We mentioned on Tuesday that while UConn recruit Omar Calhoun couldn't wait to get to Storrs and begin his basketball career, Anthony Bennett, one of the country's best high school forwards, hadn't included the Huskies among the five schools he's considering, mostly because of possible NCAA sanctions.
But that's the nature of the beast: sometimes hard work pays off and you land a once-in-a-generation kid (see Andre Drummond), and other times things don't click and you move on. The former is rare, the latter less so, and ultimately you just want to get more players than get away. Which brings us to another Huskies target: 6-8 Tony Parker, one of the nation's top unsigned high school players.
“[Jim] Calhoun called me recently,” Parker told CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello after his team’s loss to St. Anthony (N.J.) at the Hoop Hall Classic. “I’ll sit down with my dad. They’re one of his favorite schools.”
While nothing's imminent, Parker plans to make a decision this spring.
“It’s getting closer, it’s starting to get hectic,” he said. “But I don’t really feel any pressure.”
Borzello writes that "Parker struggled against the swarming defense of St. Anthony on Monday, finishing with just six points and three rebounds. Duke and Kentucky had three representatives each to watch Parker, with Mike Kryzewski and Jim Calhoun both in attendance. Kevin Ollie from Connecticut also took in the game."
Parker still has several official visits to make, including stops at Kentucky and UConn. And while Kansas and Ohio State (among others) are also in the mix, Borzello writes that the Wildcats and Huskies are the front-runners.