August 17, 2012

Uu goes with the Hartford

Kevin McCarthy

The timeline got a little tighter than Parker Uu wished but in the end he is heading off to college soon on a basketball scholarship.

photo of Parker Uu

Attaining one of his high school goals of a full ride with a D-I basketball program,. Uu has accepted a scholarship from the University of Hartford, located in the Connecticut state capital. In a coincidence, he's coming out of Jesuit High, which is in Carmichael, a suburb of California's state government seat, Sacramento.

But the granddaddy of all tie-ins is that the Hartford roster boasted one Drake Uu back in the 2008-2009 season. Drake is Parker's brother but he decided he wanted to be closer to home and transferred to Cal Poly after his freshman season. The matter was classily handled and obviously there were no hard feelings.

So why the American East Conference Hawks for Parker?

"It is ironic because my brother went there," Uu said, explaining the time line and circumstances. "I was injured when the [basketball] circuit started up in April so I was still looking for a school this summer and thinking about prep school. But Hartford was open and honest and I built a good relationship with Coach Gallagher [head coach John Gallagher] and Coach G [Assistant Coach Chris Gerlufson]. I toured the campus and played with some of the guys attending summer school. I'm looking forward to going in and earning time right away."

Uu believes he'll be positioned at the two and three spots. He'll be bringing "my ability to shoot, drive the lane and pass. I have a good understanding of the game."

What also worked is his interest in majoring in business and Hartford having one of the better programs in the country. The school overall student-faculty ratio is 12:1. "It's a great academic fit," Uu, who owns a 3.5 grade point average, said.

Asked to look back at his high school hoops career and select a best moment, Uu thought for a moment and responded, "the overall journey representing my high school and making it to Arco, playing in a big time arena." Jesuit took down De La Salle 44-41 before falling to Sheldon High 61-56.

Pleasant Grove graduate Glen Akerland is also a Hawk, having transferred in from Mesa JC so someone from the same area will be a teammate.

Uu also offered, "I want to thank [Compton Magic] Coach Etop [Udo-Ema], Coach [Greg] Harcos at Jesuit, Phil Handy, [Grant High Coach] Denard Wilson, as well as my brother. for helping me achieve this."

He finished with, "it's good to know where I'm going and it's great to be a Hawk."