Tony Parker: Basketball star denies UCLA rumors, will sign on Monday (UPDATED)

Tony Parker’s coach denied a report that the AJC’s Mr. Georgia basketball has decided to sign with UCLA.

Atlanta schoolboy legend to announce on Friday (AJC)

Atlanta schoolboy legend to announce on Friday (AJC)

“That’s something that got started at [an all-star game] … it doesn’t have any legs to it,” Miller Grove High School coach Sharman White told the AJC on Sunday.

“Tony has not committed yet. That’s the best and only way I can put it.”

However, there are a couple of new developments with Parker: He will make his highly-anticipated college decision on Friday, and his finalists are UCLA, Duke, UGA, Kansas and Ohio State.

“Tony is ready for it to get over with,” White said. “He’s planning on doing it on Friday. We haven’t set a time yet but when we do, we’ll let everybody know.”

Unless something changes, Parker is also unlikely to make a return trip this week to visit any of his finalists, according to his coach.

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Parker is ranked as the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect by ESPNU. He led Miller Grove to four straight state championships.

On Saturday, the website BruinsBall.com, which covers UCLA basketball and recruiting, created a Twitter frenzy by writing “Some of our sources very close to the situation have notified BruinsBall.com that as of now, Tony Parker is planning to commit to UCLA.”

On the same day, Parker played in the The Jordan Brand Classic all-star game with two UCLA recruits, Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. Parker was 5 of 15 from the field, finishing with 8 points and 12 rebounds.

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UCLA, as with other schools, has a few things working in its favor with Parker: His former AAU coach with the Atlanta Celtics, Korey McCray, was hired last summer as an assistant at UCLA; his Atlanta Celtics teammate, Jordan Adams, signed with UCLA in the early period; Parker enjoyed his official visit there, loves the weather, and is impressed with the program’s tradition.

The negatives about UCLA? Playing so far away may hinder his family’s opportunities to see games; Out of all of Parker’s finalists, UCLA would likely be the most challenging for Parker to make an instant impact with the team’s depth and talent in the post area.

UPDATE at 5:35 p.m. Monday: Parker has backed up his college decision to Monday. “Tony and his family just wanted a little more time,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said. “That way, they will get the weekend to hammer it out.” No official time has been set but it will likely be around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

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87 comments Add your comment

bwell

April 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

Please come to Ga where you are needed in the worst way. Please start up our program. All of those other programs are established.

Mama wants to see you.

April 15th, 2012
1:19 pm

It is a llllooonnnggg way from Atlanta to LA. and flights aren’t cheap. You can drive to Athens and back home after the game in one evening.

John

April 15th, 2012
1:23 pm

“loves to weather”?

Steve

April 15th, 2012
1:33 pm

Well the first thing you know ol Tony’s a millionaire,
Kinfolk said “Tony move away from there”
Said “Californy is the place you ought to be”
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars and NBA Scouts……..

TommyP

April 15th, 2012
1:44 pm

Tony….you will be THE GUY at Georgia if you come to Athens. A program-changer…

What a story for both you and your Miller Grove teammates…the guys that changed Georgia basketball FOREVER.

The Tony Parker era begins on Friday….

Who cares

April 15th, 2012
2:01 pm

This is why kids have lost touch with reality we as society have glorified sports to a level were they think there above everybody and when they should be thinking about being just a kid

that's goofy

April 15th, 2012
2:05 pm

why would he go to a bottom feeder in SEC basketball? Kansas, UCLA, Duke all would be better for him in the long run.

Flashfast

April 15th, 2012
2:08 pm

You’re correct Who Cares. But life ‘as is’ will continue. I’m curious as to why Ohio State isn’t a part of the poll. Maybe there’s something I haven’t heard yet.

ryan

April 15th, 2012
2:23 pm

I hope he comes to UGA but looks like AAU strikes again .

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
2:25 pm

from what i have been seeing in the all star games etc. this guy work ethic sucks. i dont think he is a big time guy like most ppl hyping him up to be.

i heard at the mcdonalds game they said he was lazy

Riddle me this

April 15th, 2012
2:27 pm

Has any prep athlete received as much media coverage (at least by this newspaper) as Tony Parker? Obviously Nkemdiche and Foster will get similar amounts in the next year or so as they are the top athletes in their sport in the country, but I haven’t seen this much about anyone ever before. Maybe this is a note for kids. If you want your name in the local paper all the time, be indecisive about your college decisions.

huh

April 15th, 2012
2:41 pm

the article says his coach denied, not him. Hello LA!

dogs go away...

April 15th, 2012
2:44 pm

No one is going to sign to play at that high school gym, They spent $40M for a football practice facility, but put no money into the BB program. Wonder why it gets nothing out?

SunTrust Ron

April 15th, 2012
2:57 pm

Is he really as good as the hype? At 6′9”, he needs to be more athletic with much better ball handling skills. I haven’t seen him dominate a game at the HS level. Based on his size, he should have had monster games on a regular basis. Am I missing something?

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
3:01 pm

suntrust

i said the same thing in my post earlier. from the allstar games etc i didnt see him do much playing against other hs players you can do whatever u want but once you play with the other top recurits you have to back that hype up

i think he will be a bust i hope he doesnt gain anymore weight.

Wallace Butts

April 15th, 2012
3:35 pm

What a bunch of losers…leave the kid alone and let him make up his own mind. Grown men trying to recruit? Really?!

UGAandGTdad

April 15th, 2012
3:36 pm

He’s got skills when he gets his hands on the ball, but, unless he shapes up, he’s going to have trouble getting the ball playing against college big men. He needs to go someplace that will help him do that and not have to depend on him immediately. If he’s your go-to guy as a freshman, then you’re in trouble.

Tana

April 15th, 2012
3:58 pm

The hype is bigger than his skills IMO. I think places like UCLA, Duke, and Kansas will make him think he can jump straight to the pros and he will leave early and not develop or get an education. At those schools he is just a depth chart guy, but at UGA he can be the main guy and fully develop into his own. Jay Rome said Mark Fox’s regime made him a faster, leaner, and more agile bball player and tightend.

UGA is the place to go, he obviously has attachment concerns to his family or else he would have jump on board with a school millions of miles away a long time ago. Nothing in the game of basketball says you have to win championships, play with other top recruits, or leave after one season to succeed in the NBA or in life.

And for you guys saying he isn’t showing his skills against other top athletes…he is basically averaging a Double Double against all star teams. how is that lazy production?

CJay_xd

April 15th, 2012
3:58 pm

hmm…He has Been the Go to Guy ALL Four Years of High School with those four Championships. His First year he played with top Athletes then played against top Athletes around the Country. ALL-STAR Games all FUN AND GAMES but did you see him take over the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Game…smh He has work to do but his Game is Ready to be Thrown in a College Game and Make Due !!!

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
4:32 pm

tana & CJ

I have no clue what you ppl are talking about

Uga will not be a good fit for him. He will go there and i hope they dont depend on him to be there go to guy…. Playing against UK and FL bigs will really tell where he is at as a player. Duke UCla etc they will develop him into the kind of player he will be in years to come..

Cjay thats high school buddy college is a whole lot different. He avg a double double? what all star game was that?

mcdonalds game 10 pts 7 reb he played 15 mins
jordan brand classic

Posted: Yesterday 8:52 PM

RE: Jordan Brand Classic Game Thead

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Parker is having a horrible game.

Posted: Yesterday 8:05 PM

Re: Jordan Brand Classic Game Thead

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Tony Parker is a great player?….C’mon man! (Mike Ditka voice)

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I always thought he was overrated. I wasn’t sure why many of us wanted him.

He’s no Sean May, more Deon Thompson, no disrespect to Deon of course.

black1

April 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

wow yall going make mr wolverine mad! been saying this for so long

Jacket Fan

April 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

Can’t see this guy going anywhere but UGA. He’s not a Duke type of guy, IMO, because of his lack of defense and how he runs the court (slooow). UCLA..that’s a joke…he’s a home state type of guy that miss his Mama. Kansas…see Duke above. Wish he would consider Tech, but if he’s going to be a “one and done”, we’ve been down that road with PH. I think BG is trying to avoid those type of guys. He seems to want to stir up a little drama about his signing, but I put my money on UGA from day one.

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

jacketfan

yes you right sounds like that kid that ended up at louisville last year.but there is no where is he a one and done….. he dont have the work ethic. lol

Atl Hoops Coach

April 15th, 2012
4:56 pm

Leave the kid alone.This is a tough decision.Too many people have their own agenda.Honestly I don’t know why him and his family is fooling with “DEON GLOVER” He has his own agenda.Trying to send the kid to CALI.When he knows Parker family wants to see him play.DEON you are very selfish.Why fly cross country,when he can get the same thing at DUKE UGA or OSU.DEON WOULD YOU SAY UCLA HAVE EVERYTHING HE NEEDS IF YOUR BOY KORY MCCRAY WASN’T COACHING THERE!MR PARKER YOU HAD TO MANY PEOPLE AT THE MEETING . THAT CAUSED MORE CONFUSION. EVERYBODY THEIR HAD THEIR OWN AGENDA.

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
4:58 pm

atl coachim just stating facts

Atl Hoops Coach

April 15th, 2012
5:05 pm

@JACKET FAN…I WOULDN’T BET ON THAT.I DON’T THINK HE HAS VISITED UGA. IF ANY PLACE I THINK

DUKE…BUT I THINK IT’S A DONE DEAL. UCLA BOUND…

Atl Hoops Coach

April 15th, 2012
5:10 pm

@JACKET FAN JULIAN ROYAL WAS A ONE AND DONE ACCORDING TO EVERYONE ONE LAST YEAR.WATCH THESE KIDS PLAY BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT STATEMENT.DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ.PARKER IS A 4YR PLAYER

Paddy

April 15th, 2012
5:11 pm

This kind of coverage is sick. Hell, pick a school, go to class. Play ball and have fun like a normal student His HS coach is not helping matters much either. Is there an adult near by?????? Guess Not!!!!!

Tdawg

April 15th, 2012
5:44 pm

Don’t know where the kid will end up at, but I’m pretty sure that alas, it won’t be Georgia. If the kid was coming to Georgia he would have made the commit on national signing day. I think he was just waiting to see where all the other blue chippers were committing to so that he could make his decision based on who he felt had the best signing class. Well that wasn’t Georgia. Sense Kentucky wasn’t one of his finalist and the way national signing day went, I would say that UCLA is a lot closer to home than we think. Of course I wouldn’t mind being 100% wrong, just don’t think that I am. I mean it’s lot easier going to a school who has all-American players through out the line up and win than it is to help a program climb to that plateau. Guess we’ll se Friday.

Tony Parker

April 15th, 2012
5:55 pm

I’m not going to Georgia because I want to go somewhere where they know how to play basketball.

Zig Zag

April 15th, 2012
5:58 pm

one college year to be all you can be and maybe win the Dance….don’t waste it on a loser Ga. team

slydog

April 15th, 2012
6:59 pm

wow, there are a lot of scouts here on Sunday.

slydog

April 15th, 2012
7:01 pm

although i do agree with the recruiting analysis: it’s a toss up between UGA and UCLA. Other than that, this decision would have been made some time ago.

slydog

April 15th, 2012
7:07 pm

most of you can’t even dribble the ball in a straight line, but you somehow can judge his work ethic? So I guess Dwight Howard and Lebron James were Hall of Famers and Champions from day one? It’s called raw talent. It has to be developed. You never know how any player will respond when the competition level is raised. Just wait and see. The same thing was said about Jared Sullinger, John Henson, and Harrison Barnes. They had descent college careers. That’s all you can ask.

AceDawg

April 15th, 2012
7:22 pm

UGA will make the NCAA tourney next year if Parker comes to Athens. C’mon Parker – The Dawgs are just one strong player like you away from turning into a regular tourney team and more.

Mark

April 15th, 2012
7:57 pm

I have no idea where he’ll sign, but I don’t think he’ll go to UCLA simply because that seems to be a weird situation out there right now. If you read that recent article, you know what I mean.

John

April 15th, 2012
7:57 pm

Clearly no one that mentions the lack of money put into UGA’s basketball facilities have ever set foot on campus in the last 5 years… The renovations to Stegeman are great. The additions to the concourses are fantastic. It gets rocking when there’s a full house. See the Florida 2012 game…

And the basketball practice facility/locker room/player lounge area is second to none in the nation.

Parker could be an also-ran for the dumpster fire that is UCLA, or at Kansas, but he would be an immediate game changer in Athens.

Mark

April 15th, 2012
8:03 pm

I agree with you John. UGA has some pretty talented young players on the roster right now, but they’re sorely lacking a big bodied center. They have a few young bigs, but they’re all on the slender side whereas Parker is a wide bodied guy. If Parker signs with UGA, they could be a sleeper team in the SEC next year with the 2013-14 season shaping up to have a great deal of potential.

Gordon

April 15th, 2012
8:29 pm

UGA is going to be too young in the backcourt to do much next year. But they should be okay in a couple of years. KCP is a great player, but you really need an experienced point guard in college.

Hubie Green

April 15th, 2012
8:57 pm

Charles Mann will be the man: watch.

Mark

April 15th, 2012
10:03 pm

UCLA a dumpster? Maybe that’s why a couple of the top recurits for 2012 are going there. You lose credibility.

The Bear

April 15th, 2012
10:26 pm

Who cares. Good luck

UCLAFAN

April 15th, 2012
10:50 pm

If he does end up going to UCLA he will most likely get good minutes because everyone seems to know that Josh Smith is pretty lazy. Ben Howland has done a great job getting his players ready for the NBA.

Brennan Huff

April 15th, 2012
11:12 pm

Coach Ben Howland is under fire for oversight of program in published report

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/ncaa/03/13/howland-ucla.ap/index.html

Hoops Dawg

April 15th, 2012
11:20 pm

I have never given up hope that we would land Tony Parker, even back in the days several months ago when UGA was never mentioned as a possible destination for him. You can’t really blame him if he signs elsewhere given the pedigree of his other finalists. I like challenges and would be very intrigued by the prospect of joining with several other talented young players in Athens to begin to turn this program around. If he comes, I think he will be a solid contributor next year and the Dawgs get to the dance. Then watch out in 13-14. I think that, like Trey Thompkins, Tony will blossom as a sophomore into an all SEC caliber player and the dawgs could progress far into the tournament. If this were to come close to being accurate Tony Parker would receive a ton of attention–possibly much more than he would earn playing at any of his alternative schools, all of which are heavily stocked with blue chippers. Hope to see you in Athens Tony, but best of luck whereever you go.

nh gamecock

April 15th, 2012
11:28 pm

just sign with duke tony you cant go wrong if your career doesnt pan out. at least you will have a top notch degree.

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bitter coach Grantham

April 16th, 2012
7:19 am

A typical “one” and done————————————–who cares

uga82

April 16th, 2012
9:03 am

Michael, any word on Houston Kessler…has Georgia offered or is he a back up plan if Parker goes elsewhere?

ATLER (Ramblin Black Jacket)

April 16th, 2012
9:42 am

Come on mutts. You know that this guy is not going to ugag. Get real!!!!