THE FLATS – Georgia Tech guard Bubba Parham, a 5-11 transfer from VMI, has received NCAA approval waiving his required year of residency and will be eligible immediately to compete for the Yellow Jackets, head coach Josh Pastner announced Wednesday. Parham has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Parham transferred to Tech in June after two standout seasons at VMI in Lexington, Va., where he earned second-team All-South Conference honors in 2018-19 and was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2017-18. He started all 62 games for the Keydets over two seasons, scoring 1,125 points and averaging 18.1 points per game. In two seasons, he connected on 37.2 percent of his three-point field goal tries, making 2.8 per game, and 79.5 percent of his free throw attempts.
“We’re excited to have Bubba in our program and thankful that the NCAA has allowed him the opportunity to play immediately,” said Tech head coach Josh Pastner, in his fourth season on The Flats. “We’re thankful for the time and effort put into this process by our compliance staff. Bubba is a fine young man. He gives us another offensive threat, and he’s a guard who has great speed and outside shooting ability.”
Last season, Parham led the Southern Conference with 21.4 points per game, scoring 30 points or more nine times, the most for a SoCon player since Stephen Curry logged 15 such games in 2008-09. Among those games was a 35-point effort with a school-record 10 three-pointers at Kentucky, and a career-high 41 points with six three-pointers and 17-of-18 performance from the foul line against in the Southern Conference tournament. He led the SoCon with 3.63 three-point field goals per game and made 39.7 percent of his attempts.
Coach Pastner on Bubba Parham become eligible for the 2019-20 season.
As a freshman, Parham topped the VMI scoring chart with 14.6 points per game, 16.6 per game in conference play. He led the Keydets in scoring 15 times, reaching double figures 24 times and surpassing 20 points in seven games. He hit on 33.1 percent of his three-point tries and made nearly two per game.
As a senior at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Parham was named Gwinnett County Player of the Year and Region 7-AAAAAAA Player of the year. He finished his career with 1,341 points, No. 3 on the school’s all-time scoring list.
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