Guess what Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski had to say AFTER scouting one of Atlanta’s top prospects in person??

Coach K wants TP badly (AP)

Coach K wants TP badly (AP)

One of the nation’s top juniors put on a show for Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday night.

With Coach K and two assistants watching inches inches away from the front row, Miller Grove’s Tony Parker had 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a 85-44 win over Douglass.

“It was great to see a basketball legend sitting across from our team,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “He kept his eye on Tony, and it was a great moment for our kids and the school.”

What did Coach K say after the game? “He said that he really liked Tony, and that he thought he would fit well into the program.  He had a lot of nice things to say about our team. He was really impressed with our quickness and intensity on defense.”

A few fans asked the Duke coach for an autograph, but for the most part he was left alone.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Parker has more than 40 scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech and Georgia. Tuesday’s game was his seventh “double-double” in points and rebounds in the last eight games.

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39 comments Add your comment


December 14th, 2010
10:37 pm

Great for the young man.

KC in Smyrna

December 14th, 2010
11:42 pm

I’m a GT alum/fan. I hope he stays in state. There is no reason for local talent to play outside the Georgia borders. Pick GT or UGA. The college bball in state should be much better. Neither school is holding up our ends.


December 15th, 2010
12:00 am

KC, I agree! I am a Dawg fan, but I wish all the state talent would play for Dawgs or Jackets.


December 15th, 2010
1:43 am

i been saying that for the longest hands down in basketball and football


December 15th, 2010
2:21 am

My desire to have great teams for GT is out weighed by my desire for STUDENT/Athletes to go to college to get a degree and graduate. I would love GT to win championships all the time, but would rather have the players graduate and get good jobs. Duke is a great school and so is UNC. I hope Mark Price’s daughter has a great career playing tennis at UNC. I also hope Urban’s Daughter Nicki Meyer has a great career in volleyball at Tech. I really want them both to get their degrees over anything else.


December 15th, 2010
3:32 am

Getting a good degree is important and all, but considering Duke, Tech, and UGA are all good schools, I don’t see the pertinence.

With a big time ACC school (or what used to be historically and with Coach Cremins) in state, as well as an upstart SEC program, it is disappointing that more Georgia recruits don’t stay at home. However, the major problem at Tech is complete lack of any credible coaching. Hewitt can recruit some blue chippers who are 1 and done, but they are almost always getting better coaching while in HS by their AAU coaches and even their school’s coaches. Every year he stays with the program Tech will continue to slide. However, Mark Fox has shown that he can potentially recruit some big time players, as he recently signed Kentavius Caldwell.

With that being said, Duke is a storied program with one of the best college coaches of all time. They also are coming off a National Championship last year and are poised to make a run at back-to-back titles.


December 15th, 2010
7:24 am

Coach K, really? How good is this kid, Michael?

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

December 15th, 2010
7:33 am

Question….He’s the real thing. I’ve watched him progress from just a big freshmen, to a versitile power forward now as a junior. He’s quick for his size, and has a nice touch. He’s also pretty bright, which really appeals to K.


December 15th, 2010
7:52 am

It would be like a number 1 ranked running back from Bama going to Wake or Vandy. Won’t happen. If the Kid wants to be in a high profile top 5 program and be on National TV every week, Duke is a great option, and I’m a Dawg fan. It’s just reality.

Paul Hewitt

December 15th, 2010
7:53 am

I recruited Glen Rice Jr. and he is going to get me fired. Please come to GT Tony to save my job.


December 15th, 2010
8:28 am

I agree with most all the comments above and would like to see GT and UGA keep as many of the kids in this state here and it is starting to happen… I always wandered how Coach K “recruited” with the Calipari’s and you can see he stays above the fray, swoops in and cherry picks now….

That Guy

December 15th, 2010
8:41 am


I can only assume you asked TIC. If you know even the slightest bit about basketball, Coach K didn’t make a personal trip to visit a stiff.He wanted to make that determination on his own. From the sound of things, the kid’s alright.


December 15th, 2010
8:51 am

From what I understand, Paul Hewitt has forged a very strong relationship with this kid. Of course, since Hewitt will most likely be unemployed next year, that won’t help Tech land him. UGA has no chance going head-to-head with Duke for a recruit.


December 15th, 2010
9:04 am


Frank Lane

December 15th, 2010
9:05 am

Thought it was against NCAA regulations for a coach to comment publicly on a prospect?

Vernon C

December 15th, 2010
9:16 am

Frank Lane. Coach K didnt publically comment. Those were comments from Coach Sherman White speaking about his conversation with coach K.

Vernon C

December 15th, 2010
9:18 am

oops I meant puclicly

Vernon C

December 15th, 2010
9:29 am

oops again – I’m a UGA grad and not to bright. I’m still upset that my football team consists of a bunch of wimps.

I meant publicly. I think that’s it.

Frank Lane

December 15th, 2010
9:32 am

Good catch. I thought that was the writer quoting Coach K.


December 15th, 2010
9:32 am

Except if a the best players in Ga. stayed in Ga. they would be competing for the national championship. Kids from Ga. – stay, play and study in Georgia!


December 15th, 2010
9:50 am

I’m not a UGA or Tech fan but if all the top talent in this state stayed home at those schools they both would be really good each and every year.

Jim n Buckhead

December 15th, 2010
10:09 am

HMMM Duke was cruitin the Milton kid…which I think played Miller Grove this game….he didnt say anything about Nolte

George Robinson

December 15th, 2010
11:41 am

This is a great opportunity for this young he needs to take full advantage of it.

if i was him

December 15th, 2010
11:45 am

i would go to duke where he would

- get a great education as he could at gt. unfortunately the chances of him graduationg at gt under phew are slim an none. gt’s grad rate under phew is so bad we rank last in the conference and are close to be penalized again by the ncaa again.

but hey phew recruits gun toters, cheaters, drug pushers and players from somalia with abolutely zero work ethic. And racial diversity? on the tech team? lmao. we all know that the players phew recruits that actually play are long tall atheltic and black who cant dribble/pass/shoot who are selfish and who have no basketball iq. the token whites are usually reserves.

-have a chance to win acc/ncaa championships under coach k unlike gt’s yearly bottom feeder finishes with phew. gt stopped winning when the 2 assistant coaches from the 04 team left the program. that is fact. phew is a microphone in an empty suit.

to understand how bad phew is as a coach look no further than our own player anthony morrow. after anthony’s playing days were over he was not even on the nba radar. NOW he is a starter in the nba and has been one of the best 3 point shooters ever. nba coaches say he was not used well or coached well at gt. funny how they are saying the same thing about our latest star in nj… undercoached and not utilized properly.

go anthony!!!! we are proud that you overcame being coached by one of the worst coaches in the country.

if there are any doubters that phew is on the hot seat at gt inspite of what drad says publicly look no further than the fact that this year behind the scenes drad made phew …. hire a bench coach with some actual coaching experience ….. recruit good white players rather than fly all across the globe looking for the next black dud ….stop all that insane substitution (paul you are not a good college coach let alone an nba coach) ….stop insulting the fan base with his dim witted tweets.

notice i did not mention uga. while the jury is out on their new coach. the basketball program is on par with dekalb college’s program. the sec is a second rate conference and the school is more concerned with partying urinating in the library and tossing trash. besides who would want to associate with all those felons on the football team.


December 15th, 2010
1:09 pm

KC; “no reason” for players to play outside of this state? I’ll give you several (especially if you are comparing Duke); conference championships, tournament wins, national championships, superior coaching. Just a starter…


December 15th, 2010
1:17 pm

Ignoring those who are just here to bash on one side of the Hate divide or the other, I absolutely believe that recruits from this state in every sport need to make Georgia Tech or UGA their college choice. If they’re not D-1 material, I’d tell ‘em to look first at this state’s decent array of mid-major colleges as well. If we could get that to happen I think we’d have Tech and UGA sitting closer in football to where Bama and Auburn are and more like a Duke and UNC combo in basketball. Will it happen? Depends I guess. It’s kind of on the coaches at each school to build a tradition of creating home-cooked teams that win some hardware. I think CPJ at Tech gets this and is stepping out of state only if recruits are a big enough deal or we need them at a position badly enough. The Tech teams in football are increasingly Georgian. UGA has done this for a good long time. The problem there is only one of success. And I’m sure they’ll get that ironed out and back on track soon enough. The support system for football there is top-tier. As for basketball? Well I think switch the football situation regarding the coaches and recruiting and you have a clear enough picture. Hewitt can get the best in state talent, but h doesn’t do much with them these days. Fox’s teams have a Georgian flavor about them now too and will be gunning for hardware soon enough.

I think both schools need to here it from the fans. They’ll fight harder for in-state talent if we’re making noise about it.


December 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

I say let the kid decide and his parents decide and we just applaud him for being an excellent student athelete.


December 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

great job G-dub…. Excellent idea…


December 15th, 2010
3:06 pm

@ That Guy
I thought that I followed local basketball somewhat closely. That was the primary reason for me asking. The other reason is that I reside in Lithonia, and I’ve never heard anything about this kid. And then I read that Coach K comes to see him. But thanks for the info Fish that saved Pittsburgh. Side note: If Coach K wants him, UGA and GT doesn’t have a chance.


December 15th, 2010
3:49 pm

Do the best football players stay in state? Do the best baseball players stay in state? Do coaches of any of the big sports only recruit in there respective states? Are you guys serious? A kid has a chance to write his future in terms of getting a free scholarship to any number of schools because of his athletic ability and the best thing you guys can come up with is “stay in state”? That is just selfish, dumb, and myopic!

MHC Tiger

December 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

@ If i was him….but hey phew recruits gun toters, cheaters, drug pushers and players from somalia with abolutely zero work ethic. And racial diversity? on the tech team? lmao. we all know that the players phew recruits that actually play are long tall atheltic and black who cant dribble/pass/shoot who are selfish and who have no basketball iq. the token whites are usually reserves.

Its that kind of idiocy that makes a recruit not want to stay in Ga.

Frank White

December 15th, 2010
3:52 pm

it probably cost 6 grand a symmester to go to gerogia on in state tuition, it probably cost 40k a year to go to Duke, so when 4 years of school equals less than one year at Duke, where would you go????? Aint no way in hell this kid is going to GA, GT maybe, but heck he might end up in the end big East, this isnt football.


December 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

Yes, and I would have liked to have seen Chris Leake and Christian LeMay stay in the state of NC.


December 15th, 2010
4:38 pm

A degree from Duke, UGa or Tech? I believe high school grads are knocking down doors to get into Duke!


December 15th, 2010
6:09 pm

If he wants a top flight program with a great coach, a real shot at a NCAA title and he also wants a great academic environment—-That is a no brainer. Take Duke.


December 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

Let’s see….Coach K -vs- Coach Hewitt??? Hmmmmm….I’ll think the answer is pretty obvious.


December 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

The rumor is he is Tech bound.

Milton fan

December 16th, 2010
7:25 pm

jim in buckhead-
word was this summer that K was interested in Nolte. Not sure how that stands now. I think he would be a perfect fit for the style and attitude there. 6′8″ with quick release nba range, great nose for the ball (offensive rebounds and garbage putbacks), quick hands and long wingspan (lots of steals and deflections). intense competitor who hates to lose and is creative under pressure. has his share of player of the game on loaded Milton team.

Where would I tell my kid to go?

December 21st, 2010
10:22 am

all-american teammates. ACC television schedules. Dozens of Duke grads in the NBA. 879 wins; Final Fours; Natl Championships

This is about the same comparison as asking to play football at Duke or Bama.