North Carolina coach Roy Williams sits in stands to scout Miller Grove’s Tony Parker

Do you know me? I was Mark Fox's mentor and I want Tony Parker (AP photo)

Do you know me? I was Mark Fox's mentor and I want Tony Parker (AP photo)

University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams was treated like a rock star at Miller Grove’s basketball game over the weekend.

Williams signed autographs and posed for pictures while catching glimpses of Miller Grove’s 49-46 win over Southwest DeKalb. Williams was in attendance to scout the recipient of one of North Carolina’s most recent scholarship offers — Tony Parker, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward who is one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects for 2012.

“Oh yeah, everybody recognized Roy Williams as soon as he walked into the gym,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said with a laugh.

Parker already holds more than 50 early offers, including North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech and UGA. Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and UGA’s Mark Fox (they are both regulars) also sat in the stands to watch the two talent-loaded teams. Southwest Dekalb is led by 6-8 power forward Shaq Goodwin, another one of the country’s elite 2012 prospects.

How did the big guys do against each other? Parker had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Goodwin scored 16.

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

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

“Coach Williams was real animated after the game after watching both of those guys play,” White said. “He spoke very highly of Tony, as well as our team as a whole. He said he would definitely be in contact because he wants Tony at North Carolina.”

Miller Grove’s coach admitted that his players get excited with the sighting of a celebrity coach but not as much as in the past. “This year, we’ve had a lot of big-name coaches from out of state at our games, including Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski … and I’ve been told that Ohio State’s Thad Matta is supposed to be here on Tuesday,” White said. “It’s pretty cool seeing the coaches, and it’s an honor for our program.”

How does Tony handle the attention? “You’re talking about a kid who has played all over the world [with Team USA],” White said with a laugh. “I think he’s comfortable with whomever is watching. It never seems to affect him.”

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44 comments Add your comment

Buzzed

February 7th, 2011
12:05 am

ROY WILLIAMS? Puh-leese. Paul Hewitt can coach circles around Roy.

Come to The Flats, Tony!

dougmo2

February 7th, 2011
6:45 am

Williams just had a point guard quit on him last week. Why should he go to UNC when Duke will be a better team for years to come.
BTW, Coach Hewitt couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag.

TXDawg

February 7th, 2011
6:54 am

@Dougmo2,

The point guard that quit left because he haD his job taken by a freshman point who outplayed him all year. Guess what that freshman point just dished out 16 assist (a UNC freshman record in ACC play ) against FSU and UNC beat FSU by 20 points. Also guess who Duke lost to by 5 points this year in the ACC? FSU. Just saying!!!!!!!

Palm City Dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:15 am

Come on Tony…become part of something great Coach Fox is building…become a DAWG and feel the love of the in state DAWG nation.

Monroe's first Redcoat

February 7th, 2011
7:18 am

>Paul Hewitt can coach circles around Roy.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian F.

February 7th, 2011
7:27 am

U G A- Please come Represent your State University Tony.

come on man

February 7th, 2011
7:28 am

if he came to see tony parker he left loving shaq goodwin. tony parkers game is one dimensional while shaq goodwin has an all around game . miller grove held the ball for the whole 3rd quarter to run the clock because they were on their way to gettin ran off the floor by swd . miller grove = OVERRATED

Willie Spanker

February 7th, 2011
7:48 am

I agree with come on man and I don’t know the first thing about high school basketball.

bball72

February 7th, 2011
7:55 am

@ come on man & Willie Spanker: You must was not at the same game. SWD was behind and was playing a zone that MG forced them to come out of. The officials were calling a lousy game and MG had major foul trouble with key players, so in retrospect, SWD really hurt themselves because they were losing and they were at home. They allowed MG to hold the ball. Not good strategy considering they were the home team with all the fans, refs, and all the momentum you could want.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

February 7th, 2011
8:10 am

Both MG and SWD are state champ ready. That Region is full of talent

zinc

February 7th, 2011
8:11 am

Buzzed & Dougmo

Yeah…Roy has a history of producing poor talent inside…Brandan Wright, Sean May, Tyler Hansborough, Marvin Williams, Ed Davis. All 1st round picks in the last 5 years.

2 National Championships in the past 10 years. What a horrible coach.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

February 7th, 2011
8:12 am

PS, I may have saved Pitt’, but I couldn’t save the Steelers

Go Pack Go!

UNC Blows in NBA

February 7th, 2011
8:17 am

Yeah…Roy has a history of producing poor talent inside…Brandan Wright, Sean May, Tyler Hansborough, Marvin Williams, Ed Davis. All 1st round picks in the last 5 years.

Except they all stink in the NBA

Milton dad

February 7th, 2011
8:52 am

Neutral site. one week after state. Winner takes all. Milton beats MG by 20.

bball72

February 7th, 2011
9:33 am

@ Milton Dad…Dec. 4, 2010. Neutral site (Wheeler H.S.). MG beats the brakes off Milton. Nuff said. MG could have said the same thing after the state championship last year.

Worm

February 7th, 2011
10:34 am

Roy is a JERK..Players are transferring out..Wear brothers,Drew and several others have left..recently took shots at the fans on his call in show..

jp

February 7th, 2011
11:05 am

Tony can be the Big Man on Campus at UGA. Plus his style of play would work great under Fox’s triangle system. He’d challenge for SEC player of the year as a freshman. He has the tools.

Glendonboy

February 7th, 2011
11:17 am

“Roy is a JERK”

The transfers were from California and Drew had a Tiger mom who got her other son kicked off his high school team for her interference. And Drew sucked!

SWD PANTHER

February 7th, 2011
11:53 am

swd has a better team than miller grove shaq goodwin is the real deal he is the 20 ranked player in the country while tony parker is the 64th ranked player.

poof!!!

February 7th, 2011
11:55 am

If Duke or N. Carolina wants a recruit, UGA or GT don’t stand a ghost of a chance.

BQ

February 7th, 2011
12:28 pm

This will come down to the two greatest programs, and the greatest rivalry in the nation–North Carolina and Duke.

Steve

February 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

Go to UNC young man! Tar Heels have a history of equipping big guys for the NBA. Besides, we could use some more muscle in the paint!

BWIG

February 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

Roy runs the offense through the big men. The rat runs his offense through shooters. Parker would be better off at Carolina.

TQ

February 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Here’s what to judge:
UNC – great program, players are treated like kings, girls are great looking.
UGA – bball is something to do between underperforming fball seasons
GT – Hewitt won’t be there next year
Duke – The girls are hideous.

loflo

February 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

why go to duke? Oh I know why, you want to be just like the plumlees averaging 4 points/game each amounting to nothing. duke is a guard first team and Tony would be miserable there.

coach1

February 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

I like Shaq better

DP

February 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

“The Rat” = 4 national championships

Dean + Roy = 4 national championships

UNC fan base = the “wine and cheese” crowd, the biggest group of fair weather fans in the country. One year after winning a national championship and after thousands of empty seats for several ACC games, UNC moved a home NIT game to Carmichael because they didn’t want the embarrassment of a half empty arena on national TV. No wonder Roy dogged out the UNC fan base, they’re the worst.

And let’s not even get started on Butch Davis, John Blake and the UNC football program.

Catsfly

February 7th, 2011
3:36 pm

JP, bmoc at UGA in bb is equivalent to being biggest midget on campus.

padre

February 7th, 2011
5:11 pm

go to uga and be a part of a great up and coming program-fox will have you as ready tor nba sa anyone just do it

sweetbabyjames

February 7th, 2011
5:25 pm

Yeah, go to dook where big men only set picks and rebound and never have an offensive play run for them.

Hoops Dawg

February 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

If Georgia (or Tech) is to become consistently relevant on the national scene, they simply have to convince a fair number of the in-state prospects to sign with home town teams. Both Tech and UGA got good ones this year in Royal and Caldwell–but one a year isn’t going to get ur done. Lets hope the class of 2012 has some state pride and that many of the better players stay home. Both the GA coaches have done well in the past at placing players in the NBA (Fox at Nevada). Tony, why go to UNC or Duke and become another in a long line of PFs there when you can go to Georgia and become the first Tony Parker. If you think you might love on the Dawgs, sign early and convince a couple of classmates to play in Athens.

jayka

February 7th, 2011
6:04 pm

Duke has 2 big men in the league better than anything UGA or UNC has.. Brand and Boozer.. now stfu everybody and have a nice day

Heelgod

February 7th, 2011
6:30 pm

ugghhh..your joking about Hewitt right..he aint done jack with all the talent he has had…wasted players and time…and nothing to show for it….

Heelgod

February 7th, 2011
6:34 pm

DOOK=Big Man waste land….i.e. Cherookee, Meek, Newton, Domzowski, Randolph, McRoberts, Williams, …oh no the list doesnt stop there……Thompson, Boetang, Zobeck, Thomas (could care less about the spelling of all these dweebs)and on and on and on and on….if you are a big man and want to see your stock drop and not be utilized while little guards runba arround screens and shoot 3s, well then Dook is the place for you…if you want to be built like a man in the paint…UNC is the place to be

James Hutchens

February 7th, 2011
6:38 pm

Roy also coached Michael Jordan , Paul Pierce, Brad Dougherty, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, There are also several from Kansas, but I do not want to get longwinded. You just have to decide the style you want to Play. Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson not doing to bad. The negative recruiting is rampant. If the kid is smart, he will not listen to any of us.

UNCBrave

February 7th, 2011
7:48 pm

Parker will come to UNC b/c
1) GAT will have a new HC next year
2) UGA is not UNC as Roy Williams is Fox’s mentor and Roy is better although I LOVE FOX
http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/uga-coach-mark-fox-306985.html
3) Roy Williams and UNC’s offense goes through the BIG MAN 1st

**BTW, although those big men didn’t work out in the NBA (Marvin Williams is pretty good for the Hawks and Hansbrough is starting for the Pacers), at least they were drafted…

Catsfly

February 7th, 2011
8:23 pm

Hoops Dawg, using your logic, UGa’s dream team should have signed w/ Vanderbilt.

yeah

February 7th, 2011
11:29 pm

If we are gonna talk about good players in the NBA than look no further than GA Tech. Bosh, Morrow, Bynum, Jack, and Young are doing pretty good. GT just put a big man in top 3 last year….GT gets people to the league and that wont change if Hewitt stays or leaves. Stay home and play for an established program…I mean UGA has not looked good this year…they struggle with mediocre teams. Fox has two future NBA players on the roster right now….he should be dominating a down SEC. Im not ready to say he is a good coach yet….ill reserve my thoughts on Hewitt.

Rich

February 8th, 2011
3:59 am

Hahahaha at those dook fans acting like their bigs actually do anything other than screen and get OR, during a game. Great coaching from WOJO.

ormewood

February 8th, 2011
8:59 am

If he wants to set screens, grab offensive rebounds and kick it out to shooters, then Duke is the place for Tony.

burrr

February 8th, 2011
10:44 am

For the comment GT cannot recruit against UNC or Duke…You’re wrong signed Derrick Favors, Iman shumpert, and many more, As for everyone else who is making this a Duke vs. UNC arguement ohio state is in as good of a spot as anyone.

AJCHEAD

February 8th, 2011
3:54 pm

GREAT job, wow..i was at the game and it was great to see two players of that caliber, would have loved to see what they could have done, if they had played a full game. This is why we need a shot clock in basketball, MillerGrove held the ball the entire 3rd quarter because SWD wouldn’t come out of the zone. Great call by the MGHS staff cause SWD looked poised to run out with the crowd involved. How do you stay in a zone for 7+ minutes, then let MGHS get a dunk attempt off and get fouled to end the quarter. THATS just dumb as coaching…SWD has too much talent to play the way they are playing, and whats the hype with this JORDAN kid, i think he scored maybe 6 points that game, MGHS defense can’t be that good, OVERRATED…..

DecaturFinest

February 8th, 2011
4:13 pm

@AJCHEAD the Jordan kid didn’t have a good shooting night but still had like 8 asst. and 7 rebs. He also lead the team in scoring with 20 a game. MGHS actually has a very good defense. The game was a very good game when they were playing but no one was spectacular including Tony & Shaq. Both teams played great defense because both teams avg over 75 pts.

Milton dad

February 11th, 2011
2:19 pm