Arlen Parker

Year Inducted: 1990

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Greenville High School
The University of Michigan

Biography: Arlen Parker scored 1,627 points in three seasons at Greenville High School (Note:  There was no 3 point basket in this era). Greenville won two IHSA Regional titles with Parker leading the way. Greenville won the 1957 Paris Holiday Tournament by defeating the host school in the championship game. Greenville lost in the sectional to Collinsville at Vandalia in 1957. Parker scored 32 points and had 22 rebounds. This prompted Mac McGee of the Decatur Herald to write, “Arlen Parker, 6-3 center, was magnificent in defeat and was more than 6-7 Terry Bethel and 6-5 Tom Jackson could handle, outscoring and outrebounding both.” Parker set 13 Greenville records including most offensive rebounds in a game – 20, most defensive rebounds in a game – 17, and most interceptions – 7. Parker’s three-year scoring average was 20.9 ppg at Greenville. Upon graduation from Greenville, Parker received a full scholarship to The University of Michigan.