Surprise! Guess which mega-prospect made an unofficial recruiting trip to Georgia?

UGA got a couple of surprises this past weekend. First, the Bulldogs upset Kentucky. And mega-prospect Tony Parker was there to witness it.

UGA's Mark Fox has offered a pair of juniors from Miller Grove, PF Tony Parker (first on left) and SG Brandon Morris (third from left). Georgia Tech has also offered Parker (AJC photo)

UGA's Mark Fox has offered a pair of juniors from Miller Grove, PF Tony Parker (first on left) and SG Brandon Morris (third from left). Georgia Tech has also offered Parker (AJC photo)

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.

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44 comments Add your comment

mandingo

January 13th, 2011
5:59 am

First. We need this kid, he would be a big time addition to the team. Bring in Crowell and jenkins for football. And let’s get these programs to the top of the SEC. LETS GO!

dawgerbrown

January 13th, 2011
6:16 am

Parker would look great in red and black. Go to UGA and play for a coach that will showcase his talents while at the same time using them in a way that is best for the team. Be “The Man” for your team,and stay close enough to home so your family and friends can watch you play.

Destin Dawg

January 13th, 2011
6:19 am

Parade magazine ” UGA #3 large State University education.. plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town Athens, Ga. Go Dawgs !!!!

JB

January 13th, 2011
7:15 am

He comes to UGA and he’s starting. That can’t be a bad thing.

HBTD!!!

WSR

January 13th, 2011
8:16 am

At the game on Saturday the students chanted his name untill he stood up and acknowledged them. There are several others out there that could make that class one of the best in the nation if we can land them. Go Dawgs!

suwaneedawg

January 13th, 2011
8:48 am

Man, I love what Fox has done with this program. Tough loss last night but, you have faith now that this team and coach will bounce back against Ole Miss.
GO DAWGS!

Bravesfan79

January 13th, 2011
9:17 am

If you wanna get far in the tourney, come to GT! Its hit or miss with Hewitt.

dap01

January 13th, 2011
9:23 am

Tony: You could literally start your very first game at UGA. This program is on the rise as evidenced by the Kentucky win. Fox is a GREAT coach. Fox is a GREAT recruiter. Parker could be a focal point of the offense. Parker would be a home state hero.

THOROUGHBRED

January 13th, 2011
9:50 am

I’m a Kentucky fan and told my friends and family in KY when UGA hired Fox if he could keep the top players from down here to stay at home and play for UGA the dawgs would be a top 25 program year in and year out.

THOROUGHBRED

January 13th, 2011
10:03 am

I know Thomkins and Leslie were already in Athens when Fox took the job but last year he got Mr Ga Basketball Marcus Thornton to stay at home when he backed out of going to Clemson after the coach left.

Joe

January 13th, 2011
10:45 am

Parker and Nolte would be a nice start to the 2012 class.

Tough loss last night, but the Dawgs didn’t play great, and Vandy did, and the Dawgs were still in until the end. That is a very good sign for this team. Got to get the win in Oxford this weekend.

Snoopy

January 13th, 2011
11:01 am

Bring your top notch game to UGA Tony!! You see for yourself how CMF works the big men! You can hone your skills with a coach/teacher of CMF’s calibur & be THE MAN on the most beautiful campus in the Nation…

Bring it On!!

Brian F.

January 13th, 2011
11:56 am

Parker and Fox are a perfect fit !!

UKCATS

January 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

Let’s see how UGA fairs when they visit Lexington. I bet the outcome will NOT be pretty. GO BIG BLUE!

DirkDawggler

January 13th, 2011
12:19 pm

Maybe we win in Lex, UKCATS, maybe we lose…but one thing is for sure: The days of Kentucky coming to Athens and assuming a “W” are over. And the competitive balance in the SEC East has changed. And Fox is starting to keep our local kids home. Good times.

UKCATS1

January 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

Listen to all these UGA basketball fans come out of the woodworks. Fox does have the program on the rise, but they will never be a regular season SEC champion. They play as good as anybody at home at times, especially against Kentucky, but they have not proven they can win on the road. If you are a top player in all of the nation, you don’t go to UGA, you go to a place like Kentucky where you get plenty of exposure and the track record of Coach Cal and his player’s NBA pedigree. And to the guy who talked about Marcus Thornton like he is some stud, what type of numbers is he putting up this year? haha

BigDawg

January 13th, 2011
12:51 pm

The fact that UKCATS is on this blog goes to show you the Dawgs are for real!

Hoops Dawg

January 13th, 2011
1:15 pm

Well Ky people, we’ll just have to see what happens in Lexington. I’ll not make a firm prediction, but prior to CMF’s tenure, It has been since the Harrick era that I expected the Dawgs to go to Lexington and have a prospect of winning. Get Parker, Nolte, and land a great point guard in the 2012 class, and our mantra in Athens may become “Here kitty, kitty, kitty kitty….”

Hoops Dawg

January 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Oh, and wiith respect to Marcus Thornton, he’s progressing and plays some very good defense at times. I wish that he trusted his shot more and would work on putting the ball on the floor to create. But I think he is coming and that dawg fans are going to be very glad we signed this guy in the (hopefully) not too distant future. He kind of reminds me a bit of the freshman version of Chris Daniels, who came on to be an almost indispensible cog (great rebounder and defender) in the Harrick era of winning teams.

Joe

January 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Would someone please call me when

a) John Calipari wins a national title

b) UK hoops goes on probation again

I would bet big on b to happen first.

Dawgrulz

January 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

This just in. UGA BB 1, UK BB 0 this year.The BEST you can do is win the rematch to go 1-1 for the season. And after the UK woodwork fans talked and pointed out after beating UGA in FB in 2009, you are an elite BB team and left Athens with your tail between your legs. I would not count your chickens in the rematch yet either you could go 0-2.

Right Dawg

January 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

For you KY dudes – who won the game in Rupp last year between the cats and DAWGS? Who was scared to death that entire game, and knew they would have a problem this year. In that vein, what does the future hold for the “mighty” cats? I am not saying the Dogs will win in Rupp this year, but you can “bet your bippy” the DAWGS won’t be taken for granted! Admit it.

tony

January 13th, 2011
2:33 pm

……………………………………………….2013 LINEUP……………………………………………

(power forward) Tony Parker 6′9 280lbs………………..(center)John Florveus 7′0

(small forward) Marcus Thornton 6′7…………………………….(sg)Nick Marshall 6′2

…………………………………….(point guard)Kentavious Caldwell 6′6……………………..

…………………………………………CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL…………………………….

gdawginkalamzoo

January 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

Great to see the big time recruits visiting our basketball program! Coach Fox is doing a fantastic job. With Tompkins turning pro next year this kid could move right in and make a difference right away.

tony

January 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

2013 LINEUP

Center John Florveus 7′0

PF – Tony Parker 6′9 280lbs

SF – Marcus Thornton 6′7

SG – Nick Marshall 6′2

PG – Kentavious Caldwell 6′6

Yes, Kentavious can play the point.

Viva GwinneXico

January 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Sounds like a One and Done kid, doesn’t it. Call me silly but I think that actually hurts a program in the long run. I say go get the kids that you can keep for at least 3 years and coach ‘em up. I don’t see Duke kids being One and Done. I see UK loves these types of ballplayers, and their coach is dirty as hell. I don’t want to see UGA follow that model.

LakeDawg

January 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

One can almost see the oil pouring out of Calipari’s pores. UK basketball is at an all-time low.

Hoops Dawg

January 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

I don’t know if Calipari is dirty or not, but unless something turns up, we dawgs are always going to face a loaded cupboard when we face the cats. I personally would just as soon stay the heck away from one and dones–but I don’t think Tony Parker falls in that category (and for those of you salivating to see him in the Steg next year–sorry, he’s currently a junior I think). And Tony, that is a nasty looking 2013 lineup. I didn’t know that Kentavious could play the point–good news if true.

UKCATS1

January 13th, 2011
3:31 pm

Joe,

Alert me when UGA makes it into the NCAA tourney, when they make it past the first round, and when they put even 1 NCAA banner up, thanks pal! Might be a while! And you all are going nuts over UGA’s recruiting? Maybe you haven’t seen Kentucky’s class for next year, 4 plays in the top 20, 3 in the top 6. So don’t start with the recruiting class being able to beat Kentucky. Yes, you all beat us in Athens this year and I said before UGA is on the rise and you always play well at home, but not on the road. And for all the Calipari haters out there, lets not act like UGA’s program has always been clean please thanks! I could go into the Calipari spiel and if you knew the situation instead of what you hear Bob Knight and Pat Forde tell you then you wouldn’t be so one-sided.

JT

January 13th, 2011
3:46 pm

Rough year for football, but so nice to know we actually have basketball to look forward to. I just hope Fox doesn’t end up going after and getting too many of the one-and-done types.

DamntheButcher

January 13th, 2011
3:52 pm

UKCATS1

The problem with the recruits tht you mentioned is they will be there one year and be gone. Home many top recruits do you think the Butler team that made it into the final game had? How many did UK have last year sitting at home just like UGA watching the game? You IDIOT!!!!

BobDawg

January 13th, 2011
3:55 pm

…. Let’s face it UKCats1…. This is your worst fear…UGA having a Coach that keeps the Ga talent home and kills your pipeline that Tubby had going for ya… Plus, you are now blogging on our sites,…Ha…
Interesting how Vandy plays and must be mystifying to the Techies how Vandy can have such a good program and Tech’s is terrible and spiraling downward…. UK fans, we aren’t even close to where we will be in a year or 2 and already beating down your youngsters… Hold On tight UK fans, Watch and learn!!!!

BasketballFan

January 13th, 2011
4:12 pm

There are more people in that picture than there are UGA Basketball Fans. Sure, GT will get a Derrick Favors or Chris Bosh every now and then, and UGA may get a Jumaine Jones once in a blue moon. The elite talent will always gravitate toward the elite programs (Kansas, Duke, KY, UNC, etc..). UGA certainly isnt anywhere close to a national scale program. Plus, if Fox does churn out good years, he will move up to program with higher recognition (just like Tubby).

bank walker

January 13th, 2011
4:22 pm

Look at all these sissy boy kitty cat fans on here sweating the DAWGS. You better be very worried about the Dawgs. When you have NO instate talent and Georgia has plenty, tradition yes, but if we start winning and keeping talent home, your paid players are going down. Take it to the bank! We’re probably gonna win the SEC this year.

Dawg Man

January 13th, 2011
4:47 pm

The Fox is building us a good thing!

ron

January 13th, 2011
5:47 pm

Tony Parker needs to do what’s best for himself & his family.If he’s as talented as advertised he needs to go to a program and coach that will get him prepared for the next level.Going to Georgia is not the answer,name me one player in the last five years that’s starting or playing in the NBA from Georgia–ZILCH. All of these Dawg fans have only their interest namely in bragging rights or to boast of having a promising stud donning the red & black. The majority of the students there will graduate with degrees and if Parker stays for four years he probaly won’t have enough hours to be considered a junior.Tony Parker is to take the Lebron James route and tell Georgia he’s taking his talents elsewhere and “the hell with Georgia.”

Jim

January 13th, 2011
6:39 pm

ron, you sound like a misguided Tech fan. And you’re right, UGA hasn’t put many players in the NBA in the the last few years. However, we have a great coach now and you can’t argue that Thompkins and Leslie will be drafted withing the next two years. We got a steal in Fox and he’s turned our program around.

blazerdawg

January 13th, 2011
8:06 pm

Tubby regrets leaving Athens for UK. Fox realizes the exceptional opportunity to build a successful program at UGA that he owns.

Timmy Dog

January 13th, 2011
8:33 pm

Tony, come to UGa and lose to Vandy in hoops but help us elevate the program! Go DOgs!

UKCATS1

January 13th, 2011
9:42 pm

HAHA you UGA fans are hilarious. You sound like you just won a national championship against what will be UK’s worst team for the next 10 years probably. I could care less about getting the top players in Georgia if they are Marcus Thornton caliber, I will take the top recruiting class every year with the one and dones. This is why I hate UGA fans because you always act like you are so much better then you are and haven’t won anything, football and basketball especially. You said win the SEC? Did you not just lose to Vandy? Regardless of whether this is the worst you all will be for a while makes no difference to me, had Kentucky gotten Kanter cleared (which was a high risk high reward thing) then this game would not of been close. And for the one who made the Butler comment about not having top recruits, sure they did not, they went on a run which is somewhat rare this day, and I guess I am the idiot even though every other program but Duke were not crowned.

UK CATS1 RETORT

January 13th, 2011
10:15 pm

Do you think if Bear Bryant had stayed at UK that it would have eventually been a champion? Give UGA time, the right coach, administrative support, and the ATL market and we will win. We’ve never emphasized the sport but that’s about to change.

UKCATS1

January 13th, 2011
11:10 pm

Never emphasized the sport? How about when Harrick was there? Either way, UGA will always be a football school. I am not saying UGA won’t win in basketball, I just do not think they will consistently, nor will they ever contend for a national championship.

BobDawg

January 14th, 2011
9:30 am

@UKCats1…. Your fans are classy when they roll into Athens…. Just make sure you keep winning so OUR strength of schedule/RPI doesn’t go down….. Ha ha Ha ha….

UKCATS1

January 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

You need it with that weak OOC schedule you played…