Tag:Tony Parker
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:40 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Connecticut joins race for Tony Parker



By
Jeff Borzello

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It seems every time Tony Parker discusses his recruitment, another school enters the picture.

This time, it’s Connecticut.

“[Jim] Calhoun called me recently,” Parker said after his team’s loss to St. Anthony (N.J.) at the Hoop Hall Classic. “I’ll sit down with my dad. They’re one of his favorite schools.”

Parker, a 6-foot-8 big man from Miller Grove (Ga.), is one of the top uncommitted players left in the class of 2012. He still has Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Ohio State and Memphis on his list, with Kansas showing recent interest.

Parker said he plans to make a decision during the spring.

“It’s getting closer, it’s starting to get hectic,” he said. “But I don’t really feel any pressure.”

Parker struggled against the swarming defense of St. Anthony on Monday, finishing with just six points and three rebounds. Duke and Kentucky had three representatives each to watch Parker, with Mike Kryzewski and Jim Calhoun both in attendance. Kevin Ollie from Connecticut also took in the game.

Parker enjoys the eyeballs watching him.

“The light is on me,” he said. “I don’t feel any added pressure because if I choose them, I’m going to play in front of them everyday. It’s kind of fun.”

Kentucky recently began showing more interest in Parker, and the Wildcats are in the mix for his final official visit. The Wildcats have already secured a commitment from Alex Poythress, Parker’s friend and AAU teammate on the Georgia Stars.

Poythress has been helping Kentucky recruit Parker.

“Their interest is good,” Parker said. “I get the Kentucky calls everyday from [Poythress], making sure I’m watching the game. It’s a great place.”

Although several teams are trying to jump into the process late in the game, Ohio State is one of the programs that have been involved since the start. Assistant coach Drew Dickerson represented the Buckeyes on Monday.

If Jared Sullinger leaves early, Parker would be the ideal replacement.

“They’re a great program,” he said. “They do a lot with their bigs, which really works in my favor. They really recruit good around their bigs. I have a deep relationship with the coaching staff.”

Parker plans to take his final official visit before making a decision. He said Kentucky, Kansas and Connecticut are all in the mix for it, but it will likely come down to Kentucky or Connecticut for his last trip.

Unless another team enters the picture, of course.

Photo: Five Star Basketball 

Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:37 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Tony Parker sends message at NBA Camp

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By Jeff Borzello

At times during the spring, Tony Parker barely looked like a top-50 player in the class of 2012.

That certainly changed at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week in Virginia, when Parker went through a hit list of opponents and dominated everyone.

Daniel Ochefu, Shaq Cleare, Cameron Ridley, even Andre Drummond for one half – Parker handled them all, showing off his versatile offensive game and making an impact at both ends of the floor.

“I wanted to show I’m a better basketball player, that I’m one of the top bigs in the class,” Parker said. “I just gotta play hard.”

Parker, a 6-foot-9 big man from Miller Grove (Ga.), has a host of schools on his list, including Florida, Kansas, Texas, Georgia and Georgia Tech. However, three schools are standing out right now: Ohio State, Duke and Memphis.

Parker would have the chance to be the next NBA big out of Ohio State, and could step right in for Jared Sullinger once the future lottery pick leaves Columbus.

“Ohio State has a real good coach and a good style of play,” Parker said. “It’s a great campus, an athletic atmosphere.”

While Parker has said he would choose Ohio State if he was forced to make a decision immediately, Duke is also very much in the hunt.

“It has strong academics and a great coach in Coach K,” he said.

At Memphis, Parker could arrive and immediately be the best back-to-the-basket player in the conference.

“They do a good job of getting their bigs the ball,” he said.

While he does have a top three, Parker said he plans to take his visits in the fall before deciding.

“I’m looking for an all-around good basketball atmosphere,” he said.

Photo: 247 Sports

 
 
 
 
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