High-SchoolBoys-Basketball: Ohio State

video Wayne Selden recently reclassified from the Class of 2014 to the Class of 2013, but that doesn’t mean the Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) shooting guard is in a hurry.

A week after starting the process of joining the senior class of 2013, Selden’s college recruitment is still wide open.

“I’m still weighing my options,” Selden said. “Nothing is close to definite yet.”

An athletic 6-foot-5 slasher, Selden is ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, and he has no shortage of early suitors.

He lists Florida, UCLA, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio State among the schools that have been recruiting him hardest so far, but he’s not close to trimming them to a final list.

“I’m going to form a list by the end of the summer,” he said. “Those schools are recruiting me hard, but I want to look at everything.”

Selden says he’s putting an emphasis on the programs and coaches that would best foster his game.

“Whether it’s a run-and-gun or a slower pace, I want to be able to develop in the system,” Selden said.

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Jahlil Okafor is in the middle of the busiest summer of his life. In addition to criss-crossing the country while playing for one of the nation's elite AAU teams, he's currently in Colorado trying out for the USA Basketball U17 National Team.

With such a stuffed schedule, it's understandable that Okafor is putting his college plans on the back burner for now.

"I'm just listening to everyone," said Okafor. "There's a lot of other things going on right now, so I'm taking my time. I haven't cut down my list yet."

The Class of 2014 center is in high demand. Ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 60, Okafor has the size, the hands and the footwork to be a dominant big man, and his gift for scoring in the post is rare for a player his age. He'll find out on Tuesday whether he makes the final cut for the U17 team, but you have to like his chances.

Last year, the 6-foot-9 Okafor played for the U16 team and averaged 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during the 2011 FIBA Americas Championships, shooting an incredible 71 percent from the field to help Team USA win gold.

The leading scorer on that U16 squad was fellow Chicago native Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013 and the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year. Okafor and Parker both play for the same AAU team, and they'll both likely make the final cut for the U17 team.

Okafor says he talks recruiting with Parker, who can relate to being a top uncommitted prospect. Parker has said he will decide on a college before the start of his senior season.

"Jabari gives me advice," said Okafor. "He tells me what to expect, just the things that he's going through now and how it's going to be for me."

Okafor is still in the early stages of his decision process, but there are a few things he's looking for as he zeroes in on prospective colleges.

"I definitely want to play for a school that throws the ball in the post," he said. "I like playing in the post, so a system that plays to my strengths is important. My decision will also involve the players around me. I want good players around me, because it's all about winning."

Okafor already has offers from schools like Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Arizona and UConn.

Summer Schooled: All-Ohio Red

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Tony FarmerJohn F. Rhodes for ESPN.comTony Farmer stock is high thanks in part to his play with All-Ohio Red.
Each week this summer leading up to the AAU National Championships in Orlando in July, ESPNHS will profile one of the nation's top AAU teams and tell you why you should be paying attention.

Team: All-Ohio Red
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Coach: Quentin Rogers

What you need to know about All-Ohio Red:

Not a summer goes by without All-Ohio Red being discussed as a national title contender. The storied program has captured victories at seven national tourneys since 1989, with the most recent conquest coming in 2011.

This year’s squad has compiled a 16-4 record at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, but the coaching staff and players agree the team hasn’t even played its best ball yet.

“When we have our whole team we are really good,” says junior Nigel Hayes, who has watched several of his teammates miss time due to various injuries. “It’s been real frustrating because our goal was to not lose a game.”

With the team nearing a return to full strength, All-Ohio is looking to unleash its frustrations on its foes at next month’s Peach Jam after clinching a berth in the prestigious tourney following a 5-1 mark at the Oakland EYBL session.

Bolstered by the play of frontcourt star alums like Samaki Walker and Jared Sullinger, All-Ohio Red has established itself as a premier program, and the current incarnation appears to be following the same script. The team is headlined by ESPN 100 forwards Marc Loving and Tony Farmer, both of whom have missed multiple games battling ankle injuries. Hayes, Jaaron Simmons, Keon Johnson and Jordan Lauf have stepped up in their absence proving the team is deep enough to add to the program’s lore.

“They’re the best EYBL team we have had by far,” says Rogers. “I expect them to take it to the next level at Peach Jam.”

Key Players:

Marc Loving
John F. Rhodes for ESPN.comOhio State commit Marc Loving is an excellent perimeter scorer and is rated the No. 38 player in the ESPN 100.
Marc Loving: Rated the No. 38 player in the ESPN 100, Loving is a lethal perimeter threat and a menace on the glass. The Ohio State commit affects the game on both ends of the floor with his 6-foot-8 frame and averaged 22.9 points and 9.0 boards during the winter at Toledo St. John’s.

Tony Farmer: This physical 6-foot-6 forward was an All-State second team selection and has emerged on the national scene thanks in large part to his play with All-Ohio. He is a superb perimeter defender and has a progressing offensive game revolving around a tight mid-range jumper. He encountered legal trouble in the spring, stemming from a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, but Rogers expects him to be available for Peach Jam in July.

Nigel Hayes: Rogers says this 6-foot-7 forward is one of the most underrated players in the nation, and Hayes is beginning to attract more suitors due to his versatility and scoring ability. He tallied 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds a contest for Division I state runner-up Toledo Whitmer.

Jordan Lauf: Flypaper defender helped limit the nation’s No. 1 rising senior, Jabari Parker, to 10 points on 5-of-16 shooting in a one-point victory over Mac Irvin Fire in late May. His defense will be instrumental to the team’s success at Peach Jam.

Key Dates:

Nike Peach Jam: July 18-22 in Augusta, S.C.
King James Summer Showcase: (TBD) in Chicago
AAU Super Showcase: July 24-30 in Orlando, Fla.

Player Breakdown:

The team’s improving health should be a big boost to its championship hopes and Hayes thinks Lauf's D could further bolster All-Ohio Red’s national title bid.

“He’s one of the best defenders in the country,” Hayes says. “He went mano a mano against Jabari and held his own. We know he’ll keep players out of their hot spots and keep them from killing us. (With him) we have weapons and I think it’s going to be hard to guard us.”

Famous Alums:

Jared Sullinger (Potential 2012 lottery pick)
Aaron Craft (OSU guard)
Michael Redd (Phoenix Suns guard, former NBA All-Star)

Player Diary: Kansas visit on tap for Parker

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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

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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.

Player Diary: Meet the other Tony Parker

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Parker MG 1Ryan Gibson/ESPNHSMiller Grove center Tony Parker is the No. 21 player in the ESPNU 100.
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 Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9 senior center at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.). I play for the Sharman White, a great high school coach who has really pushed me to be a great basketball player. I love the game of basketball. It has given me a ton of recognition and attention to my community and school. This sport has made me grow as an athlete and as a man. It has allowed me to travel all over the world, and I’ve won two gold medals (Argentina and Germany) while playing for my country. The gold medals were and still are the best achievements in my career.

I have a great support system in my dad, Virgil, my mom, Hazel, and my sisters Jasmine and Kelsey Parker. I also have a great girlfriend in Destinie Gibbs, who attends McEachern [the No. 3 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS girls' basketball rankings]. She is currently committed to Ole Miss and, yes, she is a good basketball player who has never beat me in shooting (although she claims she hasn’t lost, ha ha).

OK, time for what you all have been waiting for: My recruitment.

So far it's going great! My schools are pretty consistent, and I have great coaches and staffs recruiting me in Ohio State, Duke, UCLA, Georgetown, Memphis, Kentucky, UConn and Kansas. Those are all great programs with a lot of championships and NBA players to boast. These schools have all seen me play numerous times. Recently, Coach K was at our game vs. St. Anthony. I played absolutely horrible without question. St. Anthony's coach Bob Hurley did a great job of making sure there was more than one player (sometimes more than two) around me to keep me at bay. It really worked! But I watched film and learned from my mistakes, so in the near future I won’t have to worry about that problem because I’ve seen it before. Duke and Ohio State coaches make it a point to come see me during the season and I do appreciate them coming. It doesn’t faze me much because I know I still I have to play hard regardless.

My coaches said Big John (former Georgetown coach John Thompson Sr.) was at my game last Saturday versus Dunwoody. Having him at one of my games is an absolute honor because he is a great coach and man. He has done a lot for basketball, and my family really appreciated him coming because they grew up watching Georgetown in their neighborhood. If you were a good basketball player, Georgetown was the place to be.

UCLA is a great place and L.A. is a great city! They have two recruits in Jordan Adams (Oak Hill Academy) and Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony), both of whom I've known since seventh grade. We all have good chemistry and are close friends, so they do try to recruit me. I know I would have two close friends there if I were to choose UCLA.

Kentucky is a great basketball state and they are crazy about the Wildcats in Lexington. I'm also very close with UK commit Alex Porythress, who was my AAU teammate this past summer on great Georgia Stars. He also tries to recruit me to Kentucky of course and I have played with him a lot, so our chemistry is unbelievable which gives them a good shot.

Memphis is close to home and they have signed Shaq Goodwin, a close friend who has been playing with and against me for years. We know each other like the back of our hands. Memphis, the city is absolutely crazy about the Tigers, which is also a plus.

In my spare time I love NBA 2K12. I am an absolute beast with the new Clippers. I enjoy playing point guard with Chris Paul because I’m a point at heart. I am very close with my young bro "little" Julius Randle. He is a great kid and was my roommate at the Nike Global Challenge. I have had a lot of success in high school (three consecutive state championships and currently working on No. 4) simply because I feel like success is in hard work and without hard work you will never be successful. God has blessed me with knowing the difference between working hard and hardly working. Thank you ESPNHS. Until next time!

Make sure to follow Tony on Twitter: @Tonyparker32.

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