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Coach K made a personal appearance in the Atlanta area on Monday night to scout Miller Grove High School’s Tony Parker.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward is ranked among the nation’s top 25 college prospects. He made official visit to Ohio State last week, and will take recruiting trips to Duke and UCLA by the end of next month. Georgia Tech and UGA also haven’t given up on recruiting Parker.

Mike Krzyzewski wants Parker so bad that Tuesday’s visit was his second to Miller Grove within the last year.  “Coach K said Tony is a priority with them, and that they would really like to see him commit there,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White told the AJC.

“They think Tony can come to Duke and make something happen right away. They are expecting to lose a couple of their big guys after this upcoming season. And with the guys they will have left, Tony’s game will be a little different, which bodes well for Tony. Duke is looking for Tony to be in the mold of an Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer when they played at Duke. Tony’s fit would be similar to their fit to the Duke teams they were on, and they think Tony may bring a little more to the table.”

Coach K (right) with Sharman White, coach of three-time defending Class AAAA state champion Miller Grove High School

Coach K (right) with Sharman White, coach of three-time defending Class AAAA state champion Miller Grove High School

What does Duke think Parker can add to the ACC powerhouse? “They like his rebounding and that he can run the floor very well for his size,” White said. “And they think he has a really nice shooting touch.”

Coach K’s appearance at the DeKalb County school was just another day at the office in recruiting for Parker. Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory stopped by on Monday afternoon, while Ohio State’s Thad Matta flew in last week. Parker is considering an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and UGA.

“Coach Gregory is going to recruit Tony until he signs somewhere,” White said. “He really thinks he can turn that program around, that he has something special going on with the Georgia kids they are signing this year, and he wants to Tony to be part of it.”

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Team Dream

September 20th, 2011
4:14 am

Coach Kooshoowooski comes to town on a scouting trip … hmm. Hope Mr. Parker listens intently to recruiting pitches from Duke, GT and all others and makes the best decision for himself and his family. Would love to see him at GT though!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 20th, 2011
7:03 am

A big and somewhat difficult decision for this young man.

If I were a HS recruit and had the natural basketball talent of Tony Parker, it would be hard not to choose to go to a school with a national championship winning record such as Duke, and further develop my talent under one of the best ever to coach the game in Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

I do hope however that Tony Parker will chose to stay in-state where his family and friends will have a better chance to see him play during his college career.

I hope he choses UGA; Coach Fox is putting together the nucleus of players that could be a great team, and Tony Parker would really add to that talent.

Tough decision. Wherever he goes, I wish him the best on the hardwood and in the classroom. .. Go Dawgs!

Just Saying

September 20th, 2011
7:30 am

Parker considering an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and UGA……..Carvell, you just cannot bring yourself to use the name GEORGIA can you? If Georgia Tech isn’t GT or Tech, why is Georgia assigned UGA by you?

He will only go to Dook...

September 20th, 2011
8:23 am

…if he is good enough to be a “1 and done” – otherwise he ain’t got the smarts to last a full year there academically and be eligible the next year…

Hubie Green

September 20th, 2011
8:40 am

Great to see all the interest in high school basketball in this state. I am shocked that Memphis did not hire Coach White. Instead they go with Luke Walton? Keep up the good work Coach White. Heard Miller Grove was scrimmaging Milton on Nov. 10th. Think it’s at Milton. I personnally think MG will ride roughshod again over that overrated bunch at Milton.

GTJason

September 20th, 2011
9:03 am

With everything going on, it would be a pretty good idea to sign with an ACC team. I hope he stays home and goes to GT, but if not I’ll have just as much fun slinging insults at him as a blue devil. Good luck Tony!

JB

September 20th, 2011
9:23 am

This is what will keep the Dawgs from getting to the next step. Some of the top elite players come out of this state. I’m talking the very elite. Duke and Folks like Roy Williams, who have the top 2 or 3 teams EVERY year, will waltz in here with that charm and all those rings and all that exposure on being on National TV every week…..And take these guys. It’s hard to say no.

@hewillonlygotodook

September 20th, 2011
9:36 am

@hewillonlygotodook I could insult you but it would be pointless. So i will just say that Tony Parker is an excellent student and will do very well at Duke if that is his choice.

@hubiegreen

September 20th, 2011
9:42 am

@hubbie Green you sound like hubbie brown, no disrespect to Coach White but he has two State Championships and Luke Walton has won two NBA championships. From a recruiting prospective and a player development standpoint Luke Walton is the hands down choice. If Memphis had hired Coach White it would have been a deal to get Tony Parker. Also as far as Milton, I AGREE Miller Grove will run over Milton again, if you are not First you are last. Shout out to Norcross the STATE Champs.

Aurelius

September 20th, 2011
9:48 am

The ACC expansion to include Syracuse and Pitt changes the dynamics of basketball recruiting. And if the ACC adds UConn and maybe West Vir or Rutgers, then recruiting changes even more dramatically. Who would not want to play for or against Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse and UConn?

If, as a previous comment points out, Parker is a “one and done” then, who really wants him?

ormewood

September 20th, 2011
9:58 am

Very interesting that Coach K is strongly pursuing Parker. If you look at Duke’s offense, it’s very perimeter-oriented. Lots of screens set for three-point shooters. Big men in recent years for Duke have been rebounders and screen setters, not the focal point of their offense.

Cali Luv

September 20th, 2011
10:26 am

In a recent courtcred interview, this young man was asked an important question. That question was which players would he like to play with the most in college? His repsonse was Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. Well Anderson just committed to UCLA yesterday and Muhammad has UCLA as one of his top schools. I believe UCLA now has 2 remaining scholarships open and waiting. There he would be apart of the #1 recruiting class for 2012. Good luck Tony and Go West Young Man!

Tdawg

September 20th, 2011
10:39 am

JB, for the most part I agree with you However, the hard to say no statement is not hard at all if you had any pride in your state what so ever or a back bone to stay and make it better than the Dukes, Kentucky’s and North Carolina’s of college. Now I could understand if one of the home schools didn’t offer a career in what you want. I always wanted to be an astronaut, so as hard as it would have been for me to turn GA or Tech down, I probably would have in favor of the Air Force acadamy. Mr Parker is going to go to college for basketball and basketball only, so let’s not even pretend for one second that he is going for anything else. If it’s true, then I hope that he takes his talents elsewhere. Never knew coach K going after one and done’s. He must be getting desperate at Duke.

0-2 MVP candidate

September 20th, 2011
10:43 am

Hubie Green
September 20th, 2011
8:40 am

Great to see all the interest in high school basketball in this state. I am shocked that Memphis did not hire Coach White. Instead they go with Luke Walton? Keep up the good work Coach White. Heard Miller Grove was scrimmaging Milton on Nov. 10th. Think it’s at Milton. I personnally think MG will ride roughshod again over that overrated bunch at Milton.

Josh Pastner at Memphis has integrity and will not play the game of hiring aau/high school coach to get player(see UCLA for no integrity).

ormewood

September 20th, 2011
11:06 am

Tdawg, you must have a short memory. K does go after one-and-done players. Recall that the first pick in the NBA draft this year was Kyrie Irving, who played about eight games for Duke last year.

bigdawg1

September 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

One thing about Coach K, he NEVER recruits inner-city kids from broken homes. He recruits nice, educated kids from intact familes (usually), which is why you never hear about Duke Bball players getting into trouble.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 20th, 2011
12:46 pm

Coach K recruited (but didn’t sign) John Wall. Not only was Wall a one and done, but SE Raleigh (he went to Garner HS before transferring to Word of God in Durham) is the very definition of a poor, inner city area.

Greg from Garner, NC

September 20th, 2011
1:27 pm

True on K’s recruitment of Wall. For what it’s worth, Chris Duhon, kid of single mom, hailed from Slidell, Louisiana. You just tend to hear press on the clean cut Grant Hill families. Jalen Rose would probably have comment.

Finally, the statement that “Garner is the very definition of a poor, inner city area” isn’t true. My daughter lives in the school district. There are much worse (and better) places to live. Ask Scotty McCreery. :)

Luol Deng...

September 20th, 2011
4:09 pm

…was “one and done” at Duke, too…

DukeReigns

September 20th, 2011
4:28 pm

Parker will wear Duke blue and win championships, the rest of those teams are a joke. GT yellowbacks? really? get real. And to the ignorant moron that says’ he will only go to dook’, grow up and get an education dips*it. Must be tiring to be a hater huh? lol, hate on lil boy.

ormewood

September 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

Ohio State is no joke, DukeReigns. Their roster is stacked. Matta is a great recruiter, and he can take Sullinger’s spot when he goes league.

[...] AJC College Sports Recruiting Duke?s Coach K makes personal appearance in Atlanta to scout basketball star September 20, 2011, by Michael Carvell Coach K made a personal appearance in the Atlanta area on Monday night to scout Miller Grove High School?s Tony Parker. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward is ranked among the nation?s top 25 college prospects. He made official visit to Ohio State last week, and will take recruiting trips to Duke and UCLA by the end of next month. Georgia Tech and UGA also haven?t given up on recruiting Parker. Mike Krzyzewski wants Parker so bad that Tuesday?s visit was his second to Miller Grove within the last year. ?Coach K said Tony is a priority with them, and that they would really like to see him commit there,? Miller Grove coach Sharman White told the AJC. ?They think Tony can come to Duke and make something happen right away. They are expecting to lose a couple of their big guys after this upcoming season. And with the guys they will have left, Tony?s game will be a little different, which bodes well for Tony. Duke is looking for Tony to be in the mold of an Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer when they played at Duke. Tony?s fit would be similar to their fit to the Duke teams they were on, and they think Tony may bring a little more to the table.? What does Duke think Parker can add to the ACC powerhouse? ?They like his rebounding and that he can run the floor very well for his size,? White said. ?And they think he has a really nice shooting touch.? Coach K?s appearance at the DeKalb County school was just another day at the office in recruiting for Parker. Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory stopped by on Monday afternoon, while Ohio State?s Thad Matta flew in last week. Parker is considering an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and UGA. ?Coach Gregory is going to recruit Tony until he signs somewhere,? White said. ?He really thinks he can turn that program around, that he has something special going on with the Georgia kids they are signing this year, and he wants to Tony to be part of it.? http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…sketball-star/ [...]

shoes

September 20th, 2011
5:40 pm

Coach Shachefski or whatever is a hack and has been good riddance

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 20th, 2011
9:44 pm

Greg – Agree on Garner – I was talking about the area a few miles north on 70

Not very good, anyway

September 21st, 2011
9:55 pm

Coach K came to get this kid? Give up everyone else, he’s Duke-bound!!

drew

September 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

I have to say that Duke would be a great fit for Tony Parker but if goes to one of the state schools they would make a run as well.

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