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

Tony Parker sends message at NBA Camp

INTERESTED TEAMS:



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

Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Recruiting Notebook: Gabe York advances process

By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With a relatively weak point guard group in the class of 2012, Gabe York could establish himself as one of the best -- if he is able to handle the position full time.

“I’m trying to be a point guard, still getting the hang of it,” York said. “The biggest thing is learning the position.”

York, a 6-foot-1 prospect from Orange Lutheran (Calif.), is one of the best scorers in the country. He has tremendous range and lift on his 3-point shot, and he finishes effectively at the rim.

York doesn’t want to change his scoring prowess.

“I want to be a scoring point guard,” he said. “I don’t want to take away that part of my game.”

Recently, York trimmed his list to 10 schools: Marquette, Notre Dame, Kansas, Louisville, Washington, Oklahoma, UNLV, Arizona, Memphis and Connecticut.

Recently, he took a trip to Washington, and he went to Chicago after the NBPA Top 100 Camp to check out Marquette and Notre Dame. York also plans on going to Arizona at the end of the month.

“I’ll have a better feel for what I want after that,” he said.

Poythress feels pressure to stay home

Playing alongside Tony Parker and several other high-major players on the Georgia Stars this spring, Alex Poythress stood out.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) made an impact with his athleticism and length. He can power around the rim and is one of the better rebounders in the class. Poythress also has the ability to face-up and knock down jumpers.

“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “I just played hard and tried to show what I could do.”

Plenty of schools were impressed, as Poythress currently boasts a long list. Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State are all on him.

While Poythress has no favorites, three schools are on him the most, and they all have something in common.

“The in-state schools are probably coming at me the hardest -- Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee,” he said.

Howard has a future in two sports

For all the athletes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Twymond Howard might be the best overall athlete.

The 6-foot-6 Howard is a star on the hardwood -- and on the gridiron. As a result, he is being pursued in both sports.

Howard, a small forward from Pearl (Miss.), wanted to prove himself on the basketball court last week in Virginia.

“Just to show I’m one of the top players,” Howard said of his goals. “I feel like I’m one, so I have to play hard. I want everybody to know who I am.”

For now, Howard is hearing from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Alabama and Auburn.

“I’ve taken unofficials to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” he said.

Photo: MaxPreps.com 

Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Rodney Purvis: Duke, N.C. State sit atop the list

By Jeff Goodman

Rodney Purvis has been busy since his de-commitment from Louisville last month.

The top-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2012 spent last weekend at the Chris Paul Camp and followed it up with an unofficial visit to Missouri – where ex-Louisville assistant Tim Fuller is now on staff.

Purvis will also head to the NBA Camp this week and plans to attend LeBron James’ Skills Academy in early July.

``If Tim Fuller had stayed at Louisville, I’d still be committed,” the 6-foot-3 guard admitted.

Purvis said that he is in the process of compiling a definitive list, but he did admit that two schools that stand at the top right now are Duke and N.C. State.

``Those are probably the two that have been on me the hardest,” he said.

Purvis also told Scout.com recently that Kentucky, Louisville and Memphis comprised the remainder of his top five.
 
 
 
 
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