Written on August 11, 2011 by Brooks Hansen
Today is the perfect day to pull out the old colloquialism “BMOC” – big man on campus. Memphis hosted one of the top 2012 center prospects in the country on Thursday.
According to a source, Tony Parker — a 6-foot-9 270-pound center from Lithonia, GA (Miller Grove HS) — is currently on campus at the University of Memphis to sit down with the Memphis staff, making this his third unofficial trip to Memphis. The first trip for Parker came last year when the talented big-man visited on December 23rd for the Tigers’ game against Georgetown at the FedEx Forum.
“It was a great environment,” Parker said of his visit last December. “The city was great. The gym is huge and the fans are so supportive of their home team.”
Parker also visited Memphis earlier this summer for a University of Memphis “Power Hour” where players pay a NCAA mandatory $15 for a one-hour instructional session of workouts and drills.
Other than Memphis, Parker has also visited Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Parker averaged 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for his Georgia Stars team at the 2011 Nike EYBL Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC.
Parker, a true 5 man on the court, has a soft touch around the basket and can hurt you with an arsenal of low-post moves. He is almost unstoppable once he has position on his defender, and rebounding comes easy for him because of his size and his ability to move those around him out of his way.
At the NBPA Top 100 camp in June, Parker told Memphis Roar, “I’m just looking for an all-around great school, somewhere where I can have fun and really work on my game.”
Adding to that, Parker spoke specifically on his feelings about Memphis and head coach Josh Pastner.
“It’s just a great school,” Parker said. “[Josh] Pastner is great and it is one of my top schools; one of my schools that if I could commit tomorrow I probably would.”
Parker recently mentioned a possible UCLA visit and that Georgetown and Kansas were trying to get involved in his recruitment.
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Check out our highlights and interview with Tony Parker from Peach Jam: