2012 Intro: Tony Parker

Tony Parker, a highly regarded 2012 prospect, hit the track and weight room in hopes of getting in better shape. Mission accomplished, as Parker is down 30 pounds.

Tony Parker has a slimmer look these days.

After spending the spring on the AAU circuit, Parker returned home ready to get in shape. And that's exactly what the Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove prospect did, as he's down 30 pounds.

"I worked out a lot during summer," said Parker. "I have trainers that have been killing me on running. I'm getting my feet better, becoming more athletic and getting faster and everything that people say I'm not."

Has the weight loss helped?

"Big difference," Parker claimed. "I can go longer. I can do more things on the court. I run the floor better. It's a great difference."

Prior to trimming up, Parker was able to snag interest from a number of college programs. Now that he's in shape, we expect that interest to continue to grow.

Parker claims early scholarship offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Connecticut. He also mentioned Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma State as schools that have shown varying degrees of interest.

"It's still early," he said of the process. "I'm still sitting down and talking about it with my parents and seeing what teams do. My mom is of course on the academics. I'm just waiting it out. I want to make sure I know."

Already Parker has taken unofficial trips to the local schools – Georgia and Georgia Tech – as well as Tennessee.

Although Parker won't be making his decision soon, a pair of schools are sitting at the top of his list.

"I really like UConn," he told Scout.com. "Coach [Jim] Calhoun is a great coach. I'm definitely leaning towards UConn and Tennessee. They are schools that play hard and play defense and kids get better."

Parker is currently rated as a five-star prospect and is ranked No. 9 overall in the 2012 class.


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