Tony Parker: Atlanta schoolboy legend “unlikely” to sign on Wednesday




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Tony Parker, the AJC’s Mr. Basketball and one of the nation’s top uncommitted basketball prospects, is unlikely to make his highly-anticipated decision on Wednesday – the first day of the NCAA’s late signing period.

“What I’m getting from his family is that there’s a good chance it won’t be Wednesday,” said Miller Grove High School coach Sharman White.

“I don’t think he’s just quite ready. He’s trying to figure out the last intricate parts of this decision … so he can make the best choice.”

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound power forward has seven finalists: Duke, UGA, Ohio State, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis and Georgetown. Parker, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 21 overall prospect by ESPN, claims no leaders.

Over the weekend, there were rumors that Parker had eliminated Ohio State. Parker “has stopped returning calls from Buckeyes coaches, a sign that OSU is out of the picture,” according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.

Tony Parker said he will probably visit UGA one more time before announcing his college decision (AJC)

Tony Parker said he will probably visit UGA one more time before announcing his college decision (AJC)

Parker’s coach responded to the report: “I’d say no comment about that. Well, I don’t think that’s correct. I don’t know. I’m not sure about that. They [Ohio State] are calling me so I know there’s some kind of contact.”

What’s next for Parker? He will leave on Wednesday with his coach for The Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte. White will serve as a coach for Saturday’s all-star game.

Parker may make unofficial visits to a few of his finalists, although his coach did not know specifics. Parker told the AJC last month that he will likely make one more trip to UGA before signing because two of his high school teammates will be playing for the Bulldogs next season.

How much pressure if Parker feeling? “I just think he’s trying to get to a clear place in his mind where he wants to go,” White said. “It’s a really tough position to be in, and I don’t envy him one bit. All things considered, he’s handling it very well and trying to figure out what’s best for him.”

Basketball’s late signing period runs from April 11 to May 16.

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old school

April 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

Tony Parker is a very raw talent and will need to learn footwork, develop a shot from 10-15 feet from the basket, and some fundamentals to excel at the next level. He has no outside shot and will by physically dominated by older/stronger players. Sharman White is a “joke” as a coach. Miller Grove was not successful on the national level against superior talent. Coach White was out coached in every game on ESPN.

Hope that he chooses a school that can coach him up and will stop all of his whining on the court. D! officials will not tolerate his behavior.

Atl Hoops Coach

April 10th, 2012
6:55 pm

People have you watched these kids play before you all say one and done..Last year it was Julian Royal. The year before it was Jelan Kendricks. THE QUESTION IS WHERE ARE THEY NOW. Tony is a LONG way ready for the NBA that’s if he will every play. You heard it from me first. If Tony goes to UCLA to follow SHABAZZ & KYLE you never hear from him again.

jj

April 10th, 2012
8:30 pm

Every day he DOESN’T sign with a major bball power is a plus for Georgia.

just sayin

April 10th, 2012
9:09 pm

Parker is the most over hyped player to come out of Atlanta in quite a while. He played in 2 all star games against top competition and couldn’t run the floor or assert himself. He will not be a program changer for any team but he could be an above average player. If he gets in shape.

Hoops Dawg

April 10th, 2012
11:24 pm

To all you doubters out there, I don’t care if Mr. Parker needs work to become a real player as an NBA guy or even a D1 guy. I like his character and he is precisely the type of big man that Coach Fox has helped to polish. I really believe UGA is a good fit for him (for several reasons), and I guarentee you that his signing will go a long way to filling the Steg on a regular basis. Just offer the Parker family great seats and lets tip it off for an exciting new season.

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charlie

April 12th, 2012
12:18 am

Duke, Smook! I coulda coached that team to a 27-7 record! All Duke has is a great RECRUITER! Coach K should be called RECRUITER K! A good coach would have made their way past LEHIGH!!

Bob

April 15th, 2012
2:59 am

If I was a Betting Man my money would be on UCLA from all the latest “Chatter”….
Good Luck Tony what ever the Choice….