Could Duke make an all-out effort to recruit a Georgia basketball star and not succeed?


Duke has not traditionally recruited players from the state of Georgia. However, Coach K wants Miller Grove's Tony Parker really bad, making three visits to the Atlanta area to check on the highly-regarded basketball star (AP photo/Chuck Burton)

When Duke makes a rare effort to recruit a player from Georgia, is it a foregone conclusion that the Blue Devils will get their man?

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That’s the discussion following around Tony Parker, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward from Miller Grove High School who made an official visit to Duke this past weekend.

Parker, who is ranked among the nation’s top 25 college basketball prospects, is considering Duke, Ohio State, UCLA and Memphis.

People want to know: Could Coach K really make an all-out effort to recruit a Georgia player and not succeed?

Parker has heard the talk. “Everybody has their opinions,” Parker said with a laugh. “It’s makes for some great buzz in the barbershop.”

For the record, Parker said he doesn’t have a leader among his finalists. “I don’t have a favorite. Hopefully, I will get one soon.”

Parker is also unsure if he will sign in the early period: “I don’t know; I have to sit down and talk with my parents some more. I hope to figure it out soon.”

What about his visit to Duke? His player host was Duke guard Quinn Cook, who played with Parker on the USA National basketball team. “We’ve known each other for awhile, and roomed together on Team USA,” Parker said. “It was good being around each other again and having fun.”

Coach K wants Parker really bad. So bad that he has been to Miller Grove three times to check on Parker, including the morning after Parker returned from his official visit to UCLA.

Miller Grove PF Tony Parker (AJC photo)

Miller Grove PF Tony Parker (AJC photo)

“He told me he hasn’t had a player like me at power forward in a long time,” Parker said. “They could really use me there.”

Duke recruiting targets in Georgia are far and few in between. Only nine players from Georgia have ever played for the ACC powerhouse. The last big-time recruit of Georgia to sign with Duke was former Westside-Augusta star William Avery in 1998.

Why does Coach K want Parker so badly? Here’s what he told Miller Grove’s coach: “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.”

  • Miller Grove will scrimmage at Milton at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. The public is invited to attend at Milton. Miller Grove features Parker and small forward Brandon Morris (committed to UGA), while Milton is led by point guard Charles Mann (UGA) and swingman Evan Nolte (Virginia).
  • RELATED: Georgia Tech makes a big impression on a top running back committed to Kentucky (click on story link)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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IL Jacket

October 31st, 2011
9:53 pm

An eclectic group of choices, from Memphis to Duke. If you want to learn basketball and play in an electric atmosphere, to my way of thinking Duke is the only choice amongst these schools. Ohio State just can’t seem to win the big one.

Hubie Green

October 31st, 2011
9:54 pm

Duke will not run out of Plumee brothers for another five years or so. Aircraft carrier at Ohio State will be gone after this year. S Scott likes to pass the ball unlike Duke guards. Surprised UNC is not in the picture. Way to represent Georgia TP.


October 31st, 2011
10:01 pm

Get a couple of years in and work on your undergrad before going pro and PLAY FROM DAY ONE AT GEORGIA TECH!!!! Then finish your degree in the offseasons. Either way you are a millionare!!!

5150 UOAD

October 31st, 2011
10:07 pm
Fans please read this and sent the DUMB ARSE a note that BEEs are GREAT for the local neighborhood.
I have kept bees off and on for years. UGA’s Keith Delaplane is a great asset to the Ga. beekeeper society. and I respect that DAWG a lot. Please send a note that you don’t mind bees in your neighborhood. They are there already and a person keeping them is an asset to the Food and plant production in your neighborhood.


October 31st, 2011
10:15 pm

Stay in State, kid. Play at GA Tech and have fun beating Duke!!!

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 1st, 2011
1:30 am

Dude stay in state and continue beating up on your little brother Uga…. And bring the tradition back to the flats


November 1st, 2011
4:05 am

Represent your state and go to Ga Tech!
You will be a star and so much more appreciated!

Cat Shabazz

November 1st, 2011
7:55 am

any chance to go to Duke – need to take advantage – just saying.

Duke players all over the place – in NBA – in coaching – and Coach K graduates his guys.

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November 1st, 2011
8:26 am

LOL buzzwax! I know alot of Tech grads. Not a single one is a millionaire. Keep pumpin the myth tho!

Just Saying

November 1st, 2011
8:48 am

Buzz wax – you are full up past your ears with dung. A GT degree does not make one a millionaire. If so I know at least 15 people who either didn’t get that memo or have counterfeit GT degrees hanging on their walls.

Out of curiosity, when did you graduate from GT?


November 1st, 2011
9:07 am

Simply follow the $. Coach K can assure him of 15 free throws a game if he signs.

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November 1st, 2011
9:35 am

UNC did recruit Parker to no avail. This will be interesting to watch. Don’t discount Ohio State, who will likely lose Sullinger this season, has a PG from GA in Scott, and runs an offense that is more focused on the interior than Duke’s has been the last decade.


November 1st, 2011
10:04 am

gatech is 2 – 10 in its last 12 games against Duke. so not much “beating” of Duke going on it would seem

Frank G

November 1st, 2011
10:06 am

@John. i believe you are confusing UK and Calipari with Duke and Coach K.

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November 1st, 2011
10:37 am

He should go to kennesaw st.


November 1st, 2011
10:57 am

Ha!!! Looks like you didn’t get much of an interview from Parker. smart kid!, interesting how your article is written with a negative tone. Simply put there was no big story so you wanted to create one, coal k not getting a georgia recruit. Tony have fun enjoy and pick what’s best for you and your family. Carvell get a life, this was no story so you made one.


November 1st, 2011
11:25 am

Come to Duke Tony and win titles, those other schools (especially georgia, lol) are a joke. You can play for the greatest coach ever (K!!!). Plus you’d get to demolish the hated tarholes and their hick coach down the road!!!

Go Duke!!!


November 1st, 2011
11:27 am

Dipwad says “Stay in State, kid. Play at GA Tech and have fun beating Duke”



November 1st, 2011
11:41 am

I haven’t checked the stats in awhile, but I seem to recall UGA holding it’s own pretty well lately against GTech.


November 1st, 2011
11:51 am

Lets talk fooball. No one cares about Duke basketball compare to college football.

Are there UGA or GT hopefulls attending the Alabama / LSU or Arkansas / USC games or Florida / Vandy ?

west coast bias

November 1st, 2011
12:22 pm

UCLA all the way.

The biggest recruiting news on Monday was Kaleb Tarczewski going to Arizona over Kansas.

Don McElroy

November 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

Where will the scrimmage between Milton and Miller Grove be held on Nov. 10th?

Mr. and Mrs. Parker

November 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

How can anyone refuse the chance to become the next Elton Brand or Carlos Boozer at Duke? It’s just an unbelievably awesome opportunity!

When you go to Duke, you become part of the most successful family of players in college basketball. You play on legendary teams for the GOAT until you become a legend yourself. Even the players who get injured or aren’t quite good enough for the NBA end up making millions coaching or working for ESPN.

The Referee

November 1st, 2011
1:49 pm

Tony I say go to Duke and not look back!!! Its says a lot when the head coach has utilized all 3 of his personal recruiting visits to come see you. If he thinks you can make a major impact to his team then he has a plan and you should go for it. Don’t be the next Elton Brand or Carlos Boozer, be the next Tony Parker because you will make a name for yourself while you’re there. Looking forward to seeing you guys beat Milton at Milton like they stole something and win another State Championship.

Hubie Green

November 1st, 2011
2:55 pm

@Don McElroy The scrimmage game is at Milton;


November 1st, 2011
2:59 pm

Ultimately, this is the biggest obstacle in Mark Fox’s way at UGA.

Convincing the in-state talent (of which there are many)to stay at home and start something special.

U of Mem

November 1st, 2011
3:47 pm

Tony Parker was in Memphis for Midnight Madness and he was excited about the fact he wants to be at a school were basketball is the #1 sport(Bye Bye GT, UGA, and all SEC schools). I would love for him to go to Memphis because we just reloaded. ESPN said we have the most talented group of Sophmores in the Nation(preseason #9). We are reloading for another great recruiting class next year. Our school did not fall apart when Calipari left, like other schools will. The SEC(Outside of Kentucky) only cares about hillbillie football and their hillbillie fan base, come to a place where football is a sport, Basketball is a Religion, and the Tigers are Titans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!no loser confederate flags in our stadiums or crowds. We just had the NBA MVP come in for March Madness as well, D-Rose. Why go to Duke where players die after their college career because they can’t make it in the NBA, my bad, but it’s True.

OK………….we re-loaded……………


November 1st, 2011
5:00 pm

Tony: Go to Duke. Study hard and play hard. Stay 4 years and take full advantage of everything Duke and K have to offer in terms of your education, broadening you as a person, travel experiences (in the US and abroad) and developing your basketball skills. You will never regret it.

Chuck UGA

November 1st, 2011
5:10 pm

Should come to Georgia and team up for a rare SEC Title.


November 1st, 2011
5:17 pm

As a person that grew up in Montgomery, Alabama……attended Undergrad at Duke University and currently live in Marietta………..Duke all the way. Whether it be your immediate basketball career or your life/career after basketball…….Duke will prepare you for success.


November 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

Is he considering any other schools besides GT, Ohio State, UCLA and Duke?


November 1st, 2011
7:08 pm

GT al the way baby!


November 1st, 2011
7:09 pm

Let’s see, I gotta a choice. Scholly to UGa, or to Duke University. Let’s see….this is a test to see whether or not I’m smart.


November 1st, 2011
7:17 pm

Mr and Ms Parker: Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer?? HAHA… GT has put more big names in the NBA than Duke has. Ill take Chris Bosh and Stephon Marbury any day!

bitter----thrown under the bus

November 1st, 2011
8:16 pm

im a boozer——-hahahahahah————-basket–ball————its november——really

————————crow-face making headlines for the wrong reason————football cravelll


November 1st, 2011
8:19 pm

crowface—cant carry hershal’s 9th personnality————hahahahah

—————–pot head


November 1st, 2011
8:54 pm



November 2nd, 2011
8:42 am

He’s going to Duke… would not even consider Georgia or Tech.because he would have to be there for three years and develop. At Duke he has all this great talent and coaching around him to take the pressure off of him and he plans to be in the NBA in two years – or less…Can’t blame him for going for the money.


November 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

When kids say they go to Duke, that turns heads. When kids say they go to UGa, that turns heads away.

Eric Shriner

November 8th, 2011
3:21 pm

Go Duke. K develops his bigmen better than anyone in the history of the game. We pound the ball inside and always look there first. Plus you’ll play for the most sincere coach in the history of the universe. He’ll care more about you as a player than he does about himself. And coach Wojo will teach you how to be the best inside scorer EVER. (and to flop for a charge like you’ve never seen – heck, he’ll even teach you how to slap the floor!!) And the co-eds and other students – wow!!. attractive and humble. We are Duke; Coach K is the greatest ever. Lets go Duke clap clap clap clap clap


November 8th, 2011
8:07 pm

memphis bound, no one in hell he goes to a dump like Athens