Atlanta schoolboy legend Tony Parker has tentatively set the date to reveal his highly-anticipated college basketball decision.
“I think April 11,” Parker told the AJC on Monday night.
The 6-foot-9. 280-pound Parker briefly considered announcing at last week’s McDonald’s All-America basketball game but then decide he would rather do it in front of his family and friends at Miller Grove High School.
Parker, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 21 prospect by ESPNU, also considered announcing at the end of this week.
Now it’s shaping up to be April 11, which is significant because it is the first day of the NCAA’s late basketball period. It ends on May 16.
Which colleges are in the Tony Parker sweepstakes? We’ll review them with our opinion. Please note that Tony is a master with his poker face, and very tough to read throughout the recruiting process. In other words, we’re throwing darts.
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RELATED: After Tony Parker, the state’s hottest free agent is Adam Smith, the former Parade All-America shooting guard from Fayette County High School who just finished a sensational freshman season at UNC-Wilmington. Smith has requested a release and, on Monday, was granted unrestricted permission by UNCW to talk to other schools, according to the StarNewsOnline. What’s the big deal with Smith? He’s simply the best pure scorer at guard the state has produced since former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks. For reasons I still do not understand, he was vastly overlooked by high D1 schools because of his size (6-foot-1). He also might’ve made a mistake signing early because Smith had a monster senior season, leading Fayette County to the state semifinals while averaging an eye-popping 26.2 points. No disrespect to UGA, Georgia Tech or Georgia State, but I would take Smith over any of the guards each of those schools signed this year. He’s that good. This past season, Smith averaged 13.2 points as a college freshman, including outbursts of 32 points vs. Wake Forest, 23 vs. Maryland and 20 vs. George Mason. Will the high D1 schools miss on Adam the second time around? Doubtful. A couple of laundy items: Smith is transferring because of “a personal [decision] based on his own academic and athletic goals and objectives and not based on any issues associated with the UNCW coaching staff or his teammates,” according to his father; UNCW also requires a student to have a 2.6 GPA or better to transfer, and Smith has a 3.2. He will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and have three years of college eligibility remaining.
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