In middle school, Tony Parker wasn’t the person people expected to start on four high school state championship basketball teams. Some even wondered if he’d make his high school team.
Parker was 6-foot-3 and nearly 300 pounds — in the seventh grade.
“I wasn’t always as slim as I am now,’’ Parker said. “I averaged around four points a game. When I scored, the crowd went crazy. That’s how horrible I was. Me and my dad [Virgil Parker] used to be in the gym, and people would come by and say, ‘Oh, you got you a lineman out there.’
“But I kept playing … and I kept playing. It gave me lot of ambition to prove to people that I really was a basketball player.’’
If there were ever a time to gloat, it’s now. Parker is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s state Player of the Year.
Parker is 6-9, 270 pounds, or maybe a little heavier when wearing four Class AAAA championship rings. No other Georgia player has been a starter on four state champions