Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tony Parker spent part of Monday visiting with Coach K at Duke and listening to flattering comparisons about what type of player he might become.
“We talked for a long time,” the 6-foot-9, 275-pound Parker said Tuesday by phone.
“He was just telling me how I would fit in, how I would play in their system if I came to Duke. A lot of stuff was fairly true. He showed me tapes of Carlos Boozer and Elton Brand.“
Parker, the No. 7 center in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, visited Duke unofficially along with 2013 small forward Brannen Greene, a fellow Georgian, and 2014 guard Makai Mason of the Hotchkiss (Mass.) School.
Parker said he missed out on playing pickup with the Duke players, but that Greene joined Josh Hairston, Marshall Plumlee, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Andre Dawkins.
“I watched Brannen Greene,” Parker said. “I came too late.”
He added: “It went well. We just saw the campus, saw the city, all the players.”
Parker said he’s currently listing Duke along with Memphis and Ohio State but remains open in his recruitment.
“Right now I’m still open but those schools are recruiting me the hardest,” Parker said.
Parker said he visited Memphis “not too long ago.”
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “I enjoyed myself. It’s a great town, great restaurants.”
As for Ohio State, he hasn’t been there yet but said he will “probably” take an official visit there.
As for when the Big Fella will decide on a school, he said, “Probably late December.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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