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Miller Grove (Ga.) center Tony Parker commits to UCLA

Apr 23, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT


Tony Parker laid out the hats of four possible college destinations on a table in front of him at a press conference Monday afternoon at Miller Grove High School (Ga.).

After a lengthy ceremony, Parker announced that he would head to Westwood and play for Ben Howland at UCLA.

The 6-9, 270-pound native of Lithonia, Ga., chose the Bruins over Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, Georgia, and Memphis.

This past season, Parker averaged 16.8 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game for a Miller Grove (Ga.) team that finished 24-9.

Parker joins a UCLA team that has already scored signatures from Top 5 players Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony (N.J.) and Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Nev.). Jordan Adams of Oak Hill (Va.) is also signed to the class.

The addition of the big man Parker solidifies a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, up at the top with Kentucky and Arizona.

Korey McCray, who coached Parker in AAU, is on staff at UCLA as an assistant.

The Bruins are coming off a 19-14 season, including 11-7 in the Pac-12. They finished sixth in the conference.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. florida727 - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    “The addition of the big man Parker solidifies a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, up at the top with Kentucky and Arizona.”


    Should have placed the period in that sentence right after the word “top”, and delete the words “with Kentucky and Arizona”. Hands-down THE best recruiting class. Pencil them in now for a deep run next March.

    Talk about an ironic twist though: Korey McCray is an assistant on the UCLA staff, huh? What a coincidence…

  2. imforbigblue - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Your full of crap if you think this class is better than UKs. Do something before your run your mouth about your crappy team. Ucla dug deep in there pockets for this class huh

    • astrozac - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      ^ Seriously, are you ten years old? If you’re going to disagree with somebody, please come up with some valid counterpoints. And please learn what homonyms are too…

      UK’s class is up there, but I think at the moment UCLA’s is better all around, with a trio of athletic mid size guys(two of the top five in the nation) and a “big” man down low, vs two big guys for UK, wit h a two guard and combo forward.

  3. imforbigblue - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    ok fact having a slow 6’8 pg who wont be able to keep up with smaller quick pgs. next your si called great center is what 6’7 6’8 at best and is waaaay over weight and out of shape at 270 lbs. last but nit least you have bazz who is a me first player who will take 20 shots per game and ball hog the hell out of the ball. then you have your coach who has shown time after time he cant win games even with good players or even control them. plus dont forget the ncaa is still looking into bazz getting money in high school to take trips

  4. Corner Office or Bust - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Look how far we’ve come in 3 months – from “Howland and Guerrero must go” to best recruiting class in the nation. Very interested to see how Howland deals with THIS many highly touted recruits at the same time (has he ever had to deal with talent like this before? Those Final Four teams weren’t made of the same blue chip mettle). We wrote a little more here – – even before we knew Parker was coming. Good times coming this fall in Westwood.

  5. imforbigblue - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    I’ll lay money down you don’t even win the PAC 10 let alone make a deep run

  6. jthammerstix - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    ^yeeehaw redneck. Bbn is a group of toothless losers

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