I notice on Scout that Duke had interest in Andre and was listed just behind Connecticut in the running. Has that changed, and is Tony Parker now the prime target for big men?
Tony is also supposedly a really good student, so that's always nice to hear and has to be an advantage for Duke (although I thought the same thing about Brandon Knight back in the day, so who really knows). On the somewhat negative side (for us), he's known to be incredible close to his family, so many believe he'd ideally like to stay in state to be close to them (and so that they can watch all his games, etc.) Duke is definitely in the mix, though. Everybody is on even ground right now according to Tony and he has no favorites. I'd definitely like to get him on board!
Plus, if he plays at Duke they will get to see every game of the season on TV, as opposed to being at Tech or UGA where at least half the games are not on the tube.
I cannot imagine why anyone would want to go play for Tech these days. Hewitt is sleepwalking through that job, not getting it done on the recruiting trail (2009 was great, but 2010 and -so far- 2011 appear to be poor) and not winning games on the court. At some point Tech is going to bite the bullet and swallow his absurd buyout.
Actually, the really smart thing to do would be to drug Hewitt and then take pictures of him in bed with a dead woman or a live man. That would certainly be cheaper than buying out his crazy contract.
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In this Insider article from 12/30, Parker was asked who has done the best job and demonstrated a commitment to him thus far in the recruiting process. He said Duke, Georgetown, Georgia and Florida stand out in that regard.
Tony Parker interview. Talks about Coach K's visit:
Very well-spoken guy. Would love to have him at DUKE!
Nice video, anyone else catch the H&H thrown in their by Mr. Parker? That Irving guy is in with the kids these days...
I'm not sure about "much better prospect than Adams" though - that seems to be the general consensus among our camp, but I think they're comparable prospects. IMHO, Adams is going to be a real stud, and he thoroughly beasted our own Marshall Plumlee while drawing rave reviews from Christ School's coach several weeks ago. I suppose that's not really here nor there, I'm just still a little stung that we lost him.
I really really hope we get this guy.He would be a great addition to the team.
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From Dave Telep's just completed chat:
Q: Dave,Can you handicap the Tony Parker recruitment at this stage. Kids from Georgia often stay home, but Parker has some pretty big opportunities at power programs. Your thoughts? Thanks.
A: Tony Parker's recruitment? Well, the young man likes Duke. I know that. Georgia is locking in on him. Georgetown and Florida are strong contenders. Duke hasn't had a guy like him, just a beast in the blocks since Carlos Boozer. I'm sure they want another one.
2012 has to be the year we get a bonafied low block player. Miles will be gone, Mason may be gone, and the way Ryan is playing, heck, he may be gone too. Tony Parker would be just what the doctor ordered. There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to snag him. What's not to like about that situation he would be walking into?
Im liking this a lot!
Why is there not enough chatter about Tony Parker...I'm worried...I like Shabazz, super cool name, no doubt, great dunker, big time athlete, all the attributes to make him great, but he's not what Duke needs...Tony Parker is...having a dominate inside presence that Tony Parker can be, to go along with a maturing back court, multiple wing options and some returning interior players could make Duke truly scary come 2012-13...or maybe I just need to stop crystal ballin and appreciate the moment...I will try...but I'm still worried about Tony Parker... I'd be happy with Andre Drummond also, I'm not picky, ha, ha.