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Tony Parker: Ranking Stellar Power Forward's Best College Basketball Options

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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2012

Tony Parker is one of the best college basketball recruits in the country. Of the seven schools he's interested in, some of them have a much bigger need for the 6'9", 270-pound center. 

According to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution , Parker's list of schools include Georgia, Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis and Georgetown. 

The Buckeyes are likely out of the picture, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Meanwhile, Parker's high school coach Sharman White told Carvell that he doesn't believe Parker will sign with a team on Wednesday, which is the first day of the NCAA's late signing period. 

However, Parker is bound to make his decision in the near future. What's more, there's no question he's going to make a major impact for whichever team he picks.

With that said, here are the three teams that need Parker the most.  


No. 3: UCLA 

The Bruins used to dominate college basketball, but in recent years they seem to have fallen off. Landing Parker would definitely change that, helping to put UCLA back on the national stage. 

UCLA has some good young talent on the team, but adding a physical beast like Parker to the mix would instantly make them a huge threat next year. 

After hiring Parker's former AAU coach, the Bruins have a good shot to land the coveted big man. However, distance may be the biggest problem. Parker is from Miller Grove High School in Georgia. 


No. 2: Kansas 

With Thomas Robinson off to the NBA, the Jayhawks are in dire need of a skilled big man to own the post. 

Parker can definitely be that guy, helping keep Kansas in the hunt for the national title. He would get a ton of minutes in his first year, and it's no secret that the Jayhawks have developed some stellar big men over the years. 

The Jayhawks were late in recruiting Parker. Furthermore, their biggest connection, Danny Manning, has left to be the head coach at Tulsa. For that reason, Kansas may miss out on the prized recruit. 


No. 1: Georgia 

The Bulldogs are rarely able to convince the top talent in the state of Georgia to stay home, but they have an excellent shot at landing Parker. 

This is good news, especially considering Georgia desperately needs Parker's services next year. The Bulldogs weren't terrible last season, but they're still far from being a true contender in college basketball.

Getting a guy like Parker to post up down low would be a huge win for Georgia, but there's no guarantee the Bulldogs keep Parker in state.


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