Today is a big day for UCLA sports and I am not talking about football. Tony Parker takes his official visit to UCLA today. Tony Parker is:
With his combination of size and skill level, Parker is one of the elite big men in the 2012 class. He is a space eater in the post who can carve out position on the block. When watching him play you quickly see the skill he possesses;
UCLA has a good shot at Parker. Parker has said he would like to play with Kyle Anderson (who has been urging him to come on twitter) and more importantly, Parker as a student of the game knows that Howland and the UCLA factor will help him be the best basketball player he can be.
UCLA also has an inside advantage:
Parker has been tight-lipped about the recruiting process. He visited Ohio State a few weeks ago, and will go to UCLA this weekend. UCLA has some inside position because Parker's longtime AAU coach, Korey McCray, was recently hired as an assistant for the Bruins.
Of course, Parker is one of the hottest recruited players in the country. Why is Parker so desired, let's let his high school coach tell it when he described why Coach K and Duke are going all out for Parker:
"They think Tony can come to Duke and make something happen right away.. . ."They like his rebounding and that he can run the floor very well for his size," White said. "And they think he has a really nice shooting touch."
In addition to his individual ability he has led a three time state champion team:
Super 60 center Tony Parker finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds as Miller Grove won their third consecutive state championship on Friday night with a 67-59 decision over Rockdale County
UCLA class is already #2 recruiting class in the country. Parker would put the class a number one.
Some details of his UCLA recruitment in this interview.
Some highlights here.
I love the way he uses his right and left hands here, he really does have a nice touch close to the basket.
Come on Tony, follow recent big Josh Smith and others like Ryan Hollins and Kevin Love in coming to UCLA.