UGA got a couple of surprises this past weekend. First, the Bulldogs upset Kentucky. And mega-prospect Tony Parker was there to witness it.
At a stout 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, Parker is one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects for 2012 and holds more than 50 early scholarship offers, including Duke, Georgia Tech and UGA.
It was Parker’s first time attending a Georgia game in years.
“[Georgia coach Mark Fox] has been trying to get me over there for awhile,” Parker explained. “With them playing against Kentucky, it was a really good matchup, and I love watching [UGA power forward] Trey Thompkins play basketball every chance I can get.”
Parker toured Georgia’s athletic and academic facilities, and had a quick face-to-face meeting with Fox before tipoff.
“I like the way [Fox] uses his ‘bigs’ — the way they get the ball to Thompkins so he can really score,” Parker said. “Coach said he would use me in the same way. We didn’t get to talk too long because he was in ‘game mode’ like any big-time coach before playing a game.
“But it went well, the entire trip. It was a good all-around experience. I got to see a really good game and meet all the [staff members] and players associated with Georgia’s basketball program.”
Parker, who played for Team USA last summer, said he does not have any favorites. He averages 19 points and 16 rebounds for Miller Grove High, which is ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today.