Four Star Center Recaps CTC Experience

One of several recruits in attendance for Countdown to Craziness, Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Park standout Tony Parker stood out as the biggest. The 6-foot-9, 265 pound four star center from the class of 2012 spoke with TDD upon returning from Durham to recap his experiences.

"I got up there a few hours before the game and had a chance to really see the school and the team," said Tony Parker. "Coach James showed me around and it was really good for me because I hadn't been to Duke since my eighth grade season. A lot has changed with them."

The same can be said of Parker who has evolved into one of the better interior prospects in the current junior class. It's why the Blue Devils, and several other high major programs, are putting in the time and hoping to entice the four star center. For Duke the charge has been led by assistant Nate James.

"Coach James has been really good for me. He's really been talking to me about how Duke uses their big men and how they really make you better. To play at Duke a big guy has to be able to run the floor and rebound. It's something I really noticed this weekend when I was watching them play."

Parker certainly had a front row seat in Cameron with other recruits. Some committed. Some not. Regardless of their personal situations, Parker says the conversation amongst the group was consistent.

"I knew Quinn [Cook] really well and Austin [Rivers] was really cool. They were kind of recruiting me a little, but mainly we were all just talking about how much Duke has changed. The style of play has really picked up and the team has a lot more talent now. The coaches have done a great job and you can see the improvement all around."

Aside from James and his fellow recruits, Parker also had a chance to have a conversation with head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"He was really relaxed about everything. He said for me to keep working really hard and that he wants me to come back up this season for a real game. He said he likes what he's seen from me and to keep it up."

Krzyzewski and several other coaches will have more to watch as the high school season begins to kick off for Miller Park in a few weeks. The team will be chasing a third straight state championship with Parker right in the thick of things. In his quest for a three-peat, Parker has spent a lot of time working out on his own in hopes of not only leading his team, but to also prepare for the collegiate level in a little more than two years.

"I've really worked hard on my conditioning and my aggressiveness. My mindset is really about going in and trying to dominate when I step on the court. I didn't always have that, but I am approaching the court like that every time now. My post moves are also getting better. I just need to keep it up."

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