Tony Parker: UCLA lands AJC’s Mr. Georgia Basketball (REPLAY)

Note: We are scheduled to have a live video stream of Tony Parker’s announcement at 4 p.m. today

What will Tony Parker do today?

The Atlanta schoolboy legend will make his highly-anticipated college decision shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

Parker, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 20 overall college basketball prospect by Scout.com, will pick between hats from Duke, UGA, UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State and Memphis.

“Whichever college gets Tony, they will be getting a player with a good feel for the game and a great basketball IQ, along with an incredible post presence,” Miller Grove High School basketball coach Sharman White told the AJC on Sunday night.

Parker’s basketball coach didn’t offer any hints on the big decision, only saying, “I can imagine this weekend was either peaceful or stressful, depending on if he was confident with his choice.”

What will the AJC's Mr. Basketball do? It appears to be UCLA or UGA (AJC)

What will the AJC's Mr. Basketball do? It appears to be UCLA or UGA (AJC)

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Parker did not return phone calls on Sunday. He has kept an extremely low profile over the last couple of weeks. On Sunday, Parker hung out at the house of his childhood buddy, Josh Holsey, the Creekside High School senior who has signed a football scholarship with Auburn.

Parker and Holsey played AAU basketball together for about five years.

“I don’t really know what he’s going to do,” Holsey claimed. “It’s a mystery to me, just like everybody else. We just hung out, and we didn’t really talk about [his decision] … he was very relaxed, and didn’t seem too stressed out about anything.”

If Parker picks UGA, he would be the Bulldogs’ highest-profile recruit in the post area since McDonald’s All-America selection Carlos Strong in 1992. As far as surprises, Parker might rank among the biggest in UGA history. The Bulldogs were never really considered a serious contender until the last couple of months.

Parker, who averaged 16.6 points and 11 rebounds this past season, led Miller Grove to four straight state championships.

What do we think? Parker has kept it close to vest during the entire recruiting process. He is very hard to read. Nevertheless, recruiting wouldn’t be fun without some good ol’ speculation. Our theory? We’d guess it’s 50-50 between UGA and UCLA, with Ohio State as the new darkhorse. Apparently, Jared Sullinger’s early departure to the NBA may be appealing to Parker. With Duke, we feel like if he had wanted to go there, he would’ve signed in the early period. With Kansas, Parker fell in love on his official visit but the Jayhawks may have been hurt when assistant Danny Manning was hired away. UCLA has basketball tradition and his longtime AAU coach (Korey McCray) as an assistant, but it’s far away from Parker’s family. UGA doesn’t have the same basketball predigree as the other finalists but Parker could be re-united with two of his Miller Grove teammates next season and be assured a starting position by the time the fax is received by the Bulldogs.

What’s your prediction? Please post below.

  • UPDATE: BruinsBall.com, a website which covers UCLA basketball, made its prediction on Sunday night: “I just got the final word from my sources that Parker is going to sign with UCLA. While nothing is ever 100% in the recruiting game, I cap it at 90% that Parker will be a Bruin, 9% that he will head to Georgia to stay close to home, and 1% that he will choose elsewhere.” Go here to read more

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316 comments Add your comment

A person SMART enough to know......

April 23rd, 2012
1:38 am

UCLA and be a 1 or 2 and done college player I am guessing.

Vance Duly

April 23rd, 2012
2:28 am

It would be great for Georgia to catch a truly big fish, but we almost always end up with an empty net in these situations. At some point, for Coach Fox to elevate our program, we have to get a a few of our state’s best players on the court at the same time. This would be a nice time for that to change…….. Even if it’s 50/50 with Parker, it’s hard to believe we’ll actually get him. If he’s a “one and done”, his benefit to UGA will be minimal based on what our roster looks like for next season. …………GO DAWGS!

smells of satan

April 23rd, 2012
3:47 am

It would be great if some of our Georgia players would exhibit a little class and loyalty by staying in their home state to play thereby rewarding the people in Georgia that paid for their education and training. Until the parents and coaches instill some of these values in our young men then we will continue to see them jump ship and play for the enemy. Georgia has a lot of good players so give us a couple or three of the best and UGA will be a top ten team yearly. Good night and hope for the best.

Dawg "till I Die

April 23rd, 2012
5:18 am

When did taxpayers start footing the bill for AAU, smells of satan? Hope he heads to Athens, but wish him the best wherever he goes (except Duke).

Year of the DAWG

April 23rd, 2012
5:43 am

Would be awesome to see Georgia with two Mcdonald’s all american’s. GO Dawgs.

tenn.DAWG

April 23rd, 2012
6:08 am

Hope he takes the opportunity to come in and make a HUGE impact in his home states flagship program versus somewhere he wont be appreciated as much.Good Luck either way.

DEKALB HOOPS COACH

April 23rd, 2012
6:21 am

PEOPLE PEOPLE..1ST OF ALL KOREY MCCRAY NEVER EVER COACHED PARKER! 2ND OF ALL PARKER IS 6′8″ NOT A SHOT BLOCKER AND HE WILL BE IN ANY SCHOOL HE ATTENDS 4 YEARS THIS NOT “DERRICK FAVORS” TONY NEEDS “LOTS AND LOTS OF WORK” FIRST OF ALL HE HAS TO GET IN SHAPE.THE COLLEGE GAME IS MUCH FASTER THAN HIGH SCHOOL.HE STRUGGLED WITH CONDITIONING ON THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.SO HOW IN THE HELL IS HE A ONE AND DONE.HE CAN’T PLAY MAN TO MAN DEFENSE.SLOW FOOT WORK.AND THAT ALL THEY PLAY IN THE NBA.

Milledgeville DAWG

April 23rd, 2012
6:22 am

Stay home Tony, we need you.

ugakev

April 23rd, 2012
6:29 am

I don’t expect him to commit to Georgia but always reserve a little hope. I do believe heading to UCLA would be a big mistake if he wants his family to see him play. This kid can really be the man at Georgia and the Dawgs would have a really good young squad with him added on. Play for your state and embrace it. Don’t be afraid just because the Georgia basketball tradition is not deep.

JROLL1

April 23rd, 2012
7:27 am

THANKS DEKALB HOOPS COACH FOR KEEPING IT REAL! I SAW TONY PLAY A COUPLE OF TIMES AND GETTING IN COLLEGE SHAPE IS A MUST…NOT NEARLY READY FOR THE NBA!

Beast from the East

April 23rd, 2012
7:28 am

My money would be on UCLA. Hope he does decide to go to UGA, though.

Destin Dawg

April 23rd, 2012
7:36 am

Go Dawgs B Ball!!!

FL Jacket

April 23rd, 2012
7:50 am

I hope he picks UGA so I can get to see the Robert Carter-Tony Parker battles for the next few years…

Joe blow

April 23rd, 2012
8:05 am

Tony we need you!!! U can help turn this program around immediately!! U donte and Brandon form a nice front court for years 2 come…Charles Mann at the point and Caldwell pope @sg..Thornton doing the dirty work…go DAWGS!!!

Just Saying

April 23rd, 2012
8:06 am

Parker dominated in HS due to his sheer mass, he won’t do that on the college level in his current physical condition. His vertical isn’t impressive, there are numerous guys who can defend him with quickness, length and conditioning, his defense or lack of, will be a significant liability. He is NOT a one and done, no way, no how. He’s a less athletic version of Glen “Baby Shaq” Davis.

Parker doesn’t owe taxpayers of this state anything, his parents pay property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes to various state governments in this state. Whatever Parker decides he won’t be “committing” he will be “signing” with a school today.

As for Fox and Georgia, he has a steep mountain to climb. Signing Parker would be a huge get simply because of the positive publicity associated with such a high profile player and the message it would send. Conversely, missing on him would be another setback for a program which struggles to sign significant big men. As of this morning Fox is 0 for 2 in this class having missed on Top 25 rated prospects, big men Shaq Goodwin and Robert Carter; will he miss on Parker and go 0 for 3? A very, very bad omen going forward for a struggling program.

Dap01

April 23rd, 2012
8:07 am

If he is one and done any where he goes, then why not be a home state hero and let his family watch one year?

He will be just a player at UCLA. He will be a hero at UGA.

Deepdiver

April 23rd, 2012
8:16 am

Great basketball I.Q.? What does that mean? Must mean this guy is an idiot, but a really good basketball player.

Game Changer

April 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

To the GA fans cliaming home state loyalty etc. I say BS. GA either makes a commitment to basketball or they continue being a meaningless program in the SEC.

The Rodeo Barn that is an excuse for home game basketball in 2012 is a joke. You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. Facilities etc etc. top 5 revenue and no coliseum still today, should have multipurpose building with classrooms, dorms and second to none coliseum basketball venue.

Michael Adams, president of the GA Athletic Department in an interview spoke eloquent and passionately about education. Fast forward to Athletics, Michael Adams is totally responsible for the state of GA Athletics and over the past 6 years image, character, competitiveness, discipline etc. have been non existent and a spiraling trend down has continued. ABSOLUTELY NO LEADERSHIP EXIST AT BUTTS MEHRE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

Mark Fox, you may be the answer for a basketball program elsewhere but UGA lack of commitment to improve facilities will stall any chance for growth or improvement of the overall program. Thanks for trying.

tiger

April 23rd, 2012
8:20 am

amen deepdiver

PureEvil

April 23rd, 2012
8:22 am

He will be just a player at UCLA. He will be a hero at UGA.

He’ll be a hero to the 500 people that give a crap about UGA basketball!!!

Tony Parker

April 23rd, 2012
8:22 am

I choose UGA….Go Dawgs

Whiskey Breath

April 23rd, 2012
8:25 am

Why in the hell would high schools kids have to display loyalty to the state of Georgia?
The only loyalty a high school student needs to show is to his God, country and family.
Get your priorities right.

PureEvil

April 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

Great basketball I.Q.? What does that mean?

Really?? If you’ve ever coached basketball at any level you’d know what Basketball IQ is. It’s making the right decisions on the court, seeing things that aren’t open yet, mentally being one step ahead of your opponent at all times. You might be right he could be as dumb as a bag of rocks, but who cares right as long as he can play ball!!!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

I say he selects the dogs and the pressure on Fox goes thru the roof and he will fail to deliver. Careful what you wish for because you just might lose your job over it!

Bourbon shower

April 23rd, 2012
8:31 am

Does this moniker make me look hard?? I’m really a big p****, so I use alcohol to make myself look hard does it work on here too????

DC

April 23rd, 2012
8:32 am

Home town loyalty? This kid is making a decision that could affect his entire career…who cares about home town loyalty..

Do whats best for YOU kid!

Crap

April 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

I simply do not understand a poll on where people think anybody is going to school. Absurd.

Jacket fan in Wisconsin

April 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

Much as I hate to say it, I stick with what I said two weeks ago. It’s UGA , always was. He did do a pretty good job on building some drama, though. My guess he will also be a “one and done”, but he shouldn’t do that, IMO.

Just Saying

April 23rd, 2012
8:40 am

Game Changer @8:18
Bud, you really should know what the facts are before offering up such an ill informed opinion. When is the last time you actually saw Stegeman Coliseum, or went inside? Obviously it has been 10 yrs, if ever. It bears no resemblance to the building it was 10 yrs ago. Millions have been put into interior and exterior renovations. As for multi-purpose building, no idea what that means. However Georgia does have a state of the art practice building housing men’s and women’s basketball along with gymnastics team. The building provides each basketball program with its own court totally separate from the other, locker rooms, lounge areas, coach’s offices, meeting rooms and is generally recognized as one of the finest in the country. I suppose you weren’t aware of that.

As for commitment, there has never been more of a commitment. Coach’s salaries, staff funding, recruiting budget, travel budget, have never been better. Finances are not an issue.

Regarding Pres Michael Adams, he should have been long ago. He serves as Chair of the Athletic Association and as such has seen to it that Ath Dept funds have been diverted to other expenses across the campus. Why is the Ath Dept paying for parking decks? This is the same Michael Adams who hired Jim Harrick and personally admitted Tony Cole by overriding an admissions rejection. It is a shame Adams is still President at The University of Georgia.

Jacket fan in Wisconsin

April 23rd, 2012
8:43 am

I also completely agree with ” Just sayin” @ 8:06 , FWIW. Big bodies that can’t, or won’t, run the floor or play defense will have a hard time in TODAY’S college game. Dominant in high school doesn’t always mean dominant in college, especially in an athletic conference like the SEC.

bucket

April 23rd, 2012
8:49 am

I have no clue where Parker is going although I am obviously hoping it’s UGA. To all the know-it-alls that are still talking about the facilities @ UGA I am calling bull****! If you still think that UGA has crappy basketball facilities you obviously haven’t been in them lately like I have. To continue typing those words about UGA shows that you are not a fan of UGA and everyone who is a fan or has visited the campus recently knows that you don’t know what you are talking about and have nothing relevant to add to this discussion.

bucket

April 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

@ Just saying – I wish I had seen your post before I typed mine. Well said!

CrαZy

April 23rd, 2012
8:52 am

Just Saying,

Stegeman Coliseum (home of the gym dogs) has received improvements, but it still is very unimpressive compared to top basketball schools around the country and even not so good basketball schools including the new building in ATL for GT. For a school with the money that UGA has they should’ve built a Basketball arena years ago!! And yes the commitment is there by the school, but not by the fans.

bucket

April 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

@ Crazy – Compare Stegeman today to Cameron Indoor today and then come back and talk about what the top basketball schools have compared to UGA.

bjohnDawg

April 23rd, 2012
9:01 am

I have been back to the basketball offices. Men and Women’s and the practice courts as well.Some of the best in the country. Nice facility. The remodeling of Stegman on the outside and concourse is great. Fox will get the program on a level that competes in the SEC and nationally…given time. He needs to just get the top talent in the state to play at UGA. Some consistent success will accomplish that.

Tony Parket…best of luck no matter where you go.

bjohnDawg

April 23rd, 2012
9:02 am

CrαZy

April 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

bucket

It’s like compairing Turner Field to Fenway!! Cameron is packed with tradition plus they have fantastic practice facilities and one of the greatest coaches of all time!!! Cameron Wins even though I can’t stand the dookies!!

gt4ever

April 23rd, 2012
9:06 am

Who cares….

Coach

April 23rd, 2012
9:07 am

DeepDiver, it is apparent that you as well as that other idiot who ask what bball IQ is, know nothing about bball. So you really should not be commenting on this issue. Parker is actually a really bright kid and very humble. Where ever he goes, he will do well but he defintely is going to have to work hard and develop. He is defintely not a one and done player, he will be in a minimum of 3 yrs. I hope the best for him. I think he will sign with UCLA. They have a really good freshman class and can build for the future.

CrαZy

April 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

He is defintely not a one and done player

Well that completely depends on how well he does his first year!! If you say he’s a bright kid and then doesn’t go pro if he’s projected to be a top pick then I wouldn’t call him very bright!!

Rooty Tooty

April 23rd, 2012
9:23 am

Who gives a rats arse

BulldogBen

April 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

In my humble opinion, the Mark Fox era is hinging on this kids decision. If he doesn’t get him, I think he may be done in 2 years. He simply HAS to get kids like this to even begin to compete in a division with UK, UF, and Vandy.

Also, the facilities argument is soooo tired. Not just in college athletics, but in the pros as well (maybe even more so in the pros). Owners and teams are always scrambling for shiny new stadiums but we just saw over the weekend a 100 year old stadium in Fenway get honored. Even if owners get new stadiums, it’ll be outdated in 20 years anyway, Why not just stick with what you have?

tide roll

April 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

Can he play Offensive Tackle?

Josephus

April 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

Tony Parker was a member of the Georgia Stars. He was NOT an Atlanta Celtic, who’s former coach is now at UCLA. How many times will you make that claim before correcting your mistake?

bucket

April 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

@ Crazy – Cameron is a great place because of tradition and the coach and the players. I would never compare UGA to Duke in any of those categories right now. I was simply countering your point that Stegeman was so inadequate compared to the facilities at the elite programs. Buildings don’t make the team great or provide tradition, coaches and players do that. I think Mark Fox is a good coach and we will see if he can be great given time and great players, but if it doesn’t happen it won’t be because of Stegeman because that facility today is on par with alot of college basketball facilities around the country. Tony Parker is the type of player in my opinion that can help Fox get on track because it will be a turning point as far as elite basketball players in this state giving UGA a chance. They have some good pieces in Athens and Parker would make the current signing class great in my opinion.

bucket

April 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

@ tide roll – I wondered the same thing, but not for the same reasons you do. I don’t assume that only black guys can play offensive line.

john marshall

April 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

Fox cant recruit in the south.Felton ws good but ……….fox should go to indiana and get 3 or 4 shooters. in the south transition is everything but teams are lost against teams that can shoot 3s.

john marshall

April 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

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Truth Hurts

April 23rd, 2012
9:48 am

“Whichever college gets Tony, they will be getting a player with a good feel for the game and a great basketball IQ, along with an incredible post presence,” Miller Grove High School basketball coach Sharman White told the AJC on Sunday night.

Top 20 recruit? Hard to believe with his lack of production in 3 all star games against top competition. He had little to no post presence with his back to the basket. His rebounding wasn’t impressive. He looked like a big guy who could face the basket and wanted to play outside. Not a program changer.

GTBob

April 23rd, 2012
9:53 am

UCLA has already signed two of the top 3 players in the country and another player in the top 70. Add Parker later today and they have a pretty awesome recruiting class.