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 will tell the world where he will play his college ball shortly after 4 p.m. today.
Parker is officially considering UCLA, Georgia, Ohio State, Duke, Kansas and Memphis, but one coach recruiting him said he believes it will come down to Georgia, UCLA or Ohio State.
“Whichever college gets Tony, they will be getting a player with a good feel for the game and a great basketball IQ, along with an incredible post presence,” Miller Grove High School basketball coach Sharman White told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday night.
The AJC said Parker spent Sunday at the home of his friend Josh Holsey, the Creekside High School senior who has signed a football scholarship with Auburn. The pair played AAU basketball together for five years.
“I don’t really know what he’s going to do,” Holsey told the paper. “It’s a mystery to me, just like everybody else. We just hung out, and we didn’t really talk about [his decision] … he was very relaxed, and didn’t seem too stressed out about anything.”
UCLA had long been considered a favorite in part because of Parker’s relationship with signees Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad.
But sources close to Parker said his father, Virgil, is concerned that Tony might not get significant playing time at UCLA, which returns a number of frontcourt players in the Wear twins and Josh Smith.
That could make Ohio State, which is losing Jared Sullinger to the NBA, or Georgia, which will feature two of Parker’s former Miller Grove teammates, viable options.
The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Parker averaged 16.6 points and 11 rebounds this past season and has led Miller Grove to four straight state championships.
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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