Small forward aiming high - Callum Parsons

Written by Lachlan Onions

Small forward aiming high. USC Rip City small forward Callum Parsons is currently competing in the inaugural NBL1 North campaign.

Parsons, 19, has also played for the University of the Sunshine Coast Spartans team whilst taking part in his university studies.

Parsons has taken inspiration from none other than two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and that “his work ethic and all-round effort” is something he aims towards.

“When Giannis was a rookie, he wasn’t really big-named but once he started building up muscle and all, people started realising that this guy is good, he’s long, athletic, he really is a freak, hence the nickname ‘Greek Freak’,” he said.

“So yeah, that’s the person I want to play like as well.”

Parsons is no stranger to playing at a competitive level, on a number of occasions he has made the Queensland State team, labelling it as a “highlight of his career.”

“In 2017 it was actually my second year being in the State team, and all the other guys were top-age.

“So, they would have all been 17 years old and I was the only 16-year-old, so absolutely no one expected me to make that team, so to make it was a really special,” Parsons said.

He was also co-captain of the Queensland team in 2018, something he looks back on as an honour in what has already been a successful junior career.

Parsons is hoping this new competition can be what he needs to get noticed by professional teams.

“I want to get into the NBL, that’s my main goal at the moment, hopefully get into the Brisbane Bullets side,” he said.

Callum Parsons finished the senior representative season with MVP of QSL1. Callum will now wait for surgery on a shoulder injury before rehab and getting back on the court. We wish Callum the best of luck with his recovery.

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