In that article, a day with Tony Parker, he couldnt forget how far UCLA was from home. TP said something to the fact that his family wouldnt get to visit as much. He seems like a guy who appreciates his family and time spent with them and going to Cali will keep them apart. The distance is definately on his mind.
He couldnt get over the fact that Ohio st was so cold. The weather is something he mentioned and it could be the deciding factor on not going to the Buckeye state. I lived in Ohio for 2 years and the weather is something that you have to adjust to.
So the most practical choice left on his list is Duke. Its the best school in the world and it has a hoops program ran by the best leader ever at any sport. His parents are pushing Duke and we need him as his dad states in the article. And the only reason he dont like Duke is Wojo coaching him and Chris Burgess developement??? I think his parents will debunk that myth enough that on April 10th or 11th, wich ever day he signs, TP will be a Blue Devil.
After reading all the quotes from him and his parents, I would be shocked if he dont pick Duke.
Frankly, I don't know that I want a kid who'd rather be somewhere else. It just sets up problems if things don't go perfectly. So hopefully, if he chooses Duke, it's because he really wants to be here and not because his parents talked him into it.
Not to say he might not come to regret following his own instincts--most of us can remember at least one time when we grudgingly admit (even if only to ourselves) that we should have followed our parents' advice. But then he will own the choice and may be more likely to try harder to make it work.
I will be delighted if he wants to come to Duke, but if he doesn't want to, he shouldn't, and good luck to him wherever he goes.
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Rasheed Sulaimon told me that he and Shabazz have talked about playing together in college and even discussed what positions they would play.
There are a lot of factors that go into a kid's decision-making process. Where his friends are going hasn't been shown to be a big factor in the past.
As airowe points out, it may not mean anything.
The scenario Parker has to consider is this: does he want to go west to play with Anderson and Bazz for a year? (And "play with" might be a stretch, as he could serve as Josh Smith's backup all year.) Then, Bazz and Anderson go league. Then what for him? If he goes to UCLA, there better be other factors he likes about them. Don't want to be that lonely kid stranded far from home a year from now.
Both of those statements may or may not be true of every single indication (or counter-indication) given by any recruit (or friend, relative, reporter, etc.) at any point in the recruiting process (both pre- and post-commitment). Only an LOI carries any actual weight, and even then there is no guarantee.
That's why, in my opinion, it is completely pointless to follow recruiting news except to find out which guys our school is targeting. I mostly just wait and see who decides to show up on campus in the fall.
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I know there was a report that he narrowed his list, but I think he is going to Kansas or Ohio State. He would probably start on either because they don't have much coming in that I can tell.
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This also ignores the fact that Danny Manning has left KU to coach at Tulsa. All of the big man recruits in KU's hopper have said that Manning was the biggest reason they were interested (that includes Parker, but also Julius Randle and Chris Walker).
KU's chances with Parker are hovering slightly over 0%, imo.
I think UCLA is the biggest threat to get Parker. I'd put the odds at well over 50% on them, and close to 100% if they get Muhammad.
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Do you think that Tony Parker will propel Duke into being a team capable of winning a National Championship or even a Final 4 appearance. I have never seen him play but from what I read, and I could be wrong, he is not going to be an impact player in year 1. Andre Drummond who was higher rated did not at UConn.
Oriakhi, probably could be altho it looks like he will not come to Duke.
Am I the only one that thinks some of these kids (the elite talent) way "overthink" the school choice process? I mean for someone like Shabazz, you are going to spend what, maybe 8 months at the place then bolt for the NBA.... how perfect does a school need to be for that???
I think I would consider the coach and if I think that I could have fun playing for him and that would be it.... maybe school colors would factor in... for example, I could never go to VT....
For the marginal talent (3-4 star) then maybe it is a little more to think about... maybe you do need to look at the program's track record for developing players in your position... along with, "can I get along with this coach, and do I look good in the school colors"?....
So for the elite guys... come on pick one so we can get on with our lives..... I mean it's not like you will be there next year this time...