April 17, 2013
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AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team has signed junior college guard Kiani Parker to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced Wednesday. Parker, a native of Crestview, Fla., played the last two seasons at Northwest Florida State College.
"We are excited for Kiani to join the team," said Williams-Flournoy. "She is a great athlete that has played on a very good team there at Northwest Florida and, being a junior college transfer, she will add maturity and experience to our lineup. She is a long, athletic player that had almost four steals a game as a sophomore, so she will fit right in with our system."
Parker will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013-14 season. She is the third player ever from Northwest Florida to sign with Auburn, joining Tamela McCorvey (2006) and Tara Williams (1995). McCorvey, who graduated from Auburn in 2008, is Parker's assistant coach at Northwest Florida.
"Auburn is a good program that showed me a lot of interest," said Parker. "When I visited, I felt comfortable with the coaching staff. The more we talked, the more we built a relationship. I just felt like it was a family up there."
Parker helped lead Northwest Florida State College to the NJCAA national quarterfinals, averaging 11.0 points with 3.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Parker was a force to reckon with on the defensive end, as she racked up 108 steals on the season, ranking 12th in the nation at 3.9 per game. Parker was named to the Panhandle Conference First Team and All-State Team for her efforts last season.
The Raiders finished her sophomore season with a 26-5 record and a 9-3 mark in Panhandle Conference play. The run in the NJCAA Tournament was the first for Northwest Florida since the 1994-95 season.
As a freshman, Parker was named to the Panhandle Conference Second Team after averaging 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She helped Northwest Florida to a 23-6 record.
While playing for Holly McDaniel at Fort Walton Beach High School, Parker was a four-year varsity starter and was selected to the First-Team Northwest Florida Daily News All-Area Team while also earning All-Conference honors as a junior and a senior.
Parker is the sixth member of Williams-Flournoy's first signing class, joining Keonna Farmer, Katie Frerking, Brandy Montgomery, Allina Starr and Meagan Tucker.