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SkyHawks Sign St. Louis Native Johnny Parker

May 23, 2002 - United States Basketball League (USBL) - St. Louis SkyHawks News Release

St. Louis, Mo.~ The St. Louis SkyHawks of the United States Basketball League (USBL), announced today the signing of Johnnie Parker and Tes Whitlock to their 2002 roster. Parker and Whitlock will debut in their first game this Friday, May 24 vs. the Kansas Cagerz at the University of Missour-St. Louis Mark Twain Basketball Arena at 7:00 p.m.

Parker, a 6-8, 220 pound rookie forward, is a former University of Missouri Tiger, where he played from 1997-2001 under coaches Norm Stewart and Quinn Snyder. In four years at Mizzou he totaled 493 points (4.2 ppg) and 363 rebounds (3.1 rpg) in 118 games played. Prior to his collegiate career as a Tiger, the St. Louis native was a standout at Webster Groves High School, where he helped lead the Statesmen to the state championship in 1996.

Whitlock joins the SkyHawks after beginning the 2002 USBL season with Midwestern Division rival Kansas Cagerz. The 6-1, 185 pound guard brings six years of professional experience to St. Louis, previously playing in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), the Continental Basketball Association (CBA)/International Basketball League (IBL) and International Basketball Association (IBA). Whitlock played collegiate basketball at the University of Hawaii from 1993-1996.

On Friday, May 24 the SkyHawks return to the Mark Twain Arena to host the Kansas Cagerz at 7:00 p.m. St. Louis is 0-3 against Kansas this season, following Tuesday’s (5/21), 115-85, loss at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, KS. The SkyHawks head into Friday’s contest with a 5-2 home record, looking to tally their first victory of the season against the Cagerz.

St. Louis returns to their home court on Sunday, May 26, for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off against the Adirondack Wildcats. Led by former NBA player Mike Sanders, the Wildcats (10-5) travel to St. Louis with a 1-0 series lead vs. the SkyHawks, following the May 15 contest, when Adirondack defeated St. Louis, 124-95, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Wildcats are led by rookie forward Corsley Edwards, averaging 19.3 points per game. Adirondack’s 2002 roster also includes NFL star Terrell Owens.

Don’t miss this weekend’s basketball action at the Mark Twain Arena. For tickets and general information on the SkyHawks, call 314.367.4600 x409. Tickets can also be purchased through MetroTix at 314.534.1111 or online at

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