"I didn't transfer because Centenary did nothing wrong," Parish says. "And I have no regrets. None."
Since Centenary's schedule includes no highly ranked opponents—most big-name schools are understandably reluctant to face the embarrassment of losing to a team that does not exist—Parish is not often challenged. So there is lingering doubt about how he would fare against stiffer competition. Says one pro scout, "The jury is still out as to whether Parish can win games for a pro team. He can definitely play in the pros and he's going to get a lot of money, but that doesn't mean he's going to be another Abdul-Jabbar."
Parish looked a little like Kareem in Centenary's season opener last week in Mobile against South Alabama, the country's highest-scoring major college team last year with 92.8 points per game. In an 82-68 victory he scored 22 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and blocked four shots. Centenary diligently sent the statistics to the NCAA, as it has after every game the last three seasons. But no one seems to know whether or not the figures are recorded. If Parish plays as well as expected this season, it may be that the No. 1 pro draft choice next spring will be a man who never played a college game. Just ask N.C. Doubleay.