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UCLA, USC each sign one men's basketball player

Bruins land guard De'End Parker, a transfer from City College of San Francisco, and Trojans get Greg Allen, a guard from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

April 13, 2011|By Ben Bolch and Mike Hiserman

UCLA and USC each announced the signing of one player Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA regular signing period for men's basketball.

At UCLA, the signing marked De'End of an era.

After going 23 years between noteworthy junior college transfers, the Bruins on Wednesday signed De'End Parker, a 6-foot-6 guard from City College of San Francisco who will become the second junior college player on their roster.

Junior guard Lazeric Jones, a transfer from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., averaged 9.1 points for UCLA last season and was the only player to start every game.

The last junior college player to make a significant impact for the Bruins before Jones was Jack Haley during the 1986-87 season.

Parker averaged 12 points, six rebounds and five assists last season for San Francisco, which won the California Community College Athletic Assn. title in March. He shot 43% from three-point range and will help fill the void at shooting guard and small forward created by the departures of Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt.

"When UCLA offered me a scholarship, I was really excited, and I knew it was a no-brainer after speaking with my family," Parker, who had initially committed to California, said in a statement. " … I know that I can come in and make an immediate impact."

Parker, the youngest of seven children, received his first name during birth when his mother decided her childbearing days were over.

USC signed Greg Allen, a 6-3 guard from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. He averaged 11.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and shot nearly 40% from three-point range. Allen originally signed with Creighton out of Eureka (Calif.) High in 2009, but he never enrolled there. He averaged 25.1 points as a high school senior.

"He has the ability to shoot the ball and defend the opposition's best player, which will be important and allow him to make an immediate impact on our program," USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said.

USC's incoming class of recruits also includes wing Byron Wesley from Etiwanda High, guard Alexis Moore of Long Beach Poly and center James Blasczyk of Lee College in Baytown, Texas, who each signed in the early signing period.

The Trojans should also have forwards Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller. Dedmon transferred from Antelope Valley College and Fuller from Iowa.

UCLA signed Norman Powell, a 6-3 guard from San Diego Lincoln High in the early signing period, and have David and Travis Wear, 6-10 twins who sat out last season after transferring from North Carolina.

ben.bolch@latimes.com

mike.hiserman@latimes.com

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