Basketball Recruiting Notes

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Virginia Tech has scored two commitments already in the 2011 class, but the Hokies are looking for more. One of the top targets is Milton (Alpharetta, GA) shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker . Read more on Parker and other targets in this edition of “Notes.”

Virginia Tech Has Impressed Parker

Head coach David Boyd guided Milton (Alpharetta, GA) to a 5A state title in 2009/2010. He’ll return a strong senior class next season, including guard Dai-Jon Parker , forward Julian Royal and guard Shannon Scott. Scott has already committed to Ohio State, while Parker and Royal are sifting through an impressive list of college suitors.

Parker, a 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard, averaged 14 points, 4.5 assists and four rebounds per game this season. He shot 80-percent from the free-throw line.

“He’s very unselfish,” Boyd said of Parker, who is a 5-star prospect and a 4-star. “He’s a real good shooter and he’s good at getting to the basket.”

Parker’s defense, though, is what was so important to Milton’s success this past season. After capturing the state title with a win over Westlake, Boyd was quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calling Parker “the best defensive guard in the country.”

Coach Boyd didn’t shy away from that statement.

“It sounds like something a coach would say out of the blue and not have anything to back it up, but when you look at the teams we played, he guarded Ryan Harrow (N.C. State 2010 PG recruit) twice, Austin Rivers (Florida 2011 G recruit) and did a great job, he guarded Trae Golden (Tennessee 2010 G recruit) and he guarded Jelan Kendrick (Memphis 2010 G recruit) at Wheeler. On and on the list goes and he was just fantastic. Game in and game out, he guarded the other team’s best player.”

Boyd added, “He has great lateral quickness and speed. He does a good job of watching film and studying film and then he’s got the great lateral quickness.”

Parker has a number of major Division 1 offers to choose from, including Auburn, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Purdue, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Kansas and North Carolina are expressing serious interest. Coach Boyd says there isn’t a clear favorite, but there are some schools that