And the winner of the Dai-Jon Parker sweepstakes is . . .

. . . Vanderbilt.

The name Dai-Jon means “Gift of Hope.” And as a four-star basketball prospect, Dai-Jon Parker certainly represented that to finalists Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Rhode Island.

But in the end, Milton High School’s star shooting guard went with what he believed was the best school. He made the announcement before a packed out Milton gymnasium gathered for the Eagles’ Midnight Madness practice.

“I said from the beginning that education comes first and that’s why I chose Vanderbilt,” Parker said via webcast on CourtCred.com.

It’s the second time Georgia was left at the altar by a Milton player. The Bulldogs also finished second for Milton power forward Julian Royal, who chose Georgia Tech. The Eagles, who feature six college prospects, are defending Class AAAAA state champions.

99 comments Add your comment

Worm

November 5th, 2010
10:09 pm

Wished you’d have chosen the Dawgs, but you’ll definitely get a great education,as you would at UGA..Good Luck!

BIRDDAWGONE

November 5th, 2010
10:13 pm

Half of the billionaires in America never finished college. Not sure how many graduated from Vanderbilt. But with that said, I’m sure his parents are proud and I wish him the best of luck. Except twice each year.

ryan

November 5th, 2010
10:14 pm

This is not a good sign i will give Fox a chance but the just having Caldwell is not enough UGA should be good this year but next 2 years who knows .

LakeDawg

November 5th, 2010
10:15 pm

Dawgs need a big year on the court to start landing some of these big time recruits. The fact that coach Fox is even in the running for these players says a lot about his recruiting prowess. We know he can coach. The only question mark about him was if he could recruit. UGA is in good hands.

DALTONDAWG706

November 5th, 2010
10:15 pm

Chip man we need some good recruiting news at Georgia. I am seriously beginning to wonder if we are going to get any more commits before february.

wow

November 5th, 2010
10:18 pm

dont worry dawg fans we already have the best player in the state let all these milton boys go to their little nerdy schools

BIG DAWG

November 5th, 2010
10:18 pm

Ryan, your writing skills show me that you failed to make it through college – and you are going to give Mark Fox a chance! Get a life, dreamer.

GO DAWGS

November 5th, 2010
10:21 pm

there is no reason to hang our heads another year of gaining respect will go along way and if dai jon thinks hes to good to be a dawg then come next year i cant wait to beat him

GO DAWGS

November 5th, 2010
10:25 pm

but i will admit basketball recruiting news has sucked i hope to god someone out there wants to play with caldwell

KimZ'sPackage

November 5th, 2010
10:27 pm

In what language does that name translate into “Gift of Hope”? If you post then please be ready to give a source. I think the GIFT of HOPE was that mom and dad get some NBA money real fast.

suwaneedawg

November 5th, 2010
10:29 pm

If we win this year, they will come. Bottomline.

Football Fan

November 5th, 2010
10:29 pm

Just be glad that Caldwell picked UGA. He’s better than any Milton player.

Bama Fan #2

November 5th, 2010
10:30 pm

Vandy has a very good basketball program and is tough to beat at home!! The basketball
teams bench is on the base line near the baskets, very odd!! RTR

KimZ'sPackage

November 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

Winner?
YouGA getting WINNER? You mutts offered him a scholly. YouGa is not the winner.

bwell

November 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

Dawg fans hold your head up, when we do good on the court this year, the recruits will see. I’m very upset to see so much talent leave the great state of our and play somewhere else. They have two power schools to choose from ga and tech. Make the state school better, not going off across the nation or nashville, hey what do I know, education first, at least he thinking beyond basketball.

GO DAWGS

November 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

1.Caldwell

2.milton players…..

KimZ'sPackage

November 5th, 2010
10:33 pm

Bama Fan #2
And DUKE’s Cameron indoor is small with the students littering the COURT. And your point is. Vandy plays on a raised STAGE that was made for the Drama department.

suwaneedawg

November 5th, 2010
10:34 pm

Clark County Correctional Institute

November 5th, 2010

And we will still beat tech in football & basketball this year…DAMN, that’s got to hurt!

KimZ'sPackage

November 5th, 2010
10:37 pm

suwannee
are you so sure? Why don’t you wait untill you beat Idaho St and Auburn before you talk smack.

bigguy

November 5th, 2010
10:38 pm

KimZ’sPackage – Where is it that you play? NADA?

ryan

November 5th, 2010
10:38 pm

Big Dawg UGA is going to have a big year its just that it has been so quiet on the recruiting front and that make me gets frustrated sorry about my typing skills

The Ole Ball Coach

November 5th, 2010
10:41 pm

Milton High Obvious not a Georgia school, UGA will have to look else where and guess what will
:)

ryan

November 5th, 2010
10:44 pm

Here some good news Hawks have won 7 in a row .

ryan

November 5th, 2010
10:49 pm

Those are the worst post i have ever seen there no place for that crap .

ryan

November 5th, 2010
10:57 pm

Yea Chip you need to something i know there is freedom of speech but Milton dad is right this is creepy .

The Sham

November 5th, 2010
11:05 pm

Come on guys… do we really need to have someone moderating the comments we are posting? Can’t you show some class and quite embarrassing all of Georgia? We’re not all a bunch of racist rednecks!

You keep this up and they’ll shut off all comments or have them delayed in posting AFTER the censor you!

Fishawk

November 5th, 2010
11:12 pm

The idiots who insist on negatively commenting on a kids decision to select a school of high academic standards should be banned from commenting. Why should the rest of us have suffer fools. Stupidity always is unwanted and unnecessary but alas…it may be inevitable.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 5th, 2010
11:17 pm

He knew he would be a back up for at least two years at UGA.. No one likes to ride the bench. Good luck.

Vandy Dawg

November 5th, 2010
11:29 pm

You Dawg fans are funny. Just because a player chooses another school over UGA you bunch of non grads think the kid is crazy. Vandy is by far a better education and a superior basketball program. Keep dreaming of a b ball program you delusional bunch of hopefuls.

Foxy Brown

November 5th, 2010
11:37 pm

Marky mark…NIT if you lucky.

Hey, Bama Mark

November 5th, 2010
11:42 pm

Wake up!!!! These negative posts are from gt fans pretending to be Dawg fans. Get it?

Mark

November 5th, 2010
11:47 pm

Glad he chose Vanderbilt, some of the racist trash here is just over the top. And btw, Memorial Gym wasn’t built for a “drama class” moron. Memorial Gym was built for basketball, it was just designed by someone with a theatre background, in the late 1940’s, a time when architecture wasn’t just all about how many seats you can put in a place or how many different places you can place consessions at. I know this is radical though to most schools in the SEC, the thought of a school designing a basketball facility pre-1960’s.

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
11:57 pm

ryan, others: Sorry for all the offensive comments from insensitive posers. I was on the move after the Newnan-E.Coweta game down in Sharpsburg and just got to a place where I could back online. I’ve deleted bunches and banned a few. Be sure to report abuses by clicking the link at the side of blog.

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
11:59 pm

The Ole Ball Coach: If I’m not mistaken I believe Dennis Felton’s children attend Milton. Does anybody know that for sure?

JackSquire

November 6th, 2010
12:01 am

You can find the meaning of the name Daijon all over the internet you stupid racist rednecks. Took me all of 2 minutes to find the info, so if you fools can post your dumb rants on the AJC website, you knobs should be able to search for where Towers came up with that, twits. Maybe the “web” scares the droogs who can’t even spell the word “dog” correct.

Baldemar Huerta

November 6th, 2010
12:20 am

Just the beginning of a disastrous recruiting season for UGA. Let the drunken wife beating begin.

firsty

November 6th, 2010
12:23 am

Fox’s teams were in a downward trend at Nevada because of his lack of recruiting ability. He made the NCAA’s with Trent Johnson’s players. He lost in the first round of the CBI his last two years with his players. Once Trent’s players graduated Nevada has not seen the NCAA tournamet since. Kind of like Fox inheriting Leslie and Thompkins. Things will go south once they leave. Fox has never built anything before. He could not ride a recruiting wave on Trent’s success even.

dawg fight

November 6th, 2010
1:15 am

Chip, Dennis Felton’s son was on the Milton team last year.

UGA Rules!

November 6th, 2010
1:34 am

The quote by Birddawggone simply shows why UGA folks (I know I am one also…but most that I went to school with rarely attended class, bought cliff notes and ekked by…where as I was there for the education) graduate while remaining mostly ignorant. The value of an education is more than simply dollars and cents! A person that loves the learning process is simply a happier individual. Education is valuable intrinsically as much as anything. Why do you think people with Ph.D’s and teach or work for the government are still usually content with life??? Not everyone tries to learn simply for a paycheck. The education itself is valued!!! Sometimes I feel surrounded by animals rather than humans on this campus!

Herb Bell

November 6th, 2010
3:34 am

Hey, I’m a Nashvillian now who grew up in Hotlanta. I had season tickets to Vandy basketball and football for over 30 years. Flat out enjoyed their basketball with many wonderful seasons… yeah, I was a martyr for the football… drove home many an afternoon in the dumps!

When I listen to the Vandy players in an interview, it’s nice to hear kids who can speak the English language… in addition to being good basketball players.

Great win for Vandy… go ‘dores!

good for him

November 6th, 2010
6:24 am

sounds like this young man was thinking beyond basketball in case he doesn’t have a fat dog NBA career . a Vandy education will take him far in life . wish you much success in life !

Jim

November 6th, 2010
6:33 am

This kid is not smart enough to pull the academic tasks at Vandy! Prediction: he will not graduate from Vandy and he will not go in the NBA draft. Let’s see him get a job in Nashville or anywhere else in Tennessee after he does not make the grade, both in basketball or in academics.

Stanford Alum in Georgia

November 6th, 2010
6:46 am

If he were truly smart, he would have made an effort to go to Stanford and play for Coach Johnny Dawkins. We all know that it’s more difficult to be admitted into Stanford than Vandy (7% admit rate vs. 15%). However, Stanford’s mens hoops program is rising as its football program. Coach Dawkins had a top 20 recruiting class in 2010 and is working on another such class for 2011. Besides, Stanford and the Bay Area is way more fun than boring Vandy and Nashville.

poopdawg

November 6th, 2010
7:28 am

UGA RULES, you obviously never stepped foot on UGA campus. Dai Jon congrats and good luck. GO DAWGS!

Vandy Dawg

November 6th, 2010
7:31 am

After reading these comments I hope tis kid lights UGA up and the Dawgs take over their normal spot in the SEC. Normal is mediocre at best.

Ann

November 6th, 2010
7:34 am

Jim,
Let’s not slam the kid for setting the bar high. It’s not going to be easy…it wouldn’t be for most kids, but if he kstays focused, why can’t he do it?
I wish you the best, Dai-Jon. Prove them wrong!

John

November 6th, 2010
7:38 am

Anyone have any idea what language Dai-Jon or “Daijon” as it’s listed on some websites is? All I can find is that it’s supposedly “American.” But what lamguage?

BUZZ ME

November 6th, 2010
7:49 am

HA HA HA…MArk Fox the great recruiter. Milton kids have class, UGA ????????????????

Buckeye

November 6th, 2010
7:53 am

Go ‘Dores. Smart decision, kid. You will never regret it. You will enjoy the hell out of Nashville, compete in the SEC and got a top 20 ranked education the value of which will exceed $250,000 and that’s just talking tuition, room and board…..take it from a father of a Vandy Senior.

dawgma

November 6th, 2010
8:01 am

The biggest joke of all is how the hell a predominantly white, horse country neighborhood, north Fulton public high school gets all these blue chip black basketball players in their communities. I can assure you we never see them in their middle school days.

O – did I mention that Milton football parents self reported to the GHSA recruiting violations when an entire line of players suddenly showed up on the football rosters and replaced their kids as starters.

Wake up GHSA – something smells in Milton.