Basketball: Tony Parker has Duke, Memphis and Ohio State as leaders

Tony Parker (No. 32) and Brandon Morris are double trouble as college basketball prospects out of three-time state champion Miller Grove (AJC photo)

Tony Parker (No. 32) and Brandon Morris are double trouble as college basketball prospects out of three-time state champion Miller Grove (AJC photo)

Duke, Memphis and Ohio State are the leaders for Miller Grove High School’s Tony Parker, who is ranked among the nation’s top 25 college basketball prospects.

The top 3 national recruiting targets out of Georgia are all power forwards, and the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Parker is one of them. The other two are Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Thomasville’s Robert Carter.

Duke, Memphis and Ohio State are Parker’s leaders, and he is also looking at a few other schools. “Those other three are his leaders, but Tony also is talking with North Carolina, UConn and UCLA,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White. “Tony is going to take some official visits during the fall. He hasn’t decided if he will sign early [in November] or wait until after his senior season.”

Another player from Miller Grove, the three-time Class AAAA state champions, is also being highly recruited. Brandon Morris, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is being recruited the hardest by Georgia Tech, UGA, Memphis, Clemson and Auburn, according to his coach.

White, who has built a dynasty at the DeKalb County high school, was one of only a few prep coaches from across the country selected to work at Nike’s LeBron James Skills Academy earlier this summer (Milton High School’s David Boyd was chosen to work at the Nike Elite 100 camp).

Update: It was Duke, not North Carolina, in Parker’s top 3, although Parker is still talking with the Tar Heels.

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31 comments Add your comment

Remarkable

July 26th, 2011
6:12 pm

txfood

July 26th, 2011
6:13 pm

txfood

July 26th, 2011
6:13 pm

Joe

July 26th, 2011
6:19 pm

Mark Fox should leave at the first offer he gets. He has no prayer of succeeding at Georgia.

Hewitt Fan

July 26th, 2011
6:19 pm

Morris will not be signing with GT..GT will have the worst class in the ACC!..the AUU circuit is about to teach GT a lesson they will never forget!

Hewitt Fan

July 26th, 2011
6:19 pm

BC

July 26th, 2011
6:55 pm

Don’t worry about Mark Fox, Tubby left the blue prints on how to exit UGA .

[...] Duke, Memphis and Ohio State are Parker?s leaders, and he is also looking at a few other schools. ?Those other three are his leaders, but Tony also is talking with North Carolina, UConn and UCLA,? Miller Grove coach Sharman White. ?Tony is going to take some official visits during the fall. He hasn?t decided if he will sign early [in November] or wait until after his senior season.? http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…ogs_recruiting [...]

Only way Fox leaves

July 26th, 2011
7:07 pm

is if he gets an offer from an elite school. UGA is a destination job. Name a coach who left of his own accord in the last 50 years outside of Tubby Smith and Ron Polk. Tubby turned down Ohio State but could not resist one of the country’s premier programs. Polk returned to the school that named the stadium after him.

Dawginit.

July 26th, 2011
7:15 pm

You Tech geeks would love for Fox to leave. He’s building something at UGA and you guys are getting nervous.

slydog

July 26th, 2011
7:15 pm

Note to Mark Fox: Move on now and move on quickly. Go after Shaq Goodwin hard and fast. Duke and Ohio St.? We know exactly where this kid’s mind is at. Nothing wrong with trying to guarantee yourself a shot in the title game and NBA riches. Memphis is yesterday’s news without Calipari. Go after players who want to help build a sleeping powerhouse, not those who prefer instant gratification. Coach Fox may have to win the SEC regular season and tournament to get this ball rolling in the right direction. It needs to be done while Tech basketball is down.

blazer

July 26th, 2011
7:44 pm

Wish Gregory would recruit players he was at Dayton
a five star center and a big guard from Indiana
AAU people are not coming to Tech

StephenDawg

July 26th, 2011
7:57 pm

Joe should leave

Hwy441

July 26th, 2011
8:49 pm

Fox – Go get Shaq…or send Boyd he can get him.

Outside Observer

July 26th, 2011
9:20 pm

Still waiting for Hewittfan’s big news to break. He promised it a week after Brian Oliver left. And yet, here we are, still waiting…

RaleighDawg

July 26th, 2011
10:35 pm

Just wondering if watching how Fox handled Miller Grove alum Donte Williams last yeat helped make up Tony’s mind that UGA was not going to be in the mix…

Hewitt Fan

July 26th, 2011
11:10 pm

Outside Observer

“Still waiting for Hewittfan’s big news to break. He promised it a week after Brian Oliver left. And yet, here we are, still waiting…”

A PG who plays for GT was seriously considering leaving, but he decided to stay…..the same kid who this article is about plays with the CELTICS and also played with the PG I am talking about in High School

Wheelbarrow

July 26th, 2011
11:24 pm

Why would Donte Williams not playing much effect Tony Parker’s thinking? Do you think Parker is thinking “Fox does not like Miller Grove kids so he will not play us”? No, Donte is just not that good at this point. Athletic but lacks skills. Hopefully he will develop. This had no influence on Tony Parker. He wants to go to a big time program and play on national TV. Simple as that.

DogDawg

July 26th, 2011
11:34 pm

The Nerds need to go in a corner with their sliderules and forget about sports. Their football and basketball programs are doing the dead cat bounce.

March Madness

July 26th, 2011
11:41 pm

I’m surprised one of the local colleges, UGA or Tech, hasn’t tried to hire coach White. Talk about a pipe line! Not only from MGHS but all of Dekalb Co.!

MGHS parent

July 26th, 2011
11:59 pm

I heard Coach White was offered a couple of college jobs and turned them down to stay at The Grove.
Can’t blame him. He has a dynasty. They are a “lock” for #4 this year. After this season, I bet he’s off to college and dominates recruiting in ATL .. Best of luck this year Coach W!

Hubie Green

July 27th, 2011
8:14 am

Coach White is an ideal candidate for a college position, but keep in mind many head college coaches will not hire somebody who might actually be a better coach than they are. There are and have been a number of high school coaches that have demonstrated that good players want to play for them. I’d go so far as to say that Miller Grove and Milton had better teams than any other college team in the state other than UGA and Ga. Tech. You can also throw Norcross in there and Columbia.

[...] UPDATE: One of Georgia’s top basketball players has Duke, Memphis and Ohio State as his leaders. Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward from Miller Grove High School, is also talking with North Carolina and NCAA champion UConn (click on story link) [...]

Outside Observer

July 27th, 2011
10:25 am

Hewitt fan, I thought that might be who you were referring to. The same player who was a top thirty prospect in the country, did not play for the Celtics if my memory serves me correctly, came to Tech and was very good for the first few games, but the more he learned from Paul Hewitt, the worse he got, as is clearly evident from his production the first few games of his career to now. I have high hopes for him the next two years. I think he can learn a lot from Gregory and will regain the confidence he lost while playing under our former coach. I’d be willing to bet the best year of his career so far will be this year.

ToeMeetsLeather

July 27th, 2011
3:46 pm

Glad to see this “one-and-doner” go to a basketball factory. Why go to TECH if you don’t give a flip about getting an education. Been there and done that at TECH with Hewitt, gave up my season tickets. Gregory will build a program with student athletes.

old school

July 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

Anyone who watched Tony Parker in the State Championship game saw a very immature overrated player. He complained about every call and has no fundamentals. Big kid who needs to hit the weight room. All this hype over players that can’t do anything else but dunk is getting old!!

[...] UPDATE: One of Georgia’s top basketball players has Duke, Memphis and Ohio State as his leaders. Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward from Miller Grove High School, is also talking with North Carolina and NCAA champion UConn (click on story link) [...]

[...] UPDATE: One of Georgia’s top basketball players has Duke, Memphis and Ohio State as his leaders. Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward from Miller Grove High School, is also talking with North Carolina and NCAA champion UConn (click on story link) [...]

black1

July 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Well this recruiting is getting crazy. I think this kid has to work more on his game. I dont see his game improving any. Only thing is he can dunk now. Thats why european players are getting drafted now.

Mark is not Foxy

July 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

Fox is building something? Eh, he hasn’t impressed at all. Don’t kid yourself: the UGa job isn’t on the same stratosphere as GT’s and a couple head-to-head wins isn’t going to change that whatsoever. Fox is getting manhandled in recruiting…why? Because he’s an overhyped, overrated coach and UGa is not a good basketball job.

tom

August 12th, 2011
6:52 pm

Parker would fit in well at Memphis. They play fast and have a great trainer who can get him NBA ready.