Coast-to-coast recruitment of Milton’s Dai-Jon Parker ends tonight (poll added)

Milton guard Dai-Jon Parker scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds in the Class AAAAA state championship game last March. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Milton guard Dai-Jon Parker scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds in the Class AAAAA state championship game last March. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Say this for Dai-Jon Parker. He’s not afraid jump on an air plane and go see some places.

Parker, a four-star shooting guard from Milton High School in Alpharetta, traveled the length and breadth of the United States to determine which college he wants to attend on a basketball scholarship. The five finalists in the sweepstakes to land this 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete are as varied geographically as they are competitively.

Parker went to the Pacific Northwest to check out Oregon State, to the Northeast to visit Rhode Island, to the Midwest/Southwest to see Oklahoma State and to the Tennessee Valley to explore Vanderbilt. Oh, and then there was that 60-mile drive up the road to the University of Georgia.

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In all, that’s more than 8,000 miles of travel as a crow flies. And Parker enjoyed every minute of it.

“It was business, but I had a good time with it,” Parker said. “The best part of it is all the fine food you get. And, I enjoyed meeting all the players and getting to play ball with them.”

His favorite destination? Probably Corvallis, Ore. “The climate is really nice and the scenery is great,” he said.

After tonight, the only traveling Parker will be doing is the 94 feet from one end of a basketball floor to the other. He plans to announce his college choice tonight after the Milton-Roswell football game and before Milton’s second-annual “Midnight Madness” exhibition basketball practice.

“I thought it would be pretty cool to do it then,” said Parker, who averaged about 19 points per game as a junior for the defending state champion Eagles. “We had [Midnight Madness] for the first time last year and it was a lot of fun. I just thought it would be great to do it in front of may teammates and all of our students and fans.”

Georgia has made Parker a top priority. The Bulldogs want to pair him in a backcourt with five-star guard Kentavious Caldwell of Greenville, who is already committed. But coach Mark Fox has already been left at the altar on another Milton basketball star as power forward Julian Royal chose Georgia Tech over UGA a few weeks ago.

So where’s he going to go? Internet chatter late this week seems to favor Vanderbilt. Only Parker and his coaches (Milton’s David Boyd and Kenny Loyd of AAU’s Georgia Netburners) know for sure and neither they nor Parker are offering any hints.

Parker said he will have the hats and shirts of his five finalists on display but is not letting on much more about his plans.

As for the timing, it’s no accident that Parker’s announcement comes right before the season starts and about a week before the early signing period begins.

“I wanted to get it done early so I can focus on high school ball and enjoy the season,” he said.

With as many as six college prospects on the roster, Milton is expected to contend for a second straight state championship and will be in line for a mythical national title.

And for a few months at least, Parker will be traveling by bus.

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Saint Simons

November 5th, 2010
6:27 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))


Glory Glory

November 5th, 2010
6:42 am

Welcome to Athens Dai-Jon!!!

Saint Simons, sorry to hear about Nesbitt. I’m sure you guys will be fine without him in Athens over Thanksgiving. I know it’s hard to lose the leading Heisman candidate this late in the year, but stick in there kid! Stephen Hill will catch like 30 passes!!!


November 5th, 2010
6:59 am

Hey glory glory…you sir are an a hole. You never heard GT people say that about Stafford and Knowshon. You are a classless piece of sh.. If you think Dai-Jon is coming to Athens, you are high already

@Saint Simons

November 5th, 2010
7:00 am

(((( 30 – 24 ))))



November 5th, 2010
7:18 am

I’m hoping Athens, but with our luck it will be Vanderbilt. Hey Dai-Jon, check out Oregon in January.

Chip, will you have the update tonight for those of us who can’t go to Midnight Madness?

Old Boy

November 5th, 2010
8:10 am

Even St. Simons can’t make me talk bad about Nesbitt. Even though I am a dawg fan, I still have to respect Nesbitt’s toughness and desire. He played football right and I hate to see a guy go down like that his senior year.
As for Dai-Jon, it would be great seeing him go to Athens. Fox has proven what he can do with some decent talent; let’s see what he can do with some studs.


November 5th, 2010
8:19 am

((((((((28-21)))))))) suck on that A’int simon! How is the rest of your year going to be with out “the robot”?


November 5th, 2010
8:19 am

…either way this goes…and where he eventually signs, Fox is stll early in the relationship building process. Alot of the guys he missed out on have had lengthy coach/player relationships with their chosen schools…. Can’t wait to see the New Steg this fall/winter…

… Sorry to see Nesbitt go down last night…. hard fought wild game also that was enjoyable to watch….


November 5th, 2010
8:43 am

…You never heard GT people say that about Stafford and Knowshon….

Probably because they didn’t get hurt in their final year and they actually had a chance of playing their position in the NFL.

Yeah, the nerds ran their mouth plenty about those two in reality.

Jes sayin…

gem dawg

November 5th, 2010
8:46 am

It would be a fine sight, Kentavious and Dai-Jon paired in the Steg, just haven’t heard any positive rumors leading me to think it will happen.
Most Dawg fans are really sorry about the injury to Nesbitt, the guy is a great player and worthy of Heisman consideration….hope he’s fine soon.

David Boyd cheats

November 5th, 2010
9:01 am

The buzz in Milton is that he will go to Okla St.

Most people in Milton are looking forward to this AAU team graduating and going away. None of those players live in Milton. Boyd and the boys basketball team may win a lot of games but they are an embarrassment to the community. Good riddance!


November 5th, 2010
9:03 am

“THUGA BB is irrelevant”

Didn’t we beat you guys?


November 5th, 2010
9:06 am

Yes you beat us, we are about .500 with you home and away. I don’t recall you being in the SEC championship game,must have missed that.Oh yeah i must have missed your NCAA tournament games last year too. FOx has a losing record at THUGA.

Like i said THUGA is IRRELEVANT in BB


November 5th, 2010
9:09 am

Kind of like when we beat you in football last year and made your ACC Championship irrelevant?


November 5th, 2010
9:30 am

ACC CHampionship was VERY relevant. Has THUGA won a championship lately, Girlie Gymnastics don’t count

UGA Advocate

November 5th, 2010
9:34 am

Why does GT Nerds always bring up the scores once UGA is defeated..
“Let’s see you beat us with all of your undersized lineman and mediocre position players”….get a life

South GA

November 5th, 2010
9:41 am

Buzz Me,

I’m sorry to hear about Nesbitt getting hurt, but just to respond to your statement, I’ve heard tech fans say unspeakable things they’d like to see happen to UGA players in prior years. It’s sad really. No one should take pride in seeing anyone get hurt.


November 5th, 2010
9:47 am

UGA BB will be good and may push for respect this year
don’t look now but UGA BB got an invite to THE BIG DANCE

st TOOL simons

November 5th, 2010
9:49 am

Turn the page dude!

Have a nice winter with NO BOWL game after getting WRECKED in season finale – by a FRESHMAN QB.


November 5th, 2010
9:50 am

I know this is about basketball, but to the idiot who gets on the recruiting blog every day and rips UGA for not signing Cam Newton out of junior college what do you think now?

Matthews Dawg

November 5th, 2010
9:55 am

I was at the GT vs VT game last night in Blacksburg! I really didn’t care who won, but GT lost the game in the first half when CPJ decided to start throwing the football! GT had VT on the ropes, knocked down and then let them up. If UGA plays the run the way VT did, it will be a long day. The GT fans should be screaming about CPJ and the play calling. It is ashame that Nesbitt got hurt. You never want that to happen to any player at anytime in their career. It was an exciting game to watch. I guess GT now knows how it feels when you look at our loss to UF. Shoulda, woulda, coulda! Go Dawgs!


November 5th, 2010
10:15 am

Parker will make his decision live on at 9:30pm tonight.


November 5th, 2010
10:17 am

sandyspringsjacket is just upset because Teck is headed for (another) 6-6 season and a losing record in basketball. Keep Paul Hewitt and Paul Johnson! Those were two great hires, UGA couldn’t have picked better coaches for Teck. Georgia Teck is irrelevant in everything, yet they win one football game and all of the sudden they’re Alabama.


November 5th, 2010
10:25 am

I take it Nesbit got hurt last night? That’s too bad techies… but I’m not that shocked. The QB in PJ’s offense is going to be taking some licks and you’ll have to get used to being more likely to take an injury at that position. Those licks were ok at GSU and the likes, but in big boy football you’ve got a lot more force behind them. Tough break though anyways.

As far as the topic on hand, it doesn’t sound like we’re getting the recruit. I’ll be sure to check in tomorrow though Chip and see how it goes.


November 5th, 2010
10:30 am

Ain’t Simons craves attention – ignore him.

hoot owl

November 5th, 2010
10:34 am

Dai-Jon , Keenesaw State wants you


November 5th, 2010
10:35 am

go to Vandy-it is at least a bball school!!


November 5th, 2010
10:42 am

I am a little amazed that “BUZZ ME” chooses to admonish UGA fans for their comments, yet Techies call UGA players “thugs” over misdemeanors (far too many of them, I agree). So “buzz me”, where is your voice now and why does your fan base feel the need to be so jealous of UGA. It seems there are some of your “pals” on every blog that is about UGA in some form with nothing about GT.
Both schools have the name “Georgia” in them. I am a Georgian and I would enjoy taking pride in all Georgia schools, including Georgia State, Georgia Southern, West Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia and the list goes on……………..Too bad you hate too much.


November 5th, 2010
11:02 am

Cam Newton = Reggie Bush he was bought $ 200,000 .


November 5th, 2010
11:02 am

Nesbitt got hurt because he was not running the ball.He threw an interception and got hurt trying to make the tackle.To make matters worse GT was inside the 10 and running the ball effectively.That turnover cost GT at least 3 but probably 7.

Big Bob

November 5th, 2010
11:48 am

Saint Simon, choke on this (((((28-21)))))!

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Scratch: Good catch. My bad.


November 5th, 2010
11:57 am

Who cares he is not a difference maker. Oh by the way did anyone see Tony Douglass last night he was flat out balling for the Knicks. I did not realize he was that good but the Bulls had no answer for him.


November 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

Matthews Dawg:

It would take a Georgia fan to complain about play calling, but Jacket fans are just fine with their play caller. It is amazing to me how negative Georgia fans are if everything doesn’t go their way and this wasn’t even a Georgia game. I would hate to have to live with a person who can’t ever see the positives in people and only look for the negatives. I feel sorry for your family to have to put up with you.


November 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

Hey chip what do think about Clarke Central being #1 i went there when Billy Henderson was the coach.


November 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

@g-dub Noles knew. I prayed the Hawks took him, but sadly I watched him goto the Knicks…


November 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

Bill..don’t think that Matthews Dawg was being overly negative…i think that he was trying to call some comparisons to some of the recent blog comments that our coaching staff has receiveved from some tech fans and most ouf all from our own dawg fans…i beileve that he felt that Tech got away from the run game some…i didn’t catch but the fourth quarter, but it did seem as though Tech was using the pass a little more, but may have been because they were behind and the clock was kind of against them….but i will give them credit, they got socked in the mouth but got right back up and tied the game….i thought they were done for when the KO return happened but you have to give the back-up QB credit, they made some big plays to get back down the field in a short time…i hate that the injury to Josh happened….he’s the catalyst of your team…but the backup did well…


November 5th, 2010
12:57 pm


Any chance we’ll get to see Dai-Jon as a two sport star at UGA. I think he was a WR, which UGA could use…

When is the next mailbag Chip?

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

November 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

I guess basketball recruitment is more exciting these days for UGA fans than football.

UGA is in big recruiting trouble with this years football class – look for ALABAMA to pluck the big time recruits UGA covets and put drive the stake into what has been just a miserable for UGA football.

Did you see Crowell’s interview on ESPN? He likes UGA – but when he talked about BAMA – you could tell where his heart really lies:
– “Alabama is winning a lot of game”
– “Really like Alabama’s players and coaches – talk to the Alabama players every week.
– When asked about UGA NOT having a game breaker at Tailback – Crowell messages was – he did not want to carry a program his freshman year. He had previously stated playing behind Trent Richardson his freshman year would be ideal.
– On last message – UGA is losing a lot of games and their players are being arrested. Alabama is winning a lot of games and they have discipline.

Crowell – Welcome to Alabama
Swann – Welcome to Alabama
Rome – Welcome to Alabama

The road to the SEC title – goes through Tuscaloosa.
The road to 6-6 – goes through Athens.


November 5th, 2010
1:01 pm

ryan…Henderson was a great coach…i actually played for Coach Sellers…used to be the Athens High Trojans…i still…had some great players, and had a great program…State Co-Champs 1969 with Valdosta…still one of the best football teams i ever saw on the high school level and their defense was legendary that year..we had Andy Johnson and they had Don Golden, both QB’sw and fantastic ballplayers who also were at Georgia together…unfortunately Don and his wife were killed tragically in a wreck in Gainesville several years ago…anyway i still follow Clarke Central, just can’t get use to the name…its still the Athens Trojans…glad that they have become a powerhouse again…


November 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

Thanks dawgster and just ignore roll tide with pride .

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

Bull: No, Dai-Jon had multiple offers as a WR but gave up football last spring to concentrate on hoops. As a basketball signee he’s not permitted to play football. . . .

I don’t know when I’ll do another mailbag. Questions kind of dried up. I’ll resurrect soon, tho, just for you!

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

ryan: I think Clarke Central is an awesome team with awesome players!

Chip Towers

November 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

Remarkable: I will.


November 5th, 2010
1:26 pm

Yea Roll Tide…thats why his car has bama stickers on it…no wait, thats georgia stickers…i really think that the rest of the SEC should get out of playing football…according to some only Bama has scholarships to offer…Ryan…that kind of stuff doesn’t really bother me…you know if he goes to Bama then thats fine…but if i were them i wouldn’t be too sure…i’m glad though that Roll Tide knows where the young man’s heart…i will say this however…if anyone doesn’t think that a RB coming out of high school would have the opportunity to be the starting guy and the go to guy…well, i don’t need to say anything else about that…i have seen so many statements from these kids and depending on who is interviewing that mostly i pay little attention to it as i know if i wait a few days i will hear something else…and what i can’t understand though, why is Roll Tide so concerned about our recruiting efforts…i mean why be concerned about the dawgs….for the life of me i can’t understand why some of these faithful followers of Bama, or the gators are so concerned with the dawgs…We will have a great recruiting class and if these guys want to be a part of that then they will…I would think right now that Bama would not have any concerns with us as…i’m sure both us will do just fine in recruiting…go dawgs

Les W. Moore

November 5th, 2010
1:33 pm

Chip, I believe you could post a bed-time story or nursery rhyme and the mutt and bee fans would find something entirely opposite to argue about.

Sounds like Dai-Jon took all his vists in order to see the country. I bet he stays near his momma.


November 5th, 2010
2:07 pm

Sounds like Athens might be the one to beat here…..but OSU with Travis Ford, who is a very good recruiter, and Stallings of Vandy….it would not surprise me to see him head to either.


November 5th, 2010
2:17 pm

This just in…

it seems the domain “” is now available…thought you guys might be interested.


November 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

also just in -

love to hear those Tech b-ball fans talking trash about how bad the UGA b-ball team is – makes the fact that our “terrible” program has beat yours the past couple of years even better!

Keep bringin’ in those 1 and done NBA prospects to Tech, and watch Blewitt ruin them


November 5th, 2010
2:30 pm

Thanks Chip for the updates i do feel bad to what happen Nesbitt not all UGA fans are bad there are some fringe fans but i would never be associated with those type of fans .