NCAA investigating Tony Parker for potential recruiting violations, per report (UPDATED)

The NCAA is investigating for potential recruiting violations involving Tony Parker, according to Scout.com’s UCLA website.

Parker was the AJC’s Mr. Basketball from Miller Grove High School who signed last April with UCLA over offers from UGA, Ohio State, Kansas, and Memphis.

On Sunday night, Parker’s high school coach told the AJC he was aware of the report, and also stated that he had not been contacted by the NCAA.

Tony Parker, who signed with UCLA over UGA, among others, is being investigated by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations, according to Scout.com. Parker cited UCLA's hiring of his longtime AAU coach -- permissible under NCAA rules -- as a major reason he picked the Bruins (AJC photo/Curtis Compton)

Tony Parker, who signed with UCLA over UGA, among others, is being investigated by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations, according to Scout.com. Parker cited UCLA's hiring of his longtime AAU coach -- permissible under NCAA rules -- as a major reason he picked the Bruins (AJC photo/Curtis Compton)

“Of course, I was caught off guard by this,” Miller Grove’s Sharman White said. “I think it’s the NCAA just doing what they do. If they’ve got any suspicions, I don’t know … I can’t really go on the record and say anything.

“I mean, you hear about things like this all the time – the NCAA investigating and clearing guys to be eligible, or whatever. It’s not like the first time this has ever happened. It happens all the time. And, in a lot of cases, the guys are cleared.

“I’m fully confident that Tony Parker will be cleared by the NCAA and ready to go this season.”

When asked if he was aware of any wrongdoings during Parker’s UCLA recruitment, White replied, “No. None. Personally, I don’t know of any.”

When asked if he knew what the NCAA may be specifically looking into with Parker, White said, “I really don’t know. I was kind of surprised when I heard about the report. I would gladly answer questions from the NCAA. I wouldn’t shy away from anything.”

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound center, was one of three highly-touted recruits that signed with UCLA last season, along with shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad and small forward Kyle Anderson – all ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall prospects. Muhammad has been under an NCAA probe for recruiting violations involving his relationship with an AAU booster and is awaiting a ruling on his eligibility. The names of Parker and Anderson were first mentioned on Sunday by BruinReportOnline.com.

While Muhammad’s status with the team is under review, both Parker and Anderson were permitted to travel with UCLA to a recent series of exhibition games in China. However, Parker did not play because of a hamstring injury.

“Tony hasn’t been out there much because of the hamstring, but he’s feeling a lot better and said that he could’ve probably played in China but they held him back for precautionary reasons,” White said.

Last April, Parker cited UCLA hiring his longtime AAU coach Korey McCray as an assistant, as one of his main reasons of signing with UCLA.

UPDATE: UCLA released a statement on Monday: “Recently, there have been misleading and inaccurate public reports regarding the initial-eligibility certification of our men’s basketball team’s incoming class … Currently, there are two men’s basketball student-athletes who have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA. UCLA will not, and cannot, endanger the privacy of our student-athletes or the confidentiality of the process by providing a more specific response at this time to these reports.”

Also on Monday night, ESPNLosAngeles reported, “A source who requested anonymity told ESPNLosAngeles that the two who have not yet been cleared are Muhammad and Anderson. Parker had been the subject of an inquiry, but has since been cleared …”

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38 comments Add your comment

Hoops Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
10:52 pm

Could this simply be a case of the NCAA looking at all UCLA’s recruits because of a potential problem with one? I hope so. I was disappointed that we did not get Parker but nonetheless wish him well.

el tigre

September 2nd, 2012
11:15 pm

tony should have kept his word when he committed to memphis after the conference tournament. Taking money from ucla was the dumbest thing he could have done and several people tried to talk him and his family out of it. They should have known better than to take money. Its not like he wouldn’t have made money in the nba anyway.

J-dawg

September 3rd, 2012
1:10 am

Man, and I was thinking UCLA was a lock to make the final 4 this year. Nothing would make me happier than if Parker was ruled ineligible – his recruiting shenanigans really annoyed me.

Bill

September 3rd, 2012
5:39 am

Will Jordan Adams be investigated next? He also said UCLA hiring his AAU coach McCray as an Assistant was a major reason he signed.

Game Changer

September 3rd, 2012
8:35 am

Last time UGA started complaining about a school to the ncaa it boomeranged and put AJ Green on the sidelines for four games, it was a total mishandling by the UGA AD and legal group involved which made it worse for AJ and the team.

Dave

September 3rd, 2012
8:35 am

I feel bad for the young man. I grew up in Southern California during the whole Wooden era and know that this whole matter with the AAU coach is not the way he operated. Actually don’t recall hearing the term “AAU coach” or at least don’t recall their influence. Shows how much the sport has changed for the worse. Don’t know what the NCAA is really going to do to stop this even though it’s so transparent a blind man could see what’s happening. Looks like UCLA is becoming Kentucky West with kids signing and leaving after one year or so. Fans might as well get used to it.

DP

September 3rd, 2012
9:32 am

There can’t be an easier way to funnel money to recruits than to hire their AAU coach at multiples of the money he was making, then have him pass some of the windfall through to the kids who agreed to come with him as a package deal. Does anybody really think the best candidate Ben Howland could find as an assistant coach was an AAU coach?

DP

September 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

Dave, the way UCLA got so many top recruits during the Wooden era was named Sam Gilbert.

Baloneyismyfirstname!

September 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

How low..wishing I’ll on a kid

Paul in NH

September 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

According to the reports, another school made a complaint to the NCAA about UCLA’s recruiting of their 3 FR’s – I wonder who it was? Duke offered 2 out of the 3 – was it K?

LA cheaters

September 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

The 2 Los Angeles schools should be on probation permanently. They are always cheating.

Pitbull

September 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

I did not read anything in the story that ever mentioned that UGA complained to the NCAA about UCLA or any other school doing anything.

Quit trying to create false drama.

Paul in NH

September 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

@Pitbull

Who said anything about UGA? The reports of another school turning in UCLA are all over the place

http://tracking.si.com/2012/09/02/ucla-recruiting-class-investigation/

ron

September 3rd, 2012
11:19 am

I’m sure UGA had something to do with Parker’s investigation,sour grapes. However I think the young man is highly overrated.

gt4ever

September 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

Agree with Ron, UGA is being their whiny normal self… and this kid is way overrated…

ron

September 3rd, 2012
11:29 am

It seems just like Parker taunted his recruiters & fans in delaying his decision may back-fire on him.In the past too many of these highly recruited athletes ran awfoul of the NCAA and was never heard of again.

Paul in NH

September 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

I doubt UGA had anything to do with Parker’s recruiting being investigated. The recruiting of Shabazz Muhammed is what has triggered this investigation. My money is on UK or Duke turning in UCLA.

Uf girl

September 3rd, 2012
11:45 am

Game changer, Ron, gt4ever, GtBob and all other techies
You guys can’t stop!!! The envy and jealousy you spew at the SEC is getting old……get a life guys.

Blake

September 3rd, 2012
12:09 pm

College basketball’s a sleazy business.

liberalefty

September 3rd, 2012
12:26 pm

when all else fails blame the AAU…

Jim Mora Jr.

September 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Just wait until they get a load of my recruiting practices. I make USC look like choir boys…CHOIR BOYS!

liberalefty

September 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

i think PARKER is vastly overrated. And he weighs 280 now which means he’ll be about 310i by his sophomore season

Chicagojeff

September 3rd, 2012
12:46 pm

The recruitment of Shabazz Muhammad is going to the be the straw that breaks UCLA’s back. I predict that Shabazz if he’s lucky will be able to transfer.. but if not will be declared ineligible and have to declare for the NBA.. Tony P will either choose to stick with UCLA as they undo go sanctions and a new coach/program .. or He’ll have to transfer and sit a year.. We all knew this looked fishy from the start. It looked as if UCLA’s coach knew he was on the hot seat and was desperate to get a fab five type event to save his job.

spider

September 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

gee what a shock, im so sick of the 17 and 18 year olds being put on a pedestal by the news media, why dont they put the kids with 4.0 and higher grade average on the front page insted of the athletes.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

September 3rd, 2012
2:15 pm

Sour grapes from UGA. They lost a big instate recruit to UCLA and ran to the NCAA alleging improprieties.

OSU Girl

September 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

The problem isn’t with the kids. I mean we are talking about young boys that come from nothing, never had much, and if it weren’t for thier talent, nothing would be expected of them. These recruiters come in these kids homes and flash money, it’s very hard to say no when you’re struggling. Thats what so many people don’t understand, because they don’t know/understand where these guys come from. Lebron James is a prime example of this (who was there to tell him right from wrong????). The media needs to stop making a circus of these children, and go after the slime balls that put them in these predicaments! They know better, even when CHILDREN don’t!!!!

@Spider….These 17 and 18 year old kids bring in MILLIONS of dollars to their schools. Many of them have great GPAs as well.
You don’t get good grades for the recognition of others; you do it to better yourself.

Paul "I can't hit at all" Janish

September 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

@OSU girl…..what in the heck are you talking about. None of these three recruits will ever see a college degree. They want to play the mandatory one year and then disappear on the Portland Trailblazers bench….I suggest you better understand college basketball prior to pressing the submit comment button on your computer. As for the author of this column, don’t make stuff up. U doubt UGA called the NCAA, but it helps your column, so who needs the truth.

justin

September 3rd, 2012
3:48 pm

I was amazed at the recruiting class that UCLA was able to put together after the SI article laid out the mess that is UCLA hoops. I guess these kids don’t want to work or have anyone to tell them what to do, Ben Howland just rolls the ball out and tells them to play. No structure or teaching involved, that explains their underachieving past.

CreakyDawg

September 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

UGA needs a 6′ 10, 290 lb. center with a butt like Sponge Bob Square Pants, someone to gobble up rebounds, and eat up space……..oh, and one that makes free throws.

Joesnopy

September 3rd, 2012
4:45 pm

Man people need to stop talking about thing they do not know about before they connect you.

Black

September 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Once a cheat say that again! You are so right! Nothing surprise me about Parker or MG. when I said something last year y’all killed me on here. Now it’s quiet! Thanks once a cheat!

kanye east

September 3rd, 2012
9:53 pm

@once a cheat and Black are you kidding me??? What does MG have to do with the most story-filled program in college basketball? I’m pretty sure MG appreciates the extra pub but I really don’t see them having a lot to do with this. Speaking of sour grapes, maybe it’s the fact that MG has 4, count em, 4 straight championships and your school probably doesn’t have one. I don’t have a card in this one, but don’t be mad at MG or Coach White.

Gene's Chizek

September 4th, 2012
8:35 am

Something must of been going on for the young man to choose UCLA over U G A Y.

kanye east

September 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

@once a cheat And when Parker is cleared, what will you say then???

kanye east

September 4th, 2012
5:59 pm

@once a cheat, Uh oh, you might want to apologize to the Parkers, MG, and Coach White (With whom you obviously have a personal problem with it seems):

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncb/story/_/id/8334544/ucla-bruins-waiting-hear-ncaa-amateur-status-two-players

Once a Cheat

September 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

@kanye east this article means nothing, This is an AD’s way of trying to keep this on the low. This is not over by far just wait. The only problem I have with Sharman White is that he is a cheat and this won’t change. I have to agree with liberalefty about Parker being overrrated. Having watched him play the past 4 years he played slow and very lazy at times, and there wasn’t a bigger crybaby on the floor during his high school career. This will be seen at the College Level. I will be very surprised if he completes his college career at UCLA.

Dwag the Bounty Hunter

September 5th, 2012
8:05 pm

any uga players skip their court date today?

Growup

September 7th, 2012
1:22 am

Woooowwww….. You wish I’ll will on children. Where your kids at? Oh ok….at home beside you. Lol they’ll soon be watching Tony Parker on tv making millions. HA!!!! Overated? Let me see you guard him. You people are so funny. It’s crazy because if he would have went to a school that wasn’t “important” y’all would have nothing to say. Get a life and please take care of your own kids. And to remind you once again, he is a kid.