Tony Parker: Why Georgia Bulldogs Would Be Best Fit for Coveted Big Man

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Tony Parker #32 of the East team moves along the baseline past Brandon Ashley #10 of the West team during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Yes, there is a new Tony Parker in the basketball world, and no, we don't know where the 6'9", 280-pound big man intends to play next year. He's kept it shrouded in mystery, really.

Seriously, if you thought LeBron James' "The Decision" was annoying, you clearly haven't experienced the circus that is college basketball and football recruiting.

But Parker should keep it simple, stay close to home and head to the Georgia Bulldogs.

That may not convince you (especially if you are a Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis, Georgetown or Ohio State fan, the other schools he's considering), but perhaps Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution can.

Tony feels extra comfortable at UGA because two of his high school teammates will be playing for the Bulldogs next year – they were ultra-successful at Miller Grove, so why not in college? Parker likes Mark Fox’s track record of putting guys in the NBA and pointed out to us that Fox was ranked No. 1 in player development by Tony loves Fox’s triangle offense and how it uses big men.

UGA is close to home, allowing his legion of Miller Grove fans to attend his games. Tony would be  “just another great player” at the other schools, while he could be the face of the program for decades, like Dominique Wilkins. Perhaps, most importantly, his mother favors UGA.

Sounds good to me. Of course, the appeal of attending some of the bigger names on his list of potential schools may be too much for him to resist. And though he may think he can lead Georgia to a national title, the stark reality remains that he'd probably have a better chance to do so elsewhere.

We probably won't know where he's going tonight—it's unlikely he'll be announcing that decision just yet. Maybe he's holding out for Jim Gray, who knows?

But if he's willing to take a chance on the Bulldogs, if he's willing to make the unorthodox move, Georgia feels like the best fit.

I know they certainly agree down in Athens.


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