Tony Parker laid out the hats of four possible college destinations on a table in front of him at a press conference Monday afternoon at Miller Grove High School (Ga.).
After a lengthy ceremony, Parker announced that he would head to Westwood and play for Ben Howland at UCLA.
The 6-9, 270-pound native of Lithonia, Ga., chose the Bruins over Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, Georgia, and Memphis.
This past season, Parker averaged 16.8 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game for a Miller Grove (Ga.) team that finished 24-9.
Parker joins a UCLA team that has already scored signatures from Top 5 players Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony (N.J.) and Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Nev.). Jordan Adams of Oak Hill (Va.) is also signed to the class.
The addition of the big man Parker solidifies a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, up at the top with Kentucky and Arizona.
Korey McCray, who coached Parker in AAU, is on staff at UCLA as an assistant.
The Bruins are coming off a 19-14 season, including 11-7 in the Pac-12. They finished sixth in the conference.
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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.
Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.
Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.
South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.
They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.