Mount St. Mary's has confirmed that former York High standout Kelvin Parker has been granted a release from his scholarship with the Mountaineers' basketball program.
That leaves the 6-foot, 3-inch guard/forward free to transfer to another university. If he transfers to another NCAA Division I program, Parker would have to sit out the 2013-2014 season. If he transfers to a Division II or Division III program, he would be eligible to compete immediately. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Parker was a walk-on at Penn State during his freshman season in 2011-2012. He made an immediate impact, appearing in all 29 games and starting the final 26. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds on the year and shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 29.8 minutes per game.
The Mount had a head-coaching change late in that season when Robert Burke was placed on leave for undisclosed reasons. He resigned after the season concluded. The Mount finished the season 8-21.
The Mount hired Jamion Christian in the offseason and in one of his first moves he gave Parker a scholarship.
Once the 2012-2013 season began, however, Parker saw his role severely reduced in comparison to the previous season. As the season progressed, his role increased, but his sophomore numbers still dipped significantly from his freshman season. Parker played in 28 of 32 Mount games this season, but did not start any. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 37.3 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 15.3 minutes per game.
The Mount finished 18-14 this past season and advanced to the Northeast Conference championship game.