Duke, Florida, UGA and Georgia Tech hotly pursuing elite college prospect …

Tony Parker is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds (AJC)

Tony Parker is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds (AJC)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a rare in-season recruiting trip to Georgia to watch the big guy on Tuesday. Florida’s Billy Donovan and Georgia’s Mark Fox were in the stands at Miller Grove High’s basketball games last week.

It was just another day at the office — or in high-society recruiting circles — for Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker. The 6-foot-9, 270-pounder is one of the nation’s top college prospects as a junior, already boasting more than 40 scholarship offers.

Parker has lived up to accolades so far this season. He has posted double-doubles in seven of the eight games for Miller Grove (8-0), the two-time defending Class AAAA champion and the top contender to win it all again. Parker is averaging 19 points and 14 rebounds.

“You’ve got to consider Tony as one of the top candidates for Mr. Georgia Basketball,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “He has got off to a great start this year and I think he still has plenty of room to improve, too. He hasn’t hit his ceiling yet. His best basketball is still ahead of him.”

It’s hard to imagine Parker playing better then he is right now. He went for a season-high 28 points and 21 rebounds against Mays. He also led the way to Miller Grove’s 71-61 upset over Milton, then ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA TODAY, with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

“Tony has improved tremendously since last year,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “He was no factor when we beat them [last year]. If he continues to improve, the sky is the limit.”

Parker agrees with the assessment, adding that playing with the USA U17 national team against the best players in the world and then AAU ball over the summer has performed wonders for his confidence.

How much has Parker improved? White goes as far to draw comparisons with former South Atlanta High standout Derrick Favors, who was a 2010 NBA lottery pick after spending one season at Georgia Tech.

“They are different types of power forwards,” White said. “Derrick plays above the rim. That’s not really Tony’s style, but I think he has better post moves, if you ask me.”

College scouts marvel at Parker’s ability to dominate underneath. When he gets the ball in the low post area, he uses his wide-body frame and strength for leverage against defenders and to clear out the lane. He has exceptionally quick feet and hands for his size, rendering him a mismatch for most opponents in high school.

“I feel like I’ve trained very hard and can use my strength to my advantage,” Parker said. “A lot of people are not going to be able to bang with me in the post for a long time. As the game goes along, I feel like I gain an edge.”

The only thing that has slowed down Parker has been injuries. He was sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and big toe injury toward the end of last season but returned by the state semifinals. This year, he is still not 100-percent after breaking his left wrist in a fall league game in September.

“Tony means business when he is on the court,” White said. “He is supposed to be like that. He is very competitive. Away from the court, he’s also one of the best kids in the nation. He’s like a big, old teddy bear. The college scouts love his game and his personality.”

43 comments Add your comment

gtyj2

December 17th, 2010
2:23 am

C-Hill Fan

December 17th, 2010
3:37 am

JB

December 17th, 2010
6:40 am

He’s a one and done…..good luck to the winner.

Sugar Hill Dawg

December 17th, 2010
7:42 am

It will be interesting to see if Mark Fox can talk this young ‘un to Athens. I guess if he talks to the guys already on the team, he’ll be impressed with the opportunities available at UGA. If he’s a one and done guy, seems to me he’s in Paul Hewitt’s wheelhouse.

From Where I Sit

December 17th, 2010
7:46 am

If he can get in, Duke would be the better choice, then Florida!

Enough Said!

Paul Hewitt

December 17th, 2010
8:15 am

Charles Mitchell is better, but nobody will touch him because you have to have enough $$$$$. Glen Rice Jr. should get points for falling on the floor, he’s going to get me fired.

RAMBLINWRECK

December 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Clearly i’m a GT fan but this kid would be crazy to pick paul hewitt. If he wants to stay home then play for a better coach at uga to be honest. Our program is in the dumps and hewitt has a LIFE LONG type contract that rolls starting in 2011 from 1 year to the next every march and he CAN’T be fired without a HEAVY penalty for our program. I emailed drad and he said HE WILL NOT FIRE HEWITT plain and simple. So, the program remains in shambles until DRAD can give the fans some certainty! DRAD’S explanation was ‘ The program now has 3-4 year type kids on the roster and so now we are headed in the right direction’. Those were his exact remarks. GT fans are SICK AND TIRED of this bum coaching our program and what a stupid contract to give anyone! If DRAD won’t fire hewitt, then maybe GT fans need to go above him and ask for HIM to be fired!

30 DAMN GAMES UNDER .500 FOR COACH PAUL BLEWITT IN ACC PLAY! Thats a fact not a myth!! What we are saying a GT is that “we accept losing and will reward you for losing”!!! Hewitt couldn’t lead the united states marine corp over a victory of blind and deaf homosexuals on the battlefield!!!!!

This young man wants a real winner, then pick duke and play in the ACC. That is a no-brainer but if playing in georgia is what he wants, then pick uga. He at least will be better coached over there. HEWITT, YOU STINK! KSU, has lost 7 straight since beating GT by 20!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do i need to say more?

Educator for Life

December 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Look, let’s forget about the school. This young kid will eventually make millions in the NBA. The question is, what coach gets more kids in the NBA? Coach K is the best COLLEGE coach, but he doesn’t get as many players into the league. In Hewitt’s short time at GT, he has gotten several players in, especially ones who don’t seem to have a chance (Mario West, Will Bynum, and Anthony Morrow were all undrafted). I am not saying they are not good, but the odds were against them. Tony, stay in GA near your family, go to a well-respected ACADEMIC school, and make it big. But, try to get your degree at some point.

Dawg in the Northwoods

December 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Wow Wreck, I guess you won’t be sending CPH a Christmas Card this year.

Outside Observer

December 17th, 2010
10:21 am

Hewitt sends guys to the NBA, yes. But does he get the most out of them? Remarks about Morrow included scouts wondering why a guy never got a chance to shine in college, when he went undrafted but led the league in 3 pointers in his rookie season. Favors and Lawal were both considered “raw” prospects. If you want scouts to look at you, Tech is a good place to go. But don’t expect to come out of college as a “polished” prospect. If you want to win a college championship and get a lot fewer minutes because of the incredible amount of depth already there, go to Duke. If you want to stay at home, get lots of minutes, and play in a sub-par basketball conference, go to Georgia. If it was up to me, I would say go to a school like Ohio State. They seem to develop their big guys well enough to become first round draft picks in one year. And this guy seems like a Sullinger clone.

peace out

December 17th, 2010
11:50 am

why would a coach even want a prima donna that’s not going to hang around but one year and take a developing players playing time. Coach up the 3 stars for a 4 year run leave the money grubbers alone and get players that want to be there for the long run. Build up your program not weaken it get solid personel and play for national titles every year.

Bob

December 17th, 2010
12:45 pm

Tony parker will sigh with Duke.DONE!!!

spider

December 17th, 2010
12:50 pm

no more 1 and dones at gt please

Playa

December 17th, 2010
1:13 pm

Y’all need to realize that UGA is a joke and will always be a joke in basketball. Mark Fox? Who cares. Oh, and ugay is a joke school, too.

Hoops Dawg

December 17th, 2010
1:15 pm

One shouldn’t be so quick to discount UGA if getting to the next level is so important to this young man. Check CMF’s record at preparing young men for the NBA while at Nevada. He may have two more drafted very high this year. And before you say that Thompkins and Leslie were Felton recruits, both improved so dramatically under Fox’s tutelage that it is pretty obviously that the coaching they received helped very much to raise their stock to its current level. On the other hand, if TP is truly to be a “one and Done” I don’t think I want him.

RAMBLINWRECK

December 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

@DAWG IN NORTHWOODS

I may take a dump in a bag and light fire to it and ring his door bell! I needed to vent on hewitt again after i saw that KSU lost for the 7th straight time after they beat the mess out of us. If you ever want to see a picture of the word worthless…look no further than the GT sidelines. This was an outstanding program in hoops until bozo the clown took over.

I wish i could keep my job and salary by doing nothing but implementing failure! I’m beating a dead horse here but it sure feels good! Anyone else want to jump on the http://www.fireblewitttoday.com bandwagon while this thread is still alive? Parker don”t waste your time on GT. Go to duke and win a title, come to GT and lose to KSU! It’s sad but it is reality.

Tony

December 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

Educator for Life, you couldn’t be more wrong about coack K and the pros, Duke currently has more players in the NBA than any other school and with his affilation with USA basketball you automatically get a leg up with summer leagues and international play, if you are a good enough player and student then in the current enviroment Duke is hands down the best choice. If he wants to stay in state well its a toss up, he should go with his heart then.

Stinger2

December 17th, 2010
3:42 pm

I hate to say this but if he will be “one and done” let
some other school sign him. I had rather have good players who will be around at least 2-3 years that a top
prospect who opt for the NBA draft after one year.

BjohnDawg

December 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

If he is one and done, let him go to Duke.

Skeezix

December 17th, 2010
4:05 pm

K doesn’t get players in the NBA????? Duke has the most players in the NBA. When you enter a blog–you enter the land of the misinformed/unread.

just sayin

December 17th, 2010
4:52 pm

Bobby Hurley would have been a bust…wreck or no wreck

Bulldogs

December 17th, 2010
6:00 pm

I am a UGA fan but he would be crazy to go to UGA. We don’t have a good bball history and suck pretty much every year. Fox is a very overrated coach by our fanbase if you ask me. If he’s smart he goes to GT.

RAMBLINWRECK

December 17th, 2010
6:03 pm

Tony disreguard everything I just said. I am an idiot and have no knowledge in how to play basketball.

David

December 17th, 2010
6:04 pm

Why does that idiot keep talking crap about Glen Rice Jr? Rice is a future All ACC first teamer.

bitter "B" ball fan

December 17th, 2010
7:44 pm

why the f— does our in state fine talent go out of state?? because they have do/do for brains!!! stay in state and do your part to make ga and tech top teams,
PS uh uh nick marshal will light up the house yo!!, howbot uuuuuu?? get on board now lift the trophy latter, yooooooooooooooo

Rabun Dawg

December 17th, 2010
7:47 pm

Coach K is not very interested in “one and dones”, so if he goes to Duke, I will bet he will stay for a few years and get coached up even better than he could at either one of the Georgia schools. Sounds like a good fit for Billy D at UF.

RAMBLINWRECK

December 17th, 2010
8:48 pm

To the ramblinwannabe, i think you mean DISREGARD? Disreguard?? Go read a hooked on phonics book pal! Who is the real idiot now? How about you get a basketball IQ and your own name as well. Hewitt sucks and his 30 games below .500 record in ACC play is all you need to justify that! Don’t let the facts get in the way of you using common sense! IDIOT

You are either a HOMER or as clueless as they come! Here is what coach blewitt has done at GT….

Only posted a winning ACC record 1 time since 2000 and that was in 2004 with a 9-7 record and we made the (miracle run).

Since 2000, we have made the big dance 5 times and been bounced in the 1st round twice and the second round twice. Each of the 4 other times we made it (OTHER THAN 2004), we had a losing record in ACC play as all the other years as well.

Overall record of 177-144 GT and his ACC record is a pathetic 67-93!!!!! Does that sound worthy of his contract to you moron?? He has a losing record vs UGA as well to top it all off! He is garbage! Wake up and try not to hit the bong to much. Good grief

Rick Pitino

December 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

He won’t come to Louisville. I don’t know why his Mom thinks I would be a bad influence.

Bob Dylan

December 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

Don’t think twice, it’s allright.

Greg

December 18th, 2010
8:23 am

To the idiot Ohio State fan, hurts that your “elite” football program has NEVER beaten an SEC school, doesn’t it? As for SEC hoops, 4 or 5 of the SEC East teams will be playing in the NCAA tourney and the team that will likely come in last gave Mich St everything they could handle in E Lansing.

marcus

December 18th, 2010
8:47 am

First of all Duke does not have to most players in the NBA and Why would someone assume Tony Parker couldn’t get into to Duke.

5150 P.O.A.D

December 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

JB you could be correct unless he goes to DUKE. Duke doesn’t do the 1-&-Done thing. If the Kid wants a Degree, to Play Big Boy BBall, and LEARN the Game he will stay at Duke. Coach K TEACHES the GAME. TONY would be WISE to LEARN everything Coach K can teach him about Life and sports. Coach K is the New John Wooden.

5150 P.O.A.D

December 18th, 2010
2:07 pm

Educator 4 Life. Coach K may not get a ton of players in the LEAGUE, but look at how many of his players are Coaches in the College ranks. Coach K teaches Life not just Basketball. The NCAA is littered with Ex-Duke BBall players as Head Coaches and Assistances.

Outside Observer

December 18th, 2010
4:46 pm

Greg,
FYI, I am a Tech guy. Next, what does football have to do with the success of a basketball program? Since you seem to be an SEC guy, please tell me if Kentucky’s football team’s success affects the basketball team? No. Idiot. Only an SEC fan would think football has anything to do with the other sports. Pathetic, really. Also, can you name the big men from Ohio State who were drafted high after spending a year there? Now compare that list to the big men who spent one year at UF, TEN, UGA, USC. We can leave out the other two because their football teams are not up to par according to your standards (again, idiot). The fact is, Ohio State gets their big men to the NBA after one year of training. And if this kid lives up to the hype everyone is making, he will only be there one year.

fire paul hewitt

December 18th, 2010
11:20 pm

Man I love GT but as long as Hewitt’s the Coach…Go some where else! Wake up Rads we want a new coach…

Bo

December 19th, 2010
3:10 am

When Duke and UNC show up at an arena with “K” and Roy, it’s like rock stars everywhere. When UGA shows up, it’s like “who cares”?

juice sourcer

December 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Bo is dead on…UGA and Tech you got no shot…that is unless the kid is not smart enough to get into Duke…Duke selects you…you don’t select Duke. And Hmmm…this kid has a choice of UNC or UGA…please.

Taeheel 1

December 19th, 2010
10:38 am

Duke may currently have 2 more players in the NBA, but Coach K does not develop NBA talent. Take a close look at the Duke players in the NBA…for the exception of current players Carlos Boozer, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand before he was hurt they are primarily role players. Think J.J Redick, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy. How many HOFamers has Coach K produced or constant all-stars.

why duke vs gt

December 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

if he goes to gt he will be a one n done because he will realize phew will have nothing in the way of coaching to offer him.

if he goes to duke he will realize that he can learn a lot from coach k. this is the reason why coach k has success keeping his players in school for 2-3-4 years. besides its fun when your winning and in contention for national championships and conference championhships. that aint happening at gt. PERIOD! the only thing he will have going for him at gt will be losing and difficult classes.

the reason why coach k doesnt have as many ’stars’ in the nba is because he purposefully sets his sites on players who are upper echelon but more likely to stay in the program for more than one year. they tend to be the blue collar players not the premadonna’s. he is no fool like our fool at gt.

why not uga? more like WHY consider uga. how about …..

no 1 partay school
massive student arrests for drunk and disorderly most weekends
students urinate on the library rug (that is so so so bush)
students routinely throw tons of trash on the campus
jan kemp
the infamous basketball final
red panty affair
and 10 plus student athletes get arrested every year…..

if that isnt enough to NOT choose uga we have the fact that the sec and the uga bb programs are second rate

Bamadawg

December 19th, 2010
11:29 pm

Come to UGA bud, Fox has this team on the upswing! We run this STATE in both sports and will be in the Big Dance possibly as soon as 2011!! Go Dawgs!!

Shawn

December 20th, 2010
9:38 am

To all the morons who say that Coach K doesnt get kids into the NBA….If you actually paid attention to the truth and quit vomitting words out of your mouth without ANY FACTS WHAT SO EVER then you would know that Duke has more players on NBA rosters than ANY other school out there… Coach K is a good COLLEGE coach????? Well, of course, only going to be #1 in wins…BUT what about his ability to coach Team USA?? The #1 argument that the morons will say is “Those guys dont need coaching, theyre the best in the world” Then why didnt we win in ‘04? And that would mean ALL NBA coaches are worthless?? No, it doesnt matter what age or skill level you are at, you need a coach. So the answer for Tony Parker is, If you DO WANT to make it in the NBA, then go to Duke because Coach K IS the #1 coach in college to put kids into the NBA. I know most of you haters arent going to like this post. You will think that Im just another Duke fan…crazy right?? Well go ahead and look it up…We like facts…its all we have to throw out against your kind…You run on pure emotion and have nothing EVER to back it up… So when you see the facts, i hope that lil feeling of defeat comes over you :) Just like everytime Duke beats your team by 25 and you call them overrated…When Duke puts up 30 wins but they arent that good of a team…Or when they win the National Championship by beating the best RPI teams in the country to get there, but you say they had a cake walk….That feeling that all of Duke fans can see on your face from a mile away :) Tony, if you want to be an amazing young man, an elite basketball player, and have the best exposure you could possibly ever have…Then come to Duke and break all of Sheldon Williams rebounding records!! We all would LOVE to see you at Cameron!!! You will never feel more accepted than when you have D U K E across your chest!! Come on and lets win another banner!!!

makai

December 20th, 2010
2:34 pm

Watching techsters battle on a blog is like watching white girls fight

Brian

December 21st, 2010
10:14 am

If you want to get robbed at gunpoint, then Tech is the place to go…

If you want to have a social life along with your academic and athletic career, go to UGA…

I believe this is what “why duke vs. gt” was trying to say…