Posted by Jeff Borzello
HAMPTON, Va. – In a 2012 class loaded with quality post players, Miller Grove (Ga.) big man Tony Parker stands out.
Parker is a dynamite offensive player, capable of beating defenders on the low block with a variety of post moves or facing up from the elbow and knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Although he is not ready to make a college decision, Parker’s recruiting is heating up.
“Duke is coming at me very hard right now,” he said. “Duke and Georgetown are coming at me the hardest.”
North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida are also in the mix for his services.
Some scouts were souring on Parker a season ago, but the 6-foot-8 space eater has lost weight and is looking more effective at both ends.
“I’m getting in better shape and I’m playing hard,” he said.
Texas Titans more than Randle
Although Julius Randle gets most of the publicity on the Team Texas Titans, coach Scott Pospichal has another 2013 star in the fold.
Matthew Jones, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from DeSoto (Tex.), impressed onlookers Friday with his shooting stroke and ability to score from behind the arc. Jones was aggressive offensively and made things happen against CIA Bounce (Canada).
“It’s sort of overwhelming at first,” Jones said of the Boo Williams event in general. “But I like it. It helps me get better.”
Six schools currently comprise Jones’ list: Kansas, Texas, Washington, Missouri, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Canadian native impressive in Hampton
Canada continues to make an impact on AAU basketball in the United States.
CIA Bounce is a newcomer into the Elite Youth Basketball League, yet boast at least nine potential high-major prospects. In their first game on Friday, they absolutely dominated the Texas Titans and the No. 1 player in 2013, Julius Randle.
One of the more unheralded players on the team is Naz Long, a 6-foot-3 guard who suits up for Findlay Prep (Nev.) during the high school season.
At this point, the five colleges standing out to Long are Marquette, UNLV, Virginia, New Mexico and LSU.
“I’m taking my time,” he said.