Kelvin Parker entered Northwest Missouri State as a young skinny kid, but his hard work and leadership skills quickly took hold and by the time he left Maryville he’d be known by titles such as: MIAA Most Valuable Player and MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.
A two-sport star at Raytown South High School, he not only earned All-State honors on the hardwood, but also on the gridiron as a member of the Cardinal football team.
Kelvin’s hard work earned him accolades, but his personality and wit are what endeared him not only to his teammates and coaches, but to Bearcat fans as well. One of the most respected individuals by the student body during his time at Northwest, Kelvin showed his love for his community through his passion for basketball. He spent numerous hours inside Bearcat Arena not only working on his game, but helping younger kids improve their game during his free time.
He led the Bearcats in scoring 24 times as a senior including a 27-point performance in the South Central Region Championship to help Northwest knock off Drury in Stephenville, Texas. The same season he added a career high 31 points in an overtime win at Pittsburg State after the Bearcats had been dealt their first loss of the season three nights earlier against Washburn.
The lefty was not afraid to take anyone on as evidenced by his “glare” which appeared as game time approached. He finished his career having played in more MIAA games than any player in league history and is the all-time leader at Northwest in assists and free throw percentage and ranks second in career steals.
Kelvin is currently continuing his basketball career at the professional level overseas.