Basketball: Tony Parker talks about his visit to Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

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Tony Parker, one of the nation’s top 25 college basketball prospects, made a surprise unofficial visit to Georgia Tech last weekend.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward from Miller Grove High School was at Georgia Tech on Friday and Saturday. Parker is also considering an unofficial visit to UGA.

He has official visits set up with Duke, Ohio State and UCLA.

“It went well at Georgia Tech; I talked to the coaching staff and talked with the players,” Parker told the AJC on Monday. “They are great guys. Georgia Tech should do OK in the ACC this year.”

What was Georgia Tech’s recruiting approach? “That it’s a new generation at Georgia Tech. They are getting a new gym and they are going in a new direction with Coach [Brian Gregory]. That was their pitch.”

And did it work? Did Georgia Tech make Parker’s top five? “I don’t know,” Parker said.

Miller Grove PF Tony Parker is ranked among the nation's top 25 college basketball prospects (AJC photo)

Miller Grove PF Tony Parker is ranked among the nation's top 25 college basketball prospects (AJC photo)

Did the visit increase Tech’s chances for Parker? “I don’t know yet,” he said. “I will have to think about it some more.”

Parker has been tight-lipped about the recruiting process. He visited Ohio State a few weeks ago, and will go to UCLA this weekend. UCLA has some inside position because Parker’s longtime AAU coach, Korey McCray, was recently hired as an assistant for the Bruins.

Parker has eliminated Memphis and Georgetown. His only other official visit is scheduled for Duke on Oct. 29.

UPDATED: Kansas coach Bill Shelf and his top assistant, Danny Manning (the former Atlanta Hawk), stopped by Miller Grove High School on Monday evening to observe Parker in workouts.

“We didn’t know until late that they were coming,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “Kansas likes Tony. They feel like they want to take a shot at recruiting him.”

What was Tony’s impression of Kansas? “I won’t say he was excited because he’s used to playing in front of the college coaches. But he was appreciative of the look.”

Also, Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski was at the gym. “Duke was following up and continuing to express their interest.”

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dekalb fan

September 26th, 2011
3:51 pm

Mr. Carvell, you mention UCLA’s inside position because of Coach McCray in the article. I think you may have overlooked the fact that two of GT’s well known athletes played Basketball with Parker at Dekalb County’s Miller Grove High School. GT Jr. Point Guard Mfon Udofia and GT Jr. WR Stephen Hill played with Basketball Tony and all were instrumental in the first of Miller Grove’s three consecutive State Basketball Championships is AAAA.

GTJason

September 26th, 2011
4:01 pm

Considering he was glowing about OSU after his visit there and is this detached after his visit with GT I’m thinking we’ve lost this one. We need him and/or Robert Carter to do anything in the ACC this year.

[...] Basketball: Tony Parker talks about his visit to Georgia Tech September 26, 2011, by Michael Carvell Tony Parker, one of the nation?s top 25 college basketball prospects, made a surprise unofficial visit to Georgia Tech last weekend. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward from Miller Grove High School was at Georgia Tech on Friday and Saturday. Parker is also considering an unofficial visit to UGA. He has official visits set up with Duke, Ohio State and UCLA. ?It went well at Georgia Tech; I talked to the coaching staff and talked with the players,? Parker told the AJC on Monday. ?They are great guys. Georgia Tech should do OK in the ACC this year.? What was Georgia Tech?s recruiting approach? ?That it?s a new generation at Georgia Tech. They are getting a new gym and they are going in a new direction with Coach [Brian Gregory]. That was their pitch.? And did it work? Did Georgia Tech make Parker?s top five? ?I don?t know,? Parker said. Did the visit increase Tech?s chances for Parker? ?I don?t know yet,? he said. ?I will have to think about it some more.? Parker has been tight-lipped about the recruiting process. He visited Ohio State a few weeks ago, and will go to UCLA this weekend. UCLA has some inside position because Parker?s longtime AAU coach, Korey McCray, was recently hired as an assistant for the Bruins. Parker has eliminated Memphis and Georgetown. His only other official visit is scheduled for Duke on Oct. 29. http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…-georgia-tech/ [...]

snagit

September 26th, 2011
4:09 pm

The picture of him looks photo shopped

rduck

September 26th, 2011
4:13 pm

Didn’t sound overly enthusiastic about Tech. maybe he will give us a chance, but didn’t sound too much like it. as the above post stated, sounded very unattached when talking about Tech…. best of luck to the young man wherever he goes…

slydog

September 26th, 2011
4:32 pm

Maybe he doesn’t sound that enthusiastic about Tech because, well, he lives here. One would think that if I’m a major basketball talent and living in the Metro Atlanta area, he has probably been to Tech a dozen times. Heck, he’s probably been to UGA a few times. There is nothing new under the sun for him locally. He will either go out of state or stay home, that’s what it’s going to come down to. Not new facilities, coaching,etc. Just whether he wants to stay or go.

@GTPROGRAM

September 26th, 2011
4:33 pm

OK, really Georgia Tech, vs DUKE in a recruiting battle, not sure about that one, only way this kids chooses TECH over Duke will be the need to stay close to home and be near his family. DUKE DEGREE TECH DEGREE…well maybe he wants to be an engineer. Georgia Tech although they are in need of some BIG men, Coach Gregory is a guard’s coach, his style of play and coaching are based off guard play. As far as UCLA, i am not sure this kid will take that trip out West, unless his family unit makes that move also. At this point i have OSU followed by a close DUKE, only because OSU is a BIG Mans school, and DUKE well uses their bigs as rebounders and screeners. Both schools get guys to the next level, but i see Coach K as a great teacher and will get him ready for the NBA in three years.

realdeal

September 26th, 2011
5:14 pm

Duke’s players do nothing in the league. Duke’s game is a college style game. Duke does not prepare him for the next step. What in the hell are you talking about? If anything Tech will prepare him for the league more than Duke or OSU.

ormewood

September 26th, 2011
5:18 pm

Recent Duke bigs do nothing but screen and rebound. At Ohio St, he could likely step in immediately assuming Sullinger goes pro.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
5:26 pm

“UCLA has some inside position because Parker’s longtime AAU coach, Korey McCray, was recently hired as an assistant for the Bruins.”

Look for an NCAA inquiry if Parker goes to UCLA.

As to Duke degree vs. Tech degree, neither is likely to happen. Looks to be another AAU one-and-done. Nothing against the kid, just the system that allows this to happen.

jbruin

September 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

and what exactly will the NCAA inquire about if Parker goes to UCLA?

the nice weather? good looking girls?? great academics and athletics programs???

JD

September 26th, 2011
5:55 pm

Skip the one and done. It hasn’t worked at Tech. Let’s get good 4 year student athletes and build the program.

miltk

September 26th, 2011
6:06 pm

@Delbert D.
why!!!??? you do realize that jordan adams verbaled to ucla because of mccray. is there a conspiracy here? don’t forget goodwin is thinking about ucla because of adams and mccray too. OMG! parker also flat out stated that he wants to play with kyle anderson.

BuzzGT

September 26th, 2011
6:11 pm

If I am thinking that I will play one year and then go pro, I am not picking Duke or GT because of the academics. I am sure that he can find a little easier road somewhere else.

prison mike

September 26th, 2011
6:18 pm

This kid is going to the league soon. His body and game looks like zach randolph.

Michael Carvell

September 26th, 2011
6:22 pm

@Delbert D., with all due respect to Tony Parker, who is an outstanding high school basketball player, I don’t think he’s a “one and done” NBA candidate nor have I heard anyone really mention that possibility.

@BuzzGT, Tony Parker is a good student and will do fine academically wherever he decides to attend college

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
6:25 pm

The NCAA will (if they follow their pattern) want to determine if McCray was “acting as an agent”. The NCAA rules prohibits a kid’s *parents* from “acting as an agent”. The rules are so absurd that a parent is not allowed to have contact with the recruit on campus while he is on an official visit.

Do a Google search on an article by Taylor Branch in the Atlantic magazine, October 2011 titled “The Shame of College Sports.” It includes some devastating investigative reporting on the NCAA. If you download the article as a PDF file, it is 26 pages long. The Atlantic, formerly known as The Atlantic Monthly, has been published since 1857.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
6:32 pm

Michael – Hopefully, that will be the case (not a one-and-done). Mike Krzyzewski has a pretty good record of signing guys who graduate. That the college athletics tolerates such a practice is in my mind a disgrace and is reason enough for me to not invest emotionally in college basketball.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
7:12 pm

@6:25 pm – “a parent is not allowed to have contact with the recruit on campus while he is on an official visit.”

Amend that to say “during the period when a game is being played.” That’s is not a direct quote on that specific rule; it is based on an article I read recently in the Times.

The “NCAA Rule Book”, actually the NCAA Manual, is 508 pages.

Michael Carvell

September 26th, 2011
7:13 pm

@Delbert D., you may have taken that out of context from somewhere else because a parent can have contact with their child anytime anywhere.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

From a Doug Roberson article on Russell Wilson, which discusses the Jeremiah Masoli situation:

““Part of our culture for a very long time is designed to make sure transferring in is to stay at our institution long enough to have the kind of academic experience that we expect our student-athletes to have,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive told the Orlando Sentinel at the conference meeting earlier this year.”

I wonder why it isn’t applicable to freshmen basketball recruits, Mr. Slive. There are agreements with MLB and the NFL, but not with the NBA.

Fan of the Game

September 26th, 2011
8:32 pm

I agree that all athletes should have to stay at least 3 years. The NCAA is a joke when it comes to basketball. If a kid is not college material that is a different story, but now all universities take athletes no matter what their academic background is so they all would benefit from staying 3 years.

Just Saying

September 26th, 2011
10:18 pm

Delbert
If you’re suggesting UCLA might be targeted due to McCray, who was his AAU coach and who now is a full-time coach on the UCLA staff, then what must be awaiting GT if they sign Robert Carter? Carter moved from his hometown of Thomasville to Gwinnett Co to attend Shiloh HS at the recommendation of his AAU coach. He’s apparently living with the AAU coach because his parents remain in Thomasville. The AAU coach’s son was recently put on basketball scholarship by GT’s Gregory after leaving FSU. There are several questions about this arrangement which is evidently not a rules violation, one of which is how can Carter be GHSA eligible at Shiloh since his patents didn’t relocate?

Delbert be careful about throwing rocks, the GT house is built of glass.

Parker is tOSU.

Team Dream

September 26th, 2011
10:27 pm

hey ‘Hewitt Fan’ where y’at??? Can’t wait to hear some more pearls of wisdom …

jack handy

September 26th, 2011
11:14 pm

basketball sucks.

A. Thomas

September 27th, 2011
12:19 am

Please do NOT refer to Danny Manning as a former hawk. We (or at least I) would like to forget the worst trade ever in sports. Thanks

5150 UOAD

September 27th, 2011
2:03 am

who cares. He is looking to go PRO 2 hours after the ACC Tourney is done.

miltk

September 27th, 2011
4:19 am

@delbert d….
i believe what you say but i ain’t reading an ncaa rulebook :) :):) but maybe you give me the cliff’s notes on what the ncaa defines as “acting as an agent”.

miltk

September 27th, 2011
4:29 am

“agent” i expect, might have something to do with a person acting as intermediary between player and team/school. in other words implying “i’ll give you player x if you give me___________”. by all accounts mccray is a standup guy, but who is having to bear scrutiny because of the stereotyping of the “aau coach”. the hiring of mccray by ucla made big news around the collegiate community. any hint of nefariousness would have been addressed by the ncaa in an nanosecond.

no fan of that

September 27th, 2011
7:52 am

dekalb fan
that is expected for michael to be biased against gt. after all, michael is a uga grad. real nice eh?

P

September 27th, 2011
9:19 am

Well Tony and Mfon Udfofia were teammates at Miller Grove with Sharman White and won their first state championship together in 2009. Who knows how close they were, but they had success together, and I’m pretty sure that Coach White is fond of Mfon. That might give Tech at least some advantage in the recruitment process. Now that Tech is (hopefully) on the upswing, maybe Tony is intrigued with the idea of leading a resurgent Tech in an ultra-competive conference while playing with his old court general? Who knows, maybe Stephen Hill will decide to lace up for a season?

GTJason

September 27th, 2011
11:15 am

He is a kid, so who knows what kind of decision he will make. One and dones are going to be few and far between now except for people like Derrick Favors with a 9′1″ wingspan (and look how that’s worked out for New Jersey). Coach K has a good track record at getting who he wants, but he may miss out on this kid. ACC basketball is the way to go with league realignment. Get to play in the tournament as a 10-12 loss team

Steve

September 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Korey McCray is NOT the first instance of an AAU Coach being hired as an assistant by a college program. It happens more than you are aware of. And, once a coach is hired on as an assistant at a college, he is NOT an “intermediary” or agent. By definition, he IS the university…he is a direct representative of the university and can recruit anyone.What NCAA rules DO prohibit is the hiring of a perosn connected to the recruit in a NON-RECRUITING position (ie. an administrative aide, video coordinator, etc.). But, if a coach is hired as one of the assistant coaches allowed to recruit, then he may have contact with any recruit, even those with whom he has had a prior connection. Same as if you hire a high school coach or a coach from another school onto your staff–they can recruit players with whom they have had a prior relationship.

I don’t know what Tony Parker will decide, but UCLA has far more going for it than just McCray. Ben Howland is a proven coach who has been to multiple Final Fours. The program oozes tradition. The current roster appears to be building toward a powerhouse position and an opportunity to play for a National Championship. The current recruiting class already consists of thre players ranked in the Top 65 in the country and appears to be the favorite to land the #1 player in the country. The players in that recruiting class al seem to know each other very well…and they are all friends with Parker.

Oh, and Pauley Pavilion and all of the basketball facilities are currently under a $150 million “rebuild”, scheduled to reopen right when this class arrives on campus.

Recruits can often sense the excitement of joining “something big”.

Parker has yet to visit the UCLA campus…but, when he does, watch out. It is one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country and boasts the best climate…

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miltk

September 27th, 2011
3:13 pm

to add to steve…..there was a point when everyone pretty much knew mccray was to be hired by ucla, however neither howland nor the school nor mccray addressed the yet to be hire. this allowed mccray to reach out to recruits while still officially an aau coach and not yet subject to ncaa rules, and then at the appropriate time the announcement of his hire was made.

there are a few tidbits being circulated out west. parker has said he wants to play with kyle anderson…artis/adams/anderson/parker/shabazz have all been tweeting to create a “posse” and enter ucla together. there was an attempt to synch schedules and take an official to ucla but that doesn’t seem likely with parker going this week. adams verbaling to ucla has opened up the possibility for both parker AND goodwin.

DAWGfan

September 27th, 2011
6:53 pm

Ok for all of you Tony Parker fanatics…I have seen the kid play…yes he is very talented but he dominates in high school because he is so much bigger than everyone else. He is NOT good enough to be a one and done in college. I have seen him play many times and another thing no one mentions…Parker is 6′8-6′9″ and will not be a center at a big time school. He has no face up game, the only time he can score is with his back to the basket. He will be a power forward in college and I’m betting an average one at that. I do believe he’ll make it to the NBA one day, but he diefinitely wont be a one and done.

black1

September 27th, 2011
9:28 pm

No one and done. Just makes lay ups like i said. But can and will get better in 4 or 5 years. Redshirt him to get him in shape and be more of a threat.

miltk

September 28th, 2011
1:46 am

then for any school, four years of a solid talent is well worth it. it’s as if youz guyz are implying if the guy is not 1 or 2 year worthy, he’s not worthy. that’s the culture in bball today, i guess. but college bball fans around the country will readily say “SCREW THE NBA. BUILD YOUR OWN F’ING FARM SYSTEM!”

Bull

September 28th, 2011
2:30 am

Carvell, keep your opinion out of it. You have no idea how he will do once he gets to college. Quit assuming you know SO much about these kids. Stick to the facts and what they actually say or indicate themselves.

Coach "I Know"

September 28th, 2011
9:40 am

P, Coach White did not win a championship until Mfon and Stephen were gone! Tony, Mfon and Stephen won the first championship for Miller Grove. Based on Tech’s history with Mfon I doubt very seriously if Tony will subject himself to Tech at all but nothing wrong with giving Tech a glimpse of hope. Tech is now considered a joke and have to put in alot of work this upcoming season to recover from the PH damage!!

KidsOver-Rated

September 28th, 2011
2:01 pm

Saw Tony Parker play against Marist last year. Only time I’ve seen him play. I really hope that was a bad game that he didn’t feel getting pumped up for because I was baffled at how he could be rated that high.

He is one of the goofiest, uncoordinated big men I’ve watched play live. His attitude was terrible. From the beginning of the game, when a call didn’t go his way, he put on his best pouty face, flung his hands out and stopped running. The kid seemed to have a long way to go maturity wise on the court. A lot of these episodes ended with Marist scored on the transition and Tony being the last person down the court.

His body dominated, putting him to the line, but he showed very little touch and basketball IQ to me, but hey, it was one game and he’s a high-school athlete. I’m no scout, it’s just what I saw

GO Tech!

DAWGfan

September 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

I completely agree KIDSOVERRATED, he whines for calls and he shouldn’t because he’s a lot bigger than everyone else he plays against. He needs to tone up because he is very soft and out of shape but hey that’s what college is for. I wish him luck and hopefully he’ll decide to stay home and go to UGA because unlike Tech, our program is on the rise!

Enough

September 30th, 2011
11:10 am

All you critics and scouts, yeah saying the kid is overrated is like saying the coaches at DUKE, UNC, UCLA, UGA, GT, and 50 other schools can’t rate a players talent, ridiculus. The kid is a winner, period. Compare his win losses with any other GA highschool player and what do you come up with. 3 State Championships, 2 region Championships, Beach Ball Championship, combined record of 85 wins and 10 losses, 2 USA 17 and 16 U Gold Medals, and many others. Also you are not recruited by DUKE if you have a bad attitude, or low basketball IQ. Duke made a decision to recruit him based off his ability not only to play basketball but his attitude and character.

black1

September 30th, 2011
12:38 pm

I think Duke is recruiting him like a sheldon williams type player. He is no one and done, far from it. High IQ but he needs a motor. U can outwork talent any day

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