Tony Parker is going to be a Bruin

The AJC’s Michael Carvell reported less than an hour ago that Miller Grove’s Tony Parker announced this afternoon that he will be attending UCLA next season, a decision that bumped the Bruins ahead of Kentucky for the nation’s #1 recruiting class of 2012 (according to ESPN).

Throughout Parker’s recruiting process, the media hinted that he might consider playing his college ball in Athens because of its proximity to home (his mom) and the fact that two of his Miller Grove teammates would also be donning the red and black (Donte Williams and Brandon Morris) along with him.

Apparently the sentimental perks that came along with signing with Georgia did not outweigh the allure of California’s sunny weather and beaches and, oh yeah, becoming part of the best recruiting class in the country.

Parker joins Shabazz Muhammad (5-star), Kyle Anderson (5-star) and Jordan Abrams (4-star) in what will surely be a prestigious Bruin squad.

The only other player that the Bulldogs are considering at the moment (of which there isn’t much left) is a 6’8″, 240 pound kid out of Wagener, South Carolina named Rakeem Hicks.  He’s virtually unknown on most recruiting boards – no stars, grade or school list on ESPN – so he must be somewhat raw (or a diamond in the rough if you are an optimist?).

Other than a potential last-minute Hicks signing, it looks like the Dawgs’ frontcourt next year will a lot like this year’s, featuring Williams, Thornton, Neme, Florveous, John Cannon and Tim Dixon.