Tony Parker (GA)

Tony Parker (GA) profile
RCSI: 24 (2012)
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
Weight: 290 lbs (132 kg)
Position: C
High School: Miller Grove High School (Georgia)
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
College: UCLA
Current Team: Iowa
Win - Loss: 14 - 16


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After a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament run, UCLA lost Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, and Zach LaVine to the NBA Draft and the Wear twins to graduation. Put differently, the Bruins will be without 69% of its scoring, 69% of its rebounding, and 71% of its assists from its 2013-2014 team. If UCLA is going to pick up where it left off, it will need players like junior center Tony Parker to take a large step forward from reserves to starters.

Parker is no stranger to high expectations, having entered UCLA as a McDonald's All-American and a top-25 high school recruit. He spent his first two seasons battling through foul trouble, inconsistency, and a tumultuous relationship with former coach Ben Howland, however, even though he showed occasional flashes of potential as a sophomore Coming off of a solid performance this summer at []adidas Nations, UCLA fans are hoping Parker takes the next step in his development while emerging as the anchor of their depleted post rotation.

At 6'9, with a massive 7'1 wingspan and a stocky 260-pound frame, Parker is a load in the paint in the Pac-12, even if he may be stuck between post positions at the next level. He is not the most explosive player, but possesses solid mobility, with quick feet and the ability to run the floor well in transition. Improving his conditioning and continuing to slim down his stocky frame will likely allow him to maximize his athleticism, as well.

As a result of Parker's limited role, any evaluation of his offense should be taken with a grain of salt, but he played nearly three times as many minutes as he did during his freshman season, while improving his efficiency metrics modestly across the board. In general, his 15.1 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted on a paltry 8.2% of UCLA overall offensive possessions reflects both this relative lack of productivity and his very limited role in the team offense.

Overall, Parker finds nearly 97% of his possessions around the basket. A closer look at Synergy's play type breakdown reveals, however, that only 29.4% of his shot attempts came out of post ups and he rarely, if ever, operated outside of the paint. This means that the majority of his possessions were either assisted, coming off cuts or passes into the post, or earned by chasing down offensive rebounds or loose balls. In these situations, Parker's combination of soft hands, quick feet, and shooting touch allow him to be an excellent finisher to the tune of 60% from 2-point territory.

Parker's back-to-the-basket game is a work in progress, but his potential here is intriguing. Particularly impressive is his ability to carve out position in the deep post and to exploit his clear physical advantages, notably his size and quickness, while operating on the block. On the other hand, Parker's rudimentary footwork limits him to basic spin moves and jump hooks at this point. Becoming more consistent in this capacity would greatly help his scoring efficiency, as improving his footwork could open up his post game significantly. As Parker is UCLA's most seasoned returning big man, scouts are expecting his role to increase and will be monitoring his progress accordingly.

On the defensive end of the floor, Parker's inconsistency and continued struggles with foul trouble severely limit his effectiveness. When he puts his mind to it, Parker can be a decent post defender, doing a good job of denying his man and holding his position on the block. With greater focus and aggressiveness, his combination of length and bulk could be an asset at the collegiate level. He struggles significantly to guard players away from the basket, however, lacking the lateral quickness to stay in front of driving big men and the foot speed to hedge on screens or close out on shooters. Likewise, he is not a particularly prolific shot blocker or rebounder, both areas that his physical profile suggests that he could improve upon with greater intensity and fundamentals.

At this point, scouts likely do not have a great idea of the type of player Tony Parker can become at UCLA, let alone at the next level. Right now he is an undersized center trying to transition to power forward who struggles to stay on the court due to his defensive limitations. While improving his conditioning, becoming less foul prone, and developing his raw skill set could ease his transition, he has a ways to go to convince scouts that he is a prospect at either position at this stage.

This evaluation aside, Tony Parker will have plenty of opportunities during his junior season to convince scouts that he is a different player than he has been thus far in his collegiate career. More than most prospects, Parker's stock could improve significantly if he can find a way to stay on the court and help power UCLA's rebuilding effort.

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Tony Parker (GA)
Height without shoes: 6'7
Height with shoes: 6'9
Weight: 273
Wingspan: 7-1
Standing Reach: 9-0

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Tony Parker (#19 Scout, #33 Rivals, #31 ESPN) had arguably the toughest matchup of any player this weekend, having to play against legendary coach Bob Hurley's undefeated St. Anthony squad, and a defense designed specifically to stop him.

Parker was defended by an assortment of fresh bodies all game long, faced a constantly changing mixture of fronting and straight man defense, and didn't get the ball once without the defense sagging heavily towards him. Parker didn't respond to this very well, being taken out of his game and scoring a disappointing six points on 1-for-7 shooting, also leading to visible signs of frustration throughout the game.

Standing 6'9 with a large frame, very good length, and excellent strength, Tony Parker has some intriguing tools for a big man prospect, but is sporting a lot of excess weight and isn't quite near his athletic peak at the moment. His extra mass helps him out battling in the post on both ends of the floor, but his conditioning and ability to run the floor suffer for it, and his offensive game is fairly one-dimensional at this stage as well.

On the offensive end, Parker's greatest asset is his ability to score around the basket, something he had a tough time displaying here. He boasts good hands, soft touch, and a good ability to establish position down low, where he's capable of finishing on simple moves by taking advantage of his physical tools. He actually has some ability to get above the rim in the post, showing some deceptive explosiveness in the right situations, but definitely could improve some here by maximizing his physical condition, toning down while maintaining his power.

On the defensive end, Parker showed some decent ability in man-to-man defense, utilizing his strength and length to block and contest shots, but wasn't a big contributor on team defense and was prone to taking plays off as the game went on and his frustration level set in.

Looking forward, it's tough to take much away from Parker's game in this setting, where he clearly had a lot of cards stacked against him, but he'd definitely help himself going forward by maximizing his physical tools and doing a better job keeping his head in the game when things are going poorly. His size and natural ability to score around the basket alone make him a player to keep an eye on in the long term, but how he supplements those abilities with the rest of his game will be key to his success and pro prospects down the road.

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