MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- Following an All-American two year run at Iowa Central Community College, Terell Parks came to Western Illinois with the frame.
He just needed some bulk.
Since his arrival Parks has added more than 20 pounds thanks to more work in the weight room and an expanded diet.
"Back in the day I was just a frail little guy and then I came (to WIU) and I'm like 240-250 (pounds) now," Parks indicated.
"That helps me alot, being able to bang down low with alot of the bigger guys."
Parks is a rarity at the mid-major level.
There aren't many programs who can boast a 6'8" player in the interior, let alone one with the skill set Parks possesses.
"He's athletic and he has size," Western senior guard Ceola Clark said.
"At 6'8" 250 (pounds) you don't even see that at the higher levels of (NCAA) Division I. Terell has been great this year."
And Parks is more comfortable in his second season in Macomb.
"I know the system more now and I know what to expect around the league. It's just good being a senior, and obviously not a junior, because you have a year of experience."
Statistically, Parks is in the Top 50 nationally in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks per game, and double doubles. But more importantly, he's helped the Leathernecks win 10 consecutive games.
"We have to take it a game at a time and we don't overlook anybody," Parks said,
"The coaches do a great job with the scouting report and we just try to focus on that and go game-by-game."
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