Santa delivered an early present for Albion College senior guard ArShawn Parker on Christmas Eve.
Parker, a Detroit product who prepped at Mumford High School, was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the first time in his career after going off for a career-high 38 points in the Britons 83-77 Dec. 19 non-league victory over Aurora University.
Parker produced 34 of those points over the final 13 ½ minutes as Albion stormed back from 20 points down to earn the victory. He made his final 13 shots. Three of his baskets were layups immediately following a steal.
At one point, Parker scored 25 in a row for the Britons.
"I've been around basketball for a long time and I've never seen anything like it," Albion Head Coach Jody May said of Parker's performance against Aurora. "Without ArShawn, we were in trouble. He gave us the spark we needed and we started playing harder – playing defense and getting some stops."
Parker finished the game shooting 88 percent (15-of-17) from the field. According to NCAA statistics, that's the 18th-best performance by a Division III and best by a MIAA player so far this season.
It's the most points scored by a MIAA player this season.
With the victory over Aurora, Albion took a 6-3 record into a holiday break which ends Dec. 28 when it takes the court against Grove City (Pa.) College in an opening round game of a tournament in Bluffton, Ohio.