Lithonia’s Tony Parker representing ‘country, family, school, community’ for Team USA

Tony Parker, international basketball star.

Tony Parker, international basketball star.

Tony Parker has absolutely no fear of flying. And it’s a good thing. Friday morning he was boarding a flight to Lithuania.

That’s nothing for him. This time last year he was bound for Argentina. It comes with the territory when one plays basketball on an international level.

Parker, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound rising junior at Lithonia’s Miller Grove High School, made the USA U17 Men’s World Championship team after a tryout in San Antonio, Texas, last weekend. Friday, he and his 11 teammates from all over America — click HERE TO SEE ROSTER — headed to Europe for two weeks of practices, exhibition games and world championship tournament play.

Team USA will practice on Saturday, play Russia’s U18 in an exhibition game on Sunday, practice Monday, play Lithuania’s U17 team in an exhibition on Tuesday, then head to Hamburg, Germany, for more practices before the tournament commences.

It’s a whirlwind tour. But Parker’s not complaining.

“It’s great to be going to another country and especially playing for my country and representing my family, my school and my community,” said Parker, shortly before boarding his flight Friday. “It feels like yesterday I was just flying to San Antonio for the tryouts. It all happened kind of fast.”

But it’s nothing new for Parker, who will be taking a break from his Georgia Stars team AAU to represent his county. Last year he went to Argentina as a member of the USA developmental team. All but two of those players make up the U17 squad that will be competing in the world championship tournament over the two weeks.

“It’s basically the same team as last year,” Parker said. “We have a lot of chemistry. That’s why we play so well together.”

Parker’s accomplishments have Miller Grove coach Sharman White absolutely busting his buttons.

“It’s just a credit to Tony for the hard work he has put forth his whole career,” White said. “I’m elated not only for him but for his family, our school and our community. I can’t think of a better representative for us.”

Meanwhile, while Parker is traipsing the globe, his college basketball recruitment remains on hold. It will probably come as no surprise to know that virtually every team in the country would like to have this well-seasoned and polished basketball player represent their school.

“I’m hearing from a lot of colleges,” Parker said. “But I don’t really have a favorite or anything at this point. I haven’t really had a lot of time to think about it.”

That might be the understatement of the year.

Parker said he has “narrowed” his list of schools to 11, including Georgia and Georgia Tech. The others are Alabama, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Clearly, whatever school wins the “Tony Parker Sweepstakes” is going to get an experienced, polished basketball player.

“The thing about it is he’s getting better and better,” said White, whose Miller Grove team has won the last two Class AAAA state championship teams. “He works really hard with a personal trainer. He just wants to be the best. That’s his specific goal, to be the best player. He’s his biggest critic, so if he feels like there’s something he needs to work on, he works on it — hard.”

At this rate, best seems possible.

42 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

June 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Is he the son of SA’s Tony Parker and Eva Longoria?

Just kidding, Congrats, represent Georgia well, sounds like bright kid

rduck

June 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Soounds like a helluva player. Love to see him come to Tech or at least stay in state. Good luck to you young man..

Davey Boy Smith

June 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

I believe that he is just a rising Junior in high school.

use your hands in football

June 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

One and done? Where have I heard this before

DaVOL

June 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Best of luck. Can’t wait to see you in the Orange and White!

decdawg

June 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

Once fox’s dawgs roll through the sec and tourny next season, Parker will see the light and join what’s new and happening with the other GA talent right here in Athens! No doubt where the excitement will be. UGA!

Cracker Jacket

June 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

What kind of student is he or does that matter to colleges now?

Ms. Parker

June 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

He is a great student. He has well over a 3 point grade point average. Whether it matters to the colleges or not it matters to him and his parents! Tony works hard on and off the court.

JB

June 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

Cracker…..about the same as Reggie Ball…..worked out for Reggie at one of the finest higher learning places on earth…….Where’s Reggie working….I mean what firm is he with?….LOL

al

June 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

to go along with the grades….it probably looks good for getting into college that he has spent time abroad…that is a huge learning experience in itself

JB

June 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

Kid will be a star….Hope it’s at UGA……..But he’ll do anybody proud, especially Mrs. Parker and Dad.

Michael Wooden

June 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

Great kid from a terrific family. Go get ‘em, Tony!

MJW

Local Girl

June 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

For those of us who are negative towards people that strive for greatness I hope you aren’t adults… and for the record you are the commentators\haters who do just that stay in your place. You make him famous. Unlike yourselves!!! Cracker and JB!!!

Jaz Parker

June 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

GREAT JOB TONY!!! WE ARE SO PROUD!!!!

RJM Dawg

June 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

Sounds like a great kid and a great athlete! Hope he considers UGA, but i’m sure he will be successful at whatever school he chooses.

MGHS # 1 Fan

June 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

Congrats Tony! MGHS is full of bball talent and we are extremely proud to have a player like Tony in our mist. He’s definately goin places in the future and can’t wait to see him develop even more in his college career! ;-)

Aunt Renee

June 25th, 2010
4:10 pm

My great-nephew is a wonderful young man that God has blessed to be a great student, both academically and athletically. Whereever he decides to go, you can bet he will do his best and represent us all, family, friends, community, and America. GO TONY!!!!

Old Gold

June 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

If he has a high IQ he will play for the Jackets otherwise he is a dog.

Buzz Buzz Buzz. Feel the sting!

redeployed dawg

June 25th, 2010
4:25 pm

I think that his comments and the comments by probable family members on here attest to this kid being a young man of character. Good luck and continue to make GA proud.

Stevie

June 25th, 2010
4:54 pm

Sharman White is one of the top 5 worst coaches in the game.

cswest

June 25th, 2010
5:01 pm

Great job Tony! My nephew works hard for what he wants that includes his grades. I willing be ready for my front row seat to see my little big guy play. Just keeping moving forward Tony.

tenn.DAWG

June 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

Would be a nice addition to the Coach Fox ” Dream Team “.

Cuzcin

June 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

I would like to say congratulations Tony for a job well done. You have worked hard academically and in the game. I know you will represent the family and our country well. GOOOO TONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cuzkhai

June 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

Tony is one of the best basketball players I’ve ever seen. I want to say congrats to him. Do great tony!

DB

June 25th, 2010
7:42 pm

Outstanding job Tony, keep working hard and continue to stay focused on being more than just an athlete. Everyone is very proud of your accomplishments!

Proud Big Sis

June 25th, 2010
9:52 pm

I am so proud of you Tony! You’re a true inspiration to all, continue to remain true to yourself and rise closer to your dreams! Your HARDWORK in every aspect is paying off! Disregard negitivity, this is about YOU and your outstanding accomplishments! Half of the people out here would NEVER be able to walk in your shoes,they just dont have what it takes, Believe That!

Notice to Writers: Keep your negative comments to yourself, I mean seriously, take care of your own…get a hobby…do something…Just don’t share your ignorance with us! Thanks!

TJames

June 25th, 2010
10:25 pm

Congrats Tony!!! Stay positive and continue to work hard.

To Tony’s family members that have posted on this blog I congratulate you on circling the wagons, supporting and protecting the young man against evil, negative, neoconservatives forces that feel justified in attacking a kids character and intelligence because he’s black and athletic.

May God con’t to bless him and all of you.

Sthside

June 26th, 2010
12:43 am

Tony, way to represent all the great Georgian’s across this state! We’re cheering for you. Hopefully in a few years you’ll take your talents to Athens and represent the State again as a Georgia Bulldog.

Congrats to you and your very proud family

#1faninLR

June 26th, 2010
3:44 am

Tony, continue your aspiration to be the best that you can be. You have shown us in both academics and athletics that you have what it takes to be a winner. Let no one define U but U. Continue your dream! God Bless You. Remember to always keep the ball in your court!! We are soooo proud of you. Go and bring home the GOLD!!

COACH

June 26th, 2010
7:43 am

Tony thank for being such a great and humble young man. you talent although great does not compare to your character. your parents,teachers,coaches, and community are proud of you. luv ya

Morrus

June 26th, 2010
10:42 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

GoTony

June 26th, 2010
11:14 am

Go Tony!!!! Represent USA!!!!!! Great Job! WOW! This is amazing man!

#1faninLR

June 26th, 2010
12:50 pm

Morrus, wrong room for politics.

PearlVolFinal4

June 26th, 2010
1:48 pm

Best of luck to a fine young man. Make us all proud!

Then come join the FUN northward in Knoxville just like
GA natives – Cameron Tatum (Tucker), Kenny Hall (Stone Mountain),
Trae Golden (Powder Springs), Jordan McRae (Midway), and
Kevin Ware (Conyers)

Tony's Teacher

June 26th, 2010
5:13 pm

This kid is a rare talent on and off of the court. I had the pleasure of teaching him his freshman year at the school. In the beginning he was a bit shy, but he quickly emerged as one of the top performers in the class. I can recall on game day, against one of the schools biggest rivals, Tony came in for a 30-minute tutorial, to get clarity on the lesson and get help on his project.Now that’s dedication! In the end, Toney finished with one of the highest grades in the class. I knew then, that this kid was special. Toney, keep working hard.

Ms. Debra W.

June 27th, 2010
1:32 am

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Congratulations Tony!!! Ur humble and gracious spirit r exemplary of ur upbringing instilled by ur parents. All of the Parker children exhibit this same spirit. Kudos to Mom n Dad! Go Tony!!!

Aunt Minnetta

June 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

Tony, I am extremely proud of you and ALL of your accomplishments. Your hard work is and will continue to payoff. God has truly blessed you. Keep up the good work and don’t let anyone deter you.

Cuzzo Nelly Belly

June 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

Congratulations lil cuz!! I’m soooo proud of you:-) Anybody who needs a lesson on working hard to achieve their dreams should take notes from you! You are a true inspiration. Keep working hard and making everyone proud:-) I love you! XOXOXO

Kc

June 27th, 2010
10:37 pm

Fantastic job Tony! I saw your DAD play many times and he is one of the greatest long range shooters and complete players that I have ever seen play basketball!

Do you know what you're talking about?

June 27th, 2010
10:43 pm

TJames-

What are you talking about? Neoconservatives? The term refers to a stand on foreign policy and does not pertain to a race issue. It seems like you are the one on her with a race issue. Please keep that to yourself. I wish this young man the best of luck no matter what color his skin is! I’m proud that we have great young/smart athletes that are willing to show their patriotism and represent the US. Please don’t drag the race issue into this! Congratulations Tony!! Can’t wait to see where you end up in college and the pros!

COACH JACK BUSH

June 27th, 2010
10:53 pm

TONY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I AM AS PROUD OF YOU AS YOUR DAD. HE WAS ONE OF MY BEST GUARDS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

ckcolvin

June 28th, 2010
10:25 pm

The family is about education. Sister graduated from Tuskegee University. Is now in Law School. Middle sister is due to graduate in 2013 with a major in Chemical Engineering. The young man comes from a family of educators. Why do we as a community have to continue to try and destroy a young African American Male trying to live the American Dream.