Angel Parker, a two-time All-Western New York first-team selection for Cardinal O’Hara High School, has joined the Niagara University women’s basketball team, the school announced on Monday.
Parker had signed with Siena College during the early signing period, but asked for and received her release in May.
Parker, who said she is on scholarship at Niagara, asked for a release from Siena because she was having stomach issues and was unsure if she would be able to play. But she later found a specialist to help with her health problem and decided to attend Niagara to begin her college education.
“It’s close to home. It’s literally right here,” said Parker, who lives in Tonawanda. “It’s close to family and it’s a really nice environment. Great people.
“They’re a really great group. I just felt really welcomed. I was accepted right away as part of the family. It felt good.”
A 5-foot-6 guard, Parker averaged 13.5 points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds per game to lead the Hawks to their sixth consecutive Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association playoff title last season.
She was the Sister Maria Pares Buffalo News Player of the Year in 2017-18 as a junior, and she is a two-time Monsignor Martin Player of the Year.
“We are excited to add Angel to our Purple Eagle family,” Niagara coach Jada Pierce said in a statement. “She is not only a really good basketball player, but she is a terrific person. Angel is one of the toughest competitors on and off the court, which is why she excelled in the classroom at nearby Cardinal O’Hara High School.”
Parker competed at the club level with the Gauchos out of New York City.
“It’s gotten a lot better,” Parker said of her stomach. “I’m feeling pretty good. I’m excited to be back playing.”