Anthony Parker induction is a slam dunk
Anthony Parker in the NBA
FG / FGA / PCT: 1661 / 3744 / .444
3P / 3PA / PCT: 596 / 1474/ .404
FT / FTA / PCT: 560 / 705 / .794
Visit bradley.edu/go/ht-parker to see video of Anthony Parker’s induction into the Bradley Hall of Fame and
highlights of the game with Texas-Pan Am.
Former NBA player and Bradley standout ANTHONY PARKER ’97 (shown above with Bradley President Joanne Glasser) was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the November 12, 2012, game against Texas-Pan American. Bradley won the contest 78-61 at the Renaissance Coliseum. Parker also was the featured speaker at the first Braves Club Game Day luncheon of the season, which was attended by about 350 fans.
“I owe what I am and what I believe in to my time here at Bradley,” Parker said. “It means a lot. It’s a huge honor. I look at this as an opportunity to thank people who helped me along the way. The special Bradley moments are about more than what happened on the court. Being part of the team is a bond we share going forward.”
A member of the Bradley Basketball Team of the Century, Parker was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1996 and was a first-team All-MVC selection in 1996 and 1997. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets but began his pro career with Philadelphia after a trade. He was officially elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007, but his NBA travel schedule prevented induction ceremonies until last fall.
“With his athleticism and talent, you knew you were never out of a game,” said Bradley teammate CHAD KLEINE ’97, now the color commentator on Bradley radio broadcasts.
After three years in the NBA, Parker played in Israel for six seasons. He was twice named a Euroleague MVP and was selected one of the top 50 players in the history of European Club basketball. He returned to the NBA in 2006 with the Toronto Raptors and played in a total of 494 NBA games with four teams before retiring from the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2012. He now scouts trade, free agent, and college prospects for the Orlando Magic.
“I enjoy the game, and I’m learning a different part of it,” Parker said about his current job.
He also noted the Bradley connection he found in his NBA travels. “Every time I go on the road, there are Bradley people who come up with Bradley sweatshirts on,” Parker remarked. “It’s cool. It’s a special bond when you see somebody from Bradley.”
Parker was impressed with his return to campus, noting the Coliseum is on the site of Robertson Memorial Field House, where he and his teammates practiced.
“I feel proud about it. It’s on another level,” he said about the campus and its changes. “It feels natural, but so much has changed. I still remember exactly what the Field House looked like. I still remember the smell of it — walking across the floor, the creaks.”
– Bob Grimson ’81
at Indiana State
WAOE (Peoria area)
at Northern Iowa
vs. Southern Illinois
vs. Illinois State
WAOE (Peoria area)
vs. Northern Iowa
ESPNU or ESPN3
at Illinois State
WTVP (Peoria area)
Mediacom 22 (Peoria area)
Bracketbuster vs. TBA
WAOE (Peoria area)
at Missouri State
March 7–9: MVC-TV
March 10: CBS
Two games feature the broadcast team of BRIAN
BEDO ’07 calling the play-by-play and DANNY
ADAMS ’06 with analysis. They are covering the
Jan. 15 game against Southern Illinois and the
Feb. 27 contest against Creighton. The pair also
teamed up for two games earlier in the season.
BOLD: home games
WTVP will show the Bradley women’s basketball home game vs. Creighton on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Two other home games will be shown on tape delay by Mediacom. Airing dates and times will be announced for the Jan. 18 game against Northern Iowa and the Feb. 21 contest against Drake. Visit bradleybraves.com for an update.