The 6-8 center from Livonia (Georgia) Miller Grove, who is the #20-ranked player in the nation, will sign a National Letter of Intent Monday. Parker will announce his decision at his high school.
At the end of last week, Parker was in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Jordan Brand Classic, and previously, the week before, in Portland, Oregon, for the Nike Hoop Summit. At both events, he spent a great deal of time with UCLA-committed recruits Shabazz Muhammad, the 6-5 wing from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, and Kyle Anderson, the 6-8 point forward from Jersey City (New Jersey) St. Anthony. Of course, the relationship between the three is well-documented, and since Muhammad signed with UCLA last week he and Anderson have been recruiting Parker. It was very advantageous that they spent time together recently at the two events, with Parker actually rooming with Anderson in Charlotte.
Parker is also strongly considering Duke, Kansas and Georgia. While we've heard from sources he's presently leaning to UCLA, he has vacillated before in his recruitment, and there are still five days left before he signs his NLI. Sources are indicating there is some pressure for him to stay close to home and go to Georgia and that the Bulldogs present the biggest challenge to UCLA at this stage.
-- UCLA is involved with the recruitment of Rodney Hood, the 6-7 forward who is leaving Mississippi State.
Hood was named an All-SEC freshman this last season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game, and chose to transfer after long-time coach Rick Stansbury was fired. He reportedly wants to transfer to a school that could help him become a better defensive player, which might lead him to being interested in UCLA and UCLA Coach Ben Howland. Hood would have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.
-- The next two weekends will be the first Evaluation Periods for 2012, with many NCAA-sanctioned events that coaches can attend happening across the country. It's the first Evaluation Periods in April in the last several years, and UCLA coaches will get their first look at 2013, 2014 and 2015 prospects on their AAU teams. So, expect some new developments in UCLA recruiting, and new names to possibly emerge in the next couple of weeks that UCLA could start actively recruiting.