July 2, 2008

High major prospect not yet in high school

In basketball recruiting, it is never too early to keep an eye out for the next big talent. And now more than ever, prospects are emerging as underclassmen who are years away from playing at the college of their choice.

There is one player in the state of Georgia who takes that meaning to a whole new level. Class of 2012 player Tony Parker is already a "big" talent, with a down low game that some rising seniors are jealous of.

"I am 6-foot-8 240-pounds right now", said the center from Lithonia, Ga.

A month ago, a rare commitment occurred when an 8th grader committed to Kentucky. Parker has met him and weighed in on his decision.

"Yeah Michael Avery from California, I know him. That is crazy that he did that. I am happy for him, but he may have jumped the gun on that one."

If a major program were to offer him, would Parker take them up on it?

"No, I am not going to rush into it this early," he quickly stated. "I just want to take my time and enjoy my recruitment right now."

This early in the process, the 6-foot-8 post player has emerged as one of the best of his age. He was invited to participate in the Elite Camp in Athens a few weeks ago, and he was impressed with the school in general.

"I like UGA, they have a good program right now. The coaches are cool and I love the facilities."

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