Tony Parker Has A Top Two

Tony Parker had an impressive weekend at the EYBL Session #3 in Los Angeles. On Day Two, Brian Lhee spoke with Tony before the Georgia Star's game against the Alabama Challenge.

  It's no secret that Georgia big man Tony Parker has emerged as the top post prospect choice for the Blue Devils in the class of 2012. At nearly 6'9 and 260 pounds, Parker has made a habit of controlling the glass at the various stops on the Nike EYBL. That included the most recent session held in Los Angeles where Parker averaged 14.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while playing three of four games in California for the Georgia Stars. Throw in a field goal percentage of 53 percent in those three games and you have a high major post player.

Which is why the Blue Devil coaching staff has continued to make Parker a priority in the class of 2012. And, for the first time in a while, the Georgia big man has offered some insight as to how is list of schools is beginning to shape up.

"Ohio State and Duke are coming at me the hardest, and that's probably my top two at the moment," said Parker. "Memphis is coming on strong, and I'll probably visit them on Tuesday or Wednesday when I get home. I'm going to narrow it down pretty soon. I know i have some great schools on my list and this whole process has been pretty fun."

That narrowing of his list seems to be in line with Parker's recently declared timetable for making a decision, though he admitted things could "change" depending on how the rest of the summer plays out.

"I don't have something firm yet, but it's probably going to be something around the end of July or maybe around early August."

Until that point comes, however, Parker is going to continue to lead the Stars' efforts in the EYBL, Nike's new nationwide league that has gained traction very quickly.

"[The league] has been a great experience. It's a tough league, and it's a lot of fun. You're really playing for something and to make it to the Peach Jam and to be able to compete for the championship is great for us. Overall it's been as much fun as it's been competitive."

The Stars have amassed an 11-4 record in the EYBL to date, much of it thanks to Parker. However, he's got a teammate that has appeared both on the Duke recruiting radar and the national scene.

"[Alex] Poythress is a great, great player. He's strong and he finishes strong. It's fun playing with him because he's a really good player and an all around good kid."

Which is why Duke is likely recruiting the 6'8 small forward along with Parker in hopes of turning the AAU teammates into college teammates. So has that conversation come up?

"We've talked about it, but nothing too serious or anything."

As far as Duke's recruiting pitch goes, the mantra remains the same. The Blue Devils have quite a bit of available playing time for a big man who wants to come in, rebound, and factor into the offense. However Duke's lead salesman has changed recently.

"At first I was talked to Coach Nate James all the time, but when Coach Capel came in he was, of course, going to be the lead guy. I had known him at Team USA events and he had recruited me while he was at Oklahoma, so it kind of helped the transition that I had a good relationship with him."

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