When UCLA coach Ben Howland hired Korey McCray to fill an assistant coaching vacancy on his staff last spring, he was gambling that a Georgia-based AAU coach could use his connections to bring talent from the Peach State.
Elite big man Tony Parker's commitment on Monday is validation that gamble may pay off.
Parker, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound senior from Georgia's Miller Grove High School, selected UCLA over Georgia, Duke and Ohio State to become the second member of the Atlanta Celtics to follow their former AAU coach to Westwood. Last June, UCLA also landed small forward Jordan Adams, a Georgia native who acknowledged he chose the Bruins in part because of McCray's presence.
Parker and Adams, Rivals.com's No. 27 and 62 prospects in the Class
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