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Player Diary: Kansas visit on tap for Parker

February, 24, 2012
2/24/12
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Tony Parker | Senior | Center | Miller Grove

Parker Blog No. 1 | Parker Blog No. 2

Tony Parker, a senior at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), is the No. 21 player in the Class of 2012 and one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation, with UConn, Duke, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgetown, Memphis, Kentucky and Kansas all in the running for his services. He has agreed to chronicle the remainder of his final season and recruiting experiences leading up to his decision through a blog with ESPNHS.

Wassup.

Since my last blog, I have won another region championship -- the third I've won out of the four years in my career under head coach Sharman White. The game was extremely tough. Both teams really came to play. Southwest DeKalb played really hard and they have two big-time players in Auburn signee Jordan Price and Memphis signee Shaq Goodwin.

This time, with it being the region championship and SWD having lost the last two times we played, they came in with a huge chip on their shoulders and played like it. We came out with a chip also because SWD beat us the year before in the region championship. So both teams had a huge chip and felt like we had something to prove, and to me, both teams proved that SWD and MG are two of the best teams in Class 4A. And when we come to play, we are very hard to beat. SWD came out strong, but in the end we came out and finished strong so we were able to escape with a close win.

My Kansas visit

Kansas is a great school and they have produced very good post players. Right now they have a dominant big in Thomas Robinson, and a commitment from Brannen Greene, who is also from Georgia. Brannen and I are cool and he makes Kansas sound great. The Kansas game this weekend is where I might use my last official visit simply because that game will have one of the best -- if not the best -- atmospheres in college basketball. With Missouri being highly ranked and coming off a loss and Kansas still trying to prove themselves as a dominant team, I think it would be a showdown between two hungry teams.

On Hearing Negative Things About UCLA...

It really doesn’t affect my decision to go to UCLA. Everyone has a bad experience with every school on their list and how they don’t like the coach and what he does and does not do. ... You have to filter out the reasonable stories and the outrageous ones. It really won't faze me because I've been to UCLA and I know what it's about. It's like when everyone says Coach K is "stuck up," but I've met him and know him. I know what is true and what is not. That talk doesn't matter to me.

Thanks again, ESPN and ESPNHS

Oh, and congrats to coach White (who had a baby) on his new addition.

Make sure to follow Tony on Twitter: @Tonyparker32.

Player Diary: Tony Parker, All-American

February, 9, 2012
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Parker MG 1Ryan Gibson/ESPNHSMiller Grove center Tony Parker is the No. 21 player in the ESPNU 100.
Tony Parker | Senior | Center | Miller Grove

Parker Blog No. 1

Tony Parker, a senior at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), is the No. 21 player in the Class of 2012 and one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation, with UConn, Duke, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgetown, Memphis, Kentucky and Kansas all in the running for his services. He has agreed to chronicle the remainder of his final season and recruiting experiences leading up to his decision through a diary with ESPNHS.

Wassup!

I’m coming off a great week of basketball!!! I made the Jordan Brand Classic roster for the East team. This is a great accomplishment for me and my family, and it really shows what hard work and character can do for a basketball player. A lot of great players and NBA stars have played in this great event, so I’m extremely excited to represent my family, school, community and state.

I have also been so blessed to make the leader of all high school All-Star games as I was also selected as a McDonald's All-American. It’s a big honor. I’m blessed for this accomplishment and my parents, family, coaches and teammates are very proud of me for making such a prestigious event.

Last Friday, we played against Southwest DeKalb. This game is probably the biggest game in Georgia. We have played twice (this year) and it has sold out both times. The rivalry is big time! It's a great basketball environment and the atmosphere is a great representation of one of the best rivalries in Georgia history.

Everybody wants to see the matchup with me and Shaq (Goodwin), which has been compared to the Dwight Howard-Randolph Morris matchups (in the early 2000s). Plus, our schools absolutely have no love-lost between each other, so it was trending on Twitter the night before!

There was so much hype around the game. It’s crazy and we all love the atmosphere and the support from the community. We won the first matchup by six in a very hard-fought game that went down to the wire. This game didn’t go into overtime like the last one because we finished this one in regulation (59-53).

My teammates really came out strong and played a really good game. Christian Houston, Justin Colvin, Tony Evans, and Brandon Morris really came to play and it showed. We look forward to possibly seeing Southwest again in the region tournament They beat us in the championship last year, so we have to come ready to play.

Southwest has a really good team and a short memory because they forget every loss and come out like they have won every game. We really have to match their intensity (if we meet again).

Thanks again, ESPN and ESPNHS

Make sure to follow Tony on Twitter: @Tonyparker32.

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