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.”
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