Photos by John Russell of the Vanderbilt-Texas A&M men's basketball game on February 15.
General: Played in all 36 games as a true freshman and 25 as a sophomore...Became one of the team's top perimeter defenders towards the end of the 2011-12 campaign....Was a standout three-sport athlete in high school.
2012-13 (Sophomore): Played in 25 games, and started the last 19...Missed the first eight games of the season due to a suspension for a violation of non-academic team policy...Scored a career-high 18 points in 34 minutes vs. South Carolina at Memorial Gym (3/9)...Tallied double figures in seven games...Made career-high six field goals and a career-high five threes, in 17-point effort in win over Texas A&M (2/16)...Grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in win at Mississippi State (2/23)...Posted an 11-point and nine-rebound performance at LSU (2/6)...Made career-high six free throws at South Carolina (1/19).
2011-12 (Freshman): Averaged 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game in his freshman season...Scored a career-high 10 points in win over Monmouth (11/25)...Had a career-best five rebounds and made career-high four free throws in win over Georgia at Memorial Gym (1/14)...Made two threes against Monmouth and vs. Auburn (1/7)...Played a season-high 22 minutes against Bucknell (11/15).
High School: Averaged 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in his senior season at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga....His 2010 Milton team captured the Class 5A state championship, and the 2011 team won the regional championship...Named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, while also being named to the All-Region and All-State first team...Lettered three seasons in basketball, one in football, and one in baseball, and served three years as the captain of his basketball team...Milton teammates Shannon Scott (Ohio State), Julian Royal (Georgia Tech), and Jordan Loyd (Furman) all signed to play Division I basketball.
Personal: Dai-Jon Cortez Daione Parker... Oct. 3, 1992... Son of Deirdre Parker... Has two brothers, Damien (28) and Eric (20), and one sister, Dumariera (24)... Majoring in Sociology... Advice to youngsters: "Get the grades, basketball isn't going anywhere."
Points: 18, vs. South Carolina (3/9/13)
FG Made: 6, vs. Texas A&M (2/16/13)
FG Atts: 10, vs. Bucknell (11/15/11)
3FG Made: 5, vs. Texas A&M (2/16/13)
3FG Atts: 7, 2x, last vs. Texas A&M (2/16/13)
FT Made: 6, at South Carolina (1/19/13)
FT Atts: 7, 2x, last at South Carolina (1/19/13)
Rebounds: 13, at Mississippi State (2/23/13)
Assists: 6, at Mississippi State (2/23/13)
Turnovers: 5, at South Carolina (1/19/13)
Blocks: 3, vs. William & Mary (1/2/13)
Steals: 3, vs. Georgia (2/27/13)
Minutes: 38, 2x, last vs. Texas A&M (2/16/13)