Last evening, Miller Grove big man Tony Parker was supposed to “shock the world” (his words) at the 2012 McDonald’s All-American game with his decision as to where he will be playing college ball next season. His options – UCLA, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgetown and Georgia – could not be any more prestigious (this kid cut #1 Kentucky from his list last month).
Five of those seven aforementioned teams participated in this year’s NCAA Tournament, and two of them – Ohio State and Kansas – will square off in the Final Four this weekend. Parker will surely be watching that game with candid interest, and one has to feel as though both the Jayhawks and Buckeyes hold a slight recruiting advantage over the other schools at this point.
Last weekend, ESPN released a wonderful story in which they sat in on a family conference with the Parker’s – if you have time, check it out. The article gives the reader an inside look into some of the young man’s opinions regarding his college choices.
A concern that Parker airs about Georgia is “the lack of fanfare at home games and the fact that it may be too close to home.”
Georgia has always been a football school first, and major college recruits recognize this fact. Coach Mark Fox will have to find a way to make basketball at UGA more attractive if he hopes to lure the premier bigs from within the state.
If Parker still truly intends to “shock the world”, then the only way he could possibly accomplish that feat would be by selecting Georgia over all those other storied programs.
However, at this point, I’m just not that confident that he will be playing in Athens next year.