Damari Parris entered the transfer portal on Thursday, March 19 as he has one year of eligibility remaining. Parris has already transferred once during his college career as he played for Western Kentucky during the 2016-17 season before coming to Eastern Michigan. Parris only played for the Eagles during the 2018-19 campaign.
Parris went to Western Kentucky as a freshman and averaged 3.0 points, 0.8 assists, and 0.8 rebounds per game. Parris played in 24 games at an average of 10.8 minutes per game. Even in limited minutes, Parris was efficient, connecting on 33.3% of his 3-pointers and 85% from the free throw line. He averaged 11.2 points per 40 minutes.
He announced his decision to transfer in 2017 and joined the Eastern Michigan program. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Parris had to sit out the 2017-18 season, before playing the following year with the Eagles. He got more playing time with EMU, compiling 20 games, 11 starts, and 14.6 minutes per game, and his production increased as well.
Parris averaged 3.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 rebounds per game with the Eagles. His efficiency dipped a bit as he shot 22.7% from 3-point range and 30.8% from the field, but his free throw shooting (80%) remained consistent. Per 40 minutes, Parris averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 assists in 2018-19 with Eastern Michigan.
Eastern Michigan will return the majority of their roster as center Boubacar Toure is the only graduating senior. With that said, though, it remains to be seen whether or not there will be more transfers. As it stands now, Parris and Jalen King are the only players to announce their decision to transfer. Parris hasn’t decided where he’ll play next year.