Basketball star Tony Parker visits UGA with teammate

Tony Parker (No. 32) and Brandon Morris visited UGA on Wednesday (AJC photo)

Tony Parker (No. 32) and Brandon Morris visited UGA on Wednesday (AJC photo)

Some good news for UGA basketball recruiting? Maybe so, maybe not.

Miller Grove High School swingman Brandon Morris, who signed a basketball scholarship with UGA last month, drove to Athens for the Georgia Tech game and brought a special guest along – his teammate.

His teammate is Tony Parker, the 6-foot-9. 270-pound power forward who is one of the top uncommitted seniors in the country. Parker, who has kept a low profile during the recruiting process, is rumored to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, while also considering UCLA and Memphis.

Parker is so important to Duke that coach Mike Krzyzewski made a special recruiting trip to Atlanta last week for the day just to see him play.

What about UGA? It would be a longshot but you never know in recruiting. UGA has one more scholarship available for this  year. One of Parker’s former Miller Grove teammates, forward Deonte’ Williams, is a sophomore forward at UGA, while Morris will join the Bulldogs next season.

What about Georgia Tech? The Yellow Jackets have one scholarship left, and Parker took an unofficial visit to the ACC school earlier in the fall.

What do YOU think about the chances of UGA and Georgia Tech? Please post below.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Realist

December 7th, 2011
11:11 pm

After Parker watched that performance tonight, I imagine his decision got a lot easier.

Forsyth Dawg

December 7th, 2011
11:13 pm

Hey Tony – come on down to Athens. UGA could dominate in BBall with your help.

Realist

December 7th, 2011
11:13 pm

But thanks for the recruiting update, Michael. Much appreciated.

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Hoops Dawg

December 7th, 2011
11:48 pm

If, by some miracle, Mr. Parker were to come to UGA, the fortunes of the Dawg program would change dramatically. I can’t blame him for going to either Duke or Ohio State, but I submit to you that he would have a bigger impact on the dawg program than on either of the other two. And imagine what a Miller Grove front line might accomplish in the SEC.

Frank Lane

December 7th, 2011
11:56 pm

I wish that he would.

5150 UOAD

December 7th, 2011
11:58 pm

Parker come to UGA and the the basketball version of Crowell.

BullDawg Rick

December 7th, 2011
11:59 pm

Tony Parker – Coming to the Classic City to hone your skills, you’d be starting as a Fr & help bring prominance to the State U… Close to home, family & friends could watch & support you for one, two, three or four years!! Think about the advantages of staying close to home…

Best wishes wherever you choose..

BullDawg Rick

December 8th, 2011
12:01 am

5150 – Swallow this you loser…

Coming on here & trying to berate not one but 2 teens…

Your mommy is calling you to get outta her basement, you scumbag…

John

December 8th, 2011
12:04 am

Mr. Parker…. Make the best decision you can for yourself because in the end you will have to live with it

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:06 am

BDRick……..yea Parker you can have UGA fans love and treat you like GOD one day and the next want you gone and question your every move.

BullDawg Rick

December 8th, 2011
12:10 am

or they could live in the cement jungle & get raped, robbed & killed.. Go to UGA Tech… Your mommy should know

fan

December 8th, 2011
12:17 am

stay home miller grove pipeline to uga

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:36 am

BDRick you must not know much about the crime ON the UGa campus. There are Robberies and Rapes at UGa all the time and it is a small town. Check your facts.

Columbus

December 8th, 2011
12:39 am

I wish he would come. Miller Grove in the SEC! Plus Caldwell-Pope and a couple big guys….thye could do the state of GA proud instead of going to a big name school and just being another in a long line of great players they get year after year after year. The UGA team could be special if he would come. If the home state team cant get the best players in the state because they keep going to out of state schools and winning championships for other states, it MUST change. Play for state pride. UGA has a GREAT coach but he needs a little help since the guys left early and left a hole.

I wish he would come to UGA….so does the rest of the state of Georgia! The UGA football team is goign to be rolling the next 6 years, come make it special in basketball too….it will be a special time at UGA. I wish he would come. Screw Duke getting whoever they want all the time! Tell em’ to shove it an come to UGA. Thats why coack K is so good, he sucks up to the best players.

I wish he would come to UGA and do something special with his teammates from HS. That would be unforgettable!

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:43 am

Theft @ RAMSEY CENTER 11/14/11 12:45 PM
Theft @ SNELLING DINING HALL 11/07/11 09:45 PM
Burglary @ RIVER CIRCLE 09/25/11 01:30 AM
Theft @ RAMSEY CENTER 09/19/11 05:30 PM
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Theft @ ECOLOGY 06/27/11 01:30 PM
Burglary @ THE SOUTHVIEW DRIVE 06/25/11 08:00 PM
Burglary @ FOUR TOWERS LOT 06/23/11 12:00 PM
Theft @ FAMILY HOUSING OFFICE 06/21/11 12:00 PM
Burglary @ LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART 06/17/11 05:00 PM
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Burglary @ MCWHORTER HALL 05/27/11 09:00 AM
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Theft @ RAMSEY CENTER 05/04/11 05:45 PM
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Assault @ EAST CAMPUS VILLAGE 05/04/11 01:00 AM
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Burglary @ EAST DECK 05/01/11 12:00 PM
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Vandalism @ LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART 04/12/11 07:00 PM
Theft @ EAST DECK 04/11/11 08:30 PM
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Theft @ RAMSEY CENTER 04/10/11 02:00 AM
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Theft @ GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART 04/08/11 03:30 PM
Theft @ ROOKER HALL 04/08/11 12:00 PM
Burglary @ LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART 04/07/11 12:24 PM
just On campus. The 2 rapes the 5 weeks before school started are not listed.

Columbus

December 8th, 2011
12:44 am

Dang Tony, UGA needs you and your size so bad. Your skills are awesome of course but man you are a PERFECT fit for UGA and NOW! Come on Tony. Please?

Columbus

December 8th, 2011
12:49 am

5150 you and the awipes like you…Crowell played hurt, gave his ALL, tried so ahrd he put too much on his ankle and hobbled off the field! You should be showing APPRECIATION! I know it was frustrating watching him play and then not play several games but let me tell you he has been playing hurt all year. I will tell you another thing, in high school he never got this many carries too often because his team dominated early and didnt need him. Give the kids a break. He needs to grow up? HA! You and several thousand selfish inconsiderate unappreciative ignorant UGA fans need to grow up! Shame on you and all like you! He gave his all man. Sorry he was hurt and couldn’t rush for 150 yards but he tried and you boo him? You put him down every chance you get?! You are on terrible UGA fan and human being at this point in your life. You and your selfish narrow-minded perspective! GROW-UP!

t_height

December 8th, 2011
5:16 am

@Columbus: I have to agree with you on this one. I hate when these so called fans who has never played a game of football beyond riding the bench on their high school team have the nerves to down the players that are out there doing all of the work. The ankle injury could easily be the inside foot wich definitely takes a couple of months of rest to heal. Crowell is only a kid. Give him a break and allow him to grow up. Most of you cowards act like a bunch of slave owners paying money to see a bunch of slaves entertain yall.

Jacket brad

December 8th, 2011
6:01 am

Uga is such a joke. Basketball, academics, fans, all inbreds and pathetic. Nice dog heads tonight on the students. Losers. Worst gt team in 25 years and they plunked u losers at home. Like PJ says, GO BACK TO YOUR JOBS AT WAL MART. I love embarrassing less fortunate people.

B'dawg

December 8th, 2011
7:22 am

5150 will never be able to grow up. His mother commits crimes all the time.

Walmart worker

December 8th, 2011
7:37 am

Just got off work and saw Jacket Brad’s post…sad thing is I went to Tech and and helped with the football team. PJ didn’t help me and now I am working at Walmart.

And…by the way we just got spanked in football by UGA. Our basketball team is joke and has been ever since Hewitt came to Atlanta.

I am now wishing I went to UGA and got a business degree because my engineering degree is not very applicable stocking shelves and running a cash register at Wally world.

Thanks again PJ, like that football team, you have failed the alumni and fan base.
Jacket Brad…shut the #$%& up, you sound like a jealous idiot.

Humbly,

Tech Grad (Walmart worker)

bid dog

December 8th, 2011
8:00 am

The last 2012 spot has already been given to Houston Kessler from Landmark Christian, who’s dad and uncle both played at UGA (and who both became surgeons !!!!). Houston is a legitimate 6′8″ player who plays on a pretty lame 1A school; his game is evolving very nicely, both interior as a post up player, and he has a beautiful high release jumper and has great 3-point range. So, in other words, there is NO spot for Tony Parker on the UGA squad. Oh, and BTW, Houston has a 4.0 GPA.

Moobs Johnson

December 8th, 2011
8:09 am

Zip, zero, nada. But I wish he would, eventually Fox will get a few of the big names to stay home and turn the fate of the program around. It’s not like the NBA won’t find them where ever they go.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2011
8:22 am

5150 UOAD
December 8th, 2011
12:43 am

I wouldn’t crow too much about what happens in Athens. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happened on GT’s campus during the first 10 months of 2011.

Crime Statistics For January – October 2011

0 – Murder

3 – Rape

8 – Robbery

4 – Aggravated Assault

68 – Burglary

19 – Motor Vehicle Theft

304 – Larceny

To fully appreciate the safety of tech’s campus, check this link:

http://www.police.gatech.edu/crimeinfo/crimestats/

SatchelBuzz

December 8th, 2011
8:23 am

It is what it is,…..IC is a thug.

THWG!!

MiltonsTime2Shine

December 8th, 2011
8:23 am

OK, still no posting about UGA’s recruit, Charles Mann, having to sit out his senior year at Milton because of the illegal living situation where he was living alone in an apartment while his family and siblings still lived at his old high school district. Still no mention of Milton having to forfeit every win this season so far because of the illegal actions. I know everyone rides Milton’s coattail, but you have to report the good with the bad. It’s not good no matter who you are to sit out your senior year and not play basketball.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2011
8:23 am

Jacket brad
December 8th, 2011
6:01 am

“Like PJ says…”

You let that clown do your talking for you?

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Grinch

December 8th, 2011
8:24 am

SatchelBuzz
December 8th, 2011
8:23 am

Maybe Joe Hamilton could counsel him. BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

LakeDawg

December 8th, 2011
8:27 am

We definitely need him. Right now UGA has only one player with SEC talent on the roster…Caldwell-Pope. I predict UGA will finish last in th SEC this year.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2011
8:32 am

MiltonsTime2Shine
December 8th, 2011
8:23 am

“…he was living alone in an apartment…”

I really don’t know the story, but what was illegal? Was it the fact that he was a minor? I knew a young man, played at tech, who was considered to be a very good high school QB. When his high school coach moved to Cedartown, GA, he moved with him and lived with the coach and his family. His family remained home – about 4 hours away. That stuff happens all the time. I don’t like it, but it happens.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2011
8:33 am

LakeDawg
December 8th, 2011
8:27 am

I can’t disagree based on last night’s performance. Do we have a good shooter on this team?

coachx

December 8th, 2011
8:41 am

UGA needs a big body in the post so bad. Parker could step in day 1 and be “the guy” at UGA.

collegeballfan

December 8th, 2011
8:51 am

The Big Question – Will Parker be a “one and done”?

PR

December 8th, 2011
9:06 am

Robberies and Rapes at UGA all the time? What a dumb statement… My goodness you have a twisted sense of reality. Tech’s campus might THE most dangerous campus in the NATION at this point. Every day I see that someone on or around GT’s campus has been mugged, jumped, held up, etc. Every town has crime… but that statement was just off the wall.

MiltonsTime2Shine

December 8th, 2011
9:10 am

@ The Grinch – yes he’s a minor. GHSA rules state in order to transfer to another school and play varsity ball, your entire family has to move residence. A minor cannot maintain residence alone. Who is paying the bills? Why did his siblings remain at their school? Yes, it’s done all the time, unfortunately Milton got caught.

True Dawg Fan

December 8th, 2011
9:10 am

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:36 am
BDRick you must not know much about the crime ON the UGa campus. There are Robberies and Rapes at UGa all the time and it is a small town. Check your facts.

You are an absolute clown. Anyone who thinks Athens is more dangerous than Atlanta is retarded. But we already know ur retarded so why should your statement surprise us????

I think its you who needs to check facts by the way. But you wont so at least someone helped you out and posted them for you.

Veteran Fan

December 8th, 2011
9:21 am

Mr Parker was there to see the Jackets last night! Coach Gregory is still very much in the picture as his addition with their guards would create an awesome and intimidating 4 man front court rotation that would dominate the ACC and have a shot at the national title game next year! The big attraction is that Coach Gregory has established that his guards feed the post first and big men like Parker, Carter, Holsey, and Miller love it! Offense also opens up shots on the perimeter for the guards. Watch and see what develops!

MS. Bully

December 8th, 2011
9:45 am

Looks like UGA put on a good show for the guys. It should make his decision a little easier after watching that performance.

AthDawg

December 8th, 2011
10:23 am

5150 is a moron. Please go have a couple drinks and have late nights stroll on GT campus, for everyone’s sake.

JBRad

December 8th, 2011
10:32 am

Walmart worker. You embarass us Tech fans. There’s nothing we dont succeed in, however, you have obviously failed at life. Good thing you are in a state with other red and black fans who have also failed in life.

Georgia fans and Georgia degree = The most embarassing thing about this state.

JBRad

December 8th, 2011
10:34 am

Still laughing at those of you that think Tony Parker is going to play basketball at the joke of a school that is uga.

kid is considering Duke and UNC. He will not be with the “great unwashed” in clarke county.

only reason he was at teh game is because he got lost coming home from practice. saw a few cars at that big barn yall call a gym and stumbled in for directions.

Moo U. Go Dawgs!

GT Fan

December 8th, 2011
10:41 am

Wow!!!!!! , we finally beat Georgia in something !!!!, now rub off on the football team !!!!

Outside Observer

December 8th, 2011
11:18 am

JBRad, Walmart Worker was a UGA fan trying to deflect a UGA stereotype by creating a false character and making up the story posted in his comment. I’m a little surprised you thought it was true, and in the words of Chris Carter, “C’mon man.”

Hoops Dawg

December 8th, 2011
11:52 am

As I said earlier, I certainly don’t expect Tony Parker to come to UGA, but there are few places he could go and have a bigger individual impact. This is the weakest front line I have ever seen in my 35 years as a Georgia season ticket holder. Last night’s game aptly illustrated that point and could have sent a message to a player who embraces challenges that “Hey, you are needed here!!!”
As for the treatment of IC by some of the very lame in the Georgia fan base, consider this: No one since Herschel has been asked to do so much as a FRESHMAN running back. We all know that there are not too many Herschels or Lattimores out there as true freshman. And the thing about Herschel (whom I knew when he was a freshman) is that he was the rare 18-19-year-old who had a 30-year-old head on his shoulders. So let Isaiah get stronger and become a full-grown man before you start making silly prouncements about his worth as a football player (or anything about his character).

ron

December 8th, 2011
12:03 pm

If he’s smart and wants to go to the next level, he’ll steer clear of bulldog basketball.

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:23 pm

@True Dawg Fan
Through December 2010 TOTAL
SEX OFFENSES 6
RAPE 3
PUBLIC INDECENCY 3
ROBBERY 5
ARMED ROBBERY 1
OTHER ROBBERY 4
BODILY INJURY AND RELATED OFFENSES 38
SIMPLE ASSAULT 2
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT 1
BATTERY 11
SIMPLE BATTERY 17 1 16 8 2 10 0 0 0 4 8 2 7 0
TERRORISTIC THREATS 7
BURGLARY/RESIDENCE 44
FORCIBLE ENTRY 3
NON-FORCIBLE ENTRY 41
BURGLARY/NON-RESIDENCE 38
FORCIBLE ENTRY 15
NON-FORCIBLE ENTRY 23
LARCENY: UNDER $50 70
BUILDING 28
VENDING MACHINE 2
SHOPLIFTING 1
VEHICLE PARTS 1
OTHER 38
LARCENY: $50 – $200 73
BUILDING 41
SHOPLIFTING 1
VEHICLE PARTS 1
OTHER 30
LARCENY: OVER $200 110
BUILDING 74
SHOPLIFTING 1
OTHER 35
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT 26
AUTOS 10
TRUCKS AND BUSES 4
OTHER VEHICLES 12
ENTERING AUTO 57
UNDER $50 18
$50 – $200 12
OVER $200 27
BICYCLE THEFT 14
$50 – $200 4
OVER $200 10
CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO
PROPERTY 164
CRIMINAL DAMAGE 30
CRIMINAL TRESPASS 124
ARSON 10
FRAUD 24
EMBEZZLEMENT 1
FORGERY 5
FTC RELATED FRAUD 13
COMPUTER RELATED FRAUD 5
OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY 41
OBSCENE/HARASSING CALLS 21
DISORDERLY CONDUCT 4
AFFRAY 2
STALKING 14
ALCOHOL/DRUG OFFENSES 475
DUI 150
UNDERAGE POSSESSION 220
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS 13
POSSESSION OF DRUGS 91
DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS 1
WEAPONS VIOLATIONS 7
FIREARMS 3
OTHER WEAPONS 4
MISSING PERSONS 1
TOTAL 1193

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2011
12:28 pm

ignition

December 8th, 2011
12:36 pm

lgwest

December 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

What does crime and the other BS has to do with sports? Cut out the bull and let us all grow up. Go Dogs!