The recruiting saga that was Tony Parker finally came to a conclusion Monday afternoon as the Miller Grove standout committed to UCLA at a ceremony at the school. Parker picked the Bruins hat over Georgia, Duke and Ohio State hats after countless speakers during the 57-minute ceremony. The 6-foot-9 2012 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year will head to UCLA to play post and be a part of a signing class that includes Ryan Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. Parker was listed at the No. 26 prospect in America according to ESPN.
Coach Sharman White started off the ceremony and introduced each speaker. White stated that Parker had “character to match his talent.” White coached Parker to a 109-16 record in four years, including four straight Class AAAA state titles.
The Miller Grove principal was the next to speak, saying that Parker’s “attitude will take him a long way.”
Many others spoke at the ceremony, including Parker’s parents, minister, former coaches, friends and teammates before the future Bruin made his announcement.
Parker who last month competed as a McDonald’s All-American and in this month’s Jordan Brand Classic, said of his decision “I really think that (UCLA) can succeed with the players coming in with me.” Parker continued, “UCLA is one of the winningest programs, and it is where I always thought I should be.”
Scout.com now has UCLA’s recruiting class as the No. 2 class in the country while ESPN has pushed UCLA's class to No. 1. This Miller Grove senior class also saw Brandon Morris commit to Georgia and Justin Colvin sign with Alabama A&M. Two others potentially could end up playing at the next level.