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Parker entered the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2004.
On February 17, 2005, Tennessee announced Parker would redshirt her first season due to a knee injury.
Parker has been selected to six All-WNBA teams and three All-Star teams, and was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.
Parker was born on April 19, 1986 to Sara and Larry Parker in St. She has two older brothers: Anthony Parker, who is a former NBA basketball player, and Marcus Parker, who is a doctor.
Her father played basketball at the University of Iowa in the 1970s.Parker was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in a college game—she set both milestones as a redshirt freshman on March 19, 2006.She also became only the second player to dunk in a WNBA game on June 22, 2008.In leading the Lady Vols to two consecutive national championships, Parker was named the Final Four's most outstanding player in both occasions, and was a two-time consensus national player of the year.Parker has won a WNBA championship (2016), two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2008, 2013), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2016), WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2008).