The Kansas Jayhawks hosted not only the Missouri Tigers this weekend, but also a crowd of some of…
Parker discusses Kansas, recruitment
Kansas had a large number of visitors on campus this past weekend and among the biggest was 6-foot-8, 245-pound big man Tony Parker. The highly regarded post prospect and McDonald's All-American selection made the trip to Lawrence (Kans.) in the midst of his high school tournament. According to Parker, the trip was well worth it. In fact, Parker described Phog Allen as the loudest place he's ever been. "I think that game was nuts," Parker told Scout.com. "It was really nuts. I've probably never been to a place that loud in my life. It is extremely loud there. It's beyond anything I've ever seen." "There is no gym in the country that compares to that," he added. "It's that serious. Kansas is different. Those fans are different." Parker also was quick to point out that he was impressed with Kansas' strength and conditioning coach – Andrea Hudy. "Kansas was great," he said. "I really liked coach Hudy. I thought she was amazing. She has 9 national championship ring. She trains the bigs and I think she knows what she's doing." During the trip, Parker also spent some time with Kansas head coach Bill Self. "He was really cool," Parker said. "He was talking about how he needed a big. Thomas Robinson is leaving and he said he needs a big that can score. He talked about what KU can do for me and how good Danny Manning is with their bigs." Parker was on campus with 2013 commit and close friend Brannen Greene. He said Greene has been in his ear for quite some time and that hasn't changed. "He's been texting," Parker said. "He's always going to be in my ear about becoming a KU person. He's die-hard Kansas person. He tries every route and every word that you could possible think of. He's really funny." Kansas' approach and style impressed Parker. He said not many schools give their post players touches like Kansas does. "They get the ball down to the big just about every play," he said. "Thomas Robinson got the ball like five straight times," he added. "They probably throw the ball in the post as much as any school. There's probably only one other school that is close." When asked to elaborate on what the other school was, Parker said Ohio State. At this time, Parker doesn't have any visits set up, but he did say his parents will take in Duke this weekend. "I think my parents will go to Duke Saturday," he said. "They might check that out, but I may chill at home and focus on my last two games of my high school season." Some have suggested that UCLA has made a strong push as of late and Parker said they are strongly in the mix. "You got Kyle [Anderson] and Jordan [Adams] recruiting me," Parker said. "I've been knowing them for a long time, since like 7th grade." "They've been recruiting me really hard and with coach Korie [McCray] being down there, it's a big plus for them. " Now Parker is ready to work on finalizing a college choice. He said the next step is to sit down with his parents and hash out a decision. "Probably just sit down and talk to my parents about the schools and see what they like," he said. "It's just seeing and picking and choosing because this is a really big decision," Parker added. "I have to sit down with the people in my family and talk about the pros and cons about each school." Parker said he's currently considering UCLA, Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Kentucky and Georgia. "I wouldn't say I have a leader, but I think I'll have one soon." As far as when he'll make his decision, Parker isn't quite sure. ‘We have not made that decision yet,' he said. "I really don't know about that yet." Parker is the No. 20 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.
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