Biancardi: Best fits for Tony Parker
March, 23, 2012
By Jason Jordan | ESPN.com
Tony Parker is in a unique position.
With all seven schools that he’s considering -- UCLA, Memphis, Georgia, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Georgetown -- he's likely going to step in and start from day one.
"I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) coach Sharman White. “Tony’s skills are rare.”
That fun fact upgrades Parker’s ultimate decision from difficult to downright nerve-racking.
“It’s so hard,” said Parker, a senior forward who is ranked No. 21 in the ESPNU 100. “You go back and forth all the time. I have people that help me process it all. That makes things easier.”
We caught up with ESPN’s national recruiting director Paul Biancardi and had him weigh in on the best fits for Parker.
“They lose Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee is testing the NBA waters so he may not be coming back. Then they’ve got Ryan Kelly, the younger Plumlee, Marshall, and Josh Hairston coming back in the paint. So Duke obviously has a need for Tony’s front court ability. If they do indeed lose Mason then the need becomes much greater. When you’re as good as Tony, your skills fit in everywhere, but there’s obviously an even greater need there. He’d come in with Rasheed Sulaimon, which would be a tremendous two-man class.”
“Kansas has a blockbuster class already coming in and they’ve got size in the class with Landen Lucas, Zach Peters and Perry Ellis, but Tony’s as good as all of them. I don’t think there’s anyone in this class that has the ability to score the ball like Tony. He’s going to play even with those guys coming in. Now Kansas will probably lose Thomas Robinson and they could potentially lose Jeff Withey too. That’s their frontcourt right there. Tony would obviously feel a major void there.”
“They have the Wear twins, but they’re in a position right now where Josh Smith could be looking to leave. If that happens the door opens wider for Tony. Again this is a situation where Tony would step right in and be utilized significantly.”
“This is the equivalent of Kansas losing Thomas Robinson with Ohio State likely losing Jared Sullinger. He came in there and established himself as the man from day one and really carried the Buckeyes on his back. He’ll be leaving a big doughnut there in the post right next to that big “O” at Ohio State and that’s right where Tony can come in and produce. Once again this is a situation where Tony’s skills will allow him to flourish. They don’t have anyone on the roster with his skills next season.”
“Well, he’d get a chance to play with his high school rival Shaq Goodwin, which I’m sure both guys would love. Those two could be a phenomenal 1-2 tandem in the frontcourt. That would be one heck of a tough frontcourt, freshmen or not. I think they would complement each other well.”
Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.