebounds a game last year.
Along with senior Nick Jones, Parish figures to be one of the main motivators for this year’s squad that fell a game short of making the state tournament last year. “I think my job as one of the team leaders is just to keep everyone focused especially during practice because we have a chance to be really good this year. But we’ve got to know it won’t just be given to us,” stated Parish who is also in the National Honor Society.
Alex says he likes to watch the NBA’s Golden State Warriors play, especially Klay Thompson. “I just like his shooting form and the way he moves without the ball.”
Oliver offered some more insights into the kind of player Alex Parish has become. “Watching him as a freshman, I knew he was talented and had the potential to improve greatly. But talent isn’t the only indicator of a good player and can sometimes even disappoint you. Hard work will carry the day on those days that talent alone doesn’t work hard enough. And Alex has worked hard every year, this year building his strength and improving his defense.”
Parish and Jones along with Khelil Deere, Justis James and Jacob Fitzer form a solid returning nucleus that has a good chance of helping the Ironheads take that next step in March.