UCLA, of course, already has three commitments, from Jordan Adams, the 6-4 shooting guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, the #73-ranked player in the nation; Dominic Artis, the 5-11 point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep, who is #63, and then last week from Kyle Anderson, the 6-7 point forward from Jersey City (New Jersey) St. Anthony's, the nation's #4-ranked prospect.
Those three commitments already have UCLA among the handful of the best recruiting classes nationally.
It's also been much publicized that the Bruins are the leader for the #1 player in the nation, Shabazz Muhammad, the 6-5 small forward from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.
UCLA intends to sign a five-man class, with a player at every position, so the ideal class would be finished off with Parker and Muhammad. Muhammad, as we've reported, doesn't expect to announce a decision until spring, but it's very well known that he's close friends with Anderson and Parker.
Parker, in a recent video interview, said the two players he wanted to play with in college were Muhammad and Anderson.
At about 6-8 and 255 pounds, Parker is one of the beastly-type of centers, who combines strength, width, athleticism and a fairly good skill set around the basket.
The schools involved with Parker besides UCLA are Ohio State, Memphis and Duke. Parker has already visited Ohio State officially, and reportedly it was a good visit. Parker has been to Memphis numerous times, not officially however, and recently there are reports that Parker has dropped Memphis. The big center then has plans to visit Duke on October 29th, but he has said only if his "recruitment goes that far." From what we're hearing, Duke is trailing UCLA and Ohio State and Parker would only take that visit if he hadn't committed to the Buckeyes or Bruins and still wasn't sure.
The most recent inside word we had heard was that UCLA was leading for Parker, but that there was some concern on the distance from home. So, obviously, the official visit this weekend will be a huge deciding factor. Parker, too, has never been to UCLA's campus, so it gives the Bruins a chance to make a strong impression.
UCLA assistant Korey McCray, too, is a former coach of the AAU team, the Atlanta Celtics, and has known and trained Parker.
Kyle Anderson twittered yesterday: "BRUIN FANS OUT THERE WE NEED TO GET @tonyparker32 TO COMMIT BY THIS WEEKEND!!"