Tony Parker was disgruntled during his freshman season for the Bruins and seemed like a lock to transfer schools. But it looks like that is no longer happening.
The big man from Atlanta tweeted Sunday night to say he’s a Bruin:
UCLA I’m a Bruin
— tony parker (@tonyparker32) April 8, 2013
The tweet seemed like a strong sign that Parker would be staying in Westwood. Georgia 247 Sports reporter Gentry Estes says Parker’s father confirmed the forward would stay with UCLA. Estes also says new UCLA coach Steve Alford met with Parker’s family over the weekend at the Final Four, which helped convince the big man to stay.
The news seems good for UCLA on the surface, but Parker really needs to show he can play. Despite being a top recruit entering the season, Parker only averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds while playing 6.3 minutes per game. He was hardly a factor for the Bruins.
Getting Parker to stay is a good sign, but the real trick would be if Alford could get Parker to produce.