Parker Updates on His Recruitment

Five-star big man Tony Parker says a new school has entered the fray. Still Parker maintains things are moving slowly in his recruitment...

One of the more competitive and interesting recruitments in the 2012 class centers around Tony Parker. The Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove standout is having a strong senior season on the floor, and now things are getting a little more interesting with his recruitment off of the floor.

Miller Grove Head Coach Sharman White obviously isn't afraid of competition. Playing in quality events like the Cancer Research Classic against Chicago (IL) Simeon, Parker and his teammates have suffered some losses, but they are growing from them.

"It hasn't been that bad," said Parker of the grueling schedule. "All the games we lost have been close, so it hasn't been bad. As a team we just have to keep going and start off games better."

Parker himself is off to a strong start to the year, though he feels he can still pick it up and do more to help his team win.

"I've been playing okay, but I have to be more consistent and get my teammates involved," said Parker. "The more I get my teammates involved the better we are as a team."

When it comes to his recruitment, three schools, Ohio State, Duke, and UCLA have remained steadily mentioned in a positive light by Parker.

Other programs such as Kansas, Georgetown, Georgia, and Memphis are sometimes in the mix and sometimes left out. Now a new school, the Kentucky Wildcats, has entered the picture.

"They just basically introduced their program to me and how they play the game," said Parker of UK. "They are talking about getting me up for a visit to campus, but we haven't talked too much really. I am just trying to play it by ear at this point."

Kentucky hasn't yet offered him a scholarship, though the rest of the schools under consideration have.

One school making a strong move with Parker is UCLA. The Bruins coaches have some help in recruiting Parker from two of their current signees.

"UCLA is a great school and LA is a great city," said Parker of the Bruins. "Jordan Adams I have known him forever and he has been recruiting me like crazy. I have known Kyle Anderson since eighth grade, and he has been recruiting me as well. UCLA never leaves my mind since those guys are on talking to me all day every day."

He continued, "Those are two great guys that they have signed, and two guys that hopefully if I make the all-star games I will be with again in the future. UCLA is definitely making a push."

Another program long been linked with Parker is Ohio State. Parker visited the Buckeyes officially and really liked what he saw, and sees himself fitting in well in Columbus.

"Ohio State is just a great all-around atmosphere," Parker said of the Buckeyes. "They don't let anything get to them and they have been playing great. Jared Sullinger is a great big and they have developed him. They have a great strength coach obviously, and Chris Jent is one of the best trainers in the game so Ohio State has a lot going for them."

Also the Duke Blue Devils remain under heavy consideration, and Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is the biggest reason why.

"Duke, all you have to do is mention Coach K," said Parker. "Coach K is one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball and probably will finish as the greatest coach ever. They have a great program and they are making a big push. They have been playing well, and I know they are hoping to get more from the interior, but they as a team have been playing great."

Even with all the attention from media, fans, and coaches, Parker says that currently it isn't too stressful on him to pick a school. In fact, he considers it just business as usual.

"It's been regular, you just get used to it," Parker explained. "Coaches started calling early on, so you just keep playing and keep focusing so I just do the same thing I always have been doing, it isn't bad."

For now the No. 19 player in the country seems in no hurry to make his college decision known, and seemingly a school or two can be added before others are completely eliminated.


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