Thursday, October 4, 2018

Don Parsons

Donald Clayton Parsons

October 25, 1929
Clifton, NJ

January 26, 2019
New Smyrna Beach, FL ??

Clifton High School - New Jersey (High School)
1946-47 Rutgers University (College) Freshmen
1947-48 Rutgers University (College)
1948-49 Rutgers University (College)
1949-50 Rutgers University (College)
1950-51 Paterson Crescents (ABL)

Born to Clayton and Anna Parsons, Don was a basketball star at Rutgers. Parsons was drafted by the New York Knicks in the sixth round of the 1950 draft. However, he turned down the $3800 contract offered by the Knicks to work at Bendix in Teterboro, New Jersey. He did, however, play with the nearby Paterson Crescents in the ABL for a year, being so close to his place of employment.

He and his wife, Willy, had a son, Gary, who was a Division 2 Basketball Player of the Year at Rollins College in Florida. Parsons' grandson, Chandler, plays in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Source:, March 15, 2011


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