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Whitehouse star receiver becomes QB on the basketball court

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Jake Parker enjoys lighting up the basketball court. He loves catching touchdowns more.

Despite catching 14 touchdowns as a senior, he's still waiting on a division one scholarship.

"He's highly underrated," said Whitehouse senior Patrick Mahomes.  "He's a great guy that can make a lot of plays no matter what sport he plays."

Parker enjoys proving his doubters wrong.  Catching a touchdown, or sinking a 3 pointer.

"That's how it is at first," said Parker.  "Someone's guarding me and they're like 'I don't know,' then I blow by them a couple of times and they realize I can play."

One of the best receivers in Texas, Parker has become the quarterback on the basketball court. The Wildcats guard has helped lead Whitehouse to a first place tie in district 16-4A with John Tyler and Jacksonville.

Parker is averaging more than ten points per game and leading the Wildcats in rebounds.

"In football I get the ball and make the pass and he (Parker) makes the plays," said Mahomes. "When it comes to basketball, he makes the plays and passes to me and I get to finish."

Parker enjoys the added responsibility.

"Coach Kelley has confidence in me," said Parker.  "He tells me the play. I bring it down the court and I feel like I have control of everybody."

Football, basketball, even baseball, Parker produces points.  He also produces wins.  He has the rare chance to win three district championships in the same school year.

"Me and Pat that's been our goal because we're the only two that plays all three sports (football, basketball, baseball)," said Parker.  "We call it the triple crown. Anything I do I try to compete and be the best I can be. Surprise anybody. It's a new surprise everyday with me. You'll never know what you'll see."

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