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High school notebook: Tulsa Washington's Juwan Parker picks Georgia

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 19, 2012

One of the state's top senior basketball players is off the market after Tulsa Washington shooting guard Juwan Parker verbally committed to Georgia on Sunday.

Parker, a two-time member of The Oklahoman's Super 5 team, cited a good relationship with the Georgia coaching staff, primarily head coach Mark Fox and assistant Kwanza Johnson.

“The decision to play for coach Fox goes way back to the days I was knee-high to a grasshopper,” Parker wrote in a blog on, where he officially announced his choice. “Coach Fox, as an assistant at Kansas State, recruited my older brother —  Jason. At that time, Coach Fox visited my home and left a lasting impression on my parents. He and my brother remained in contact over the years and formed a lasting relationship.”

Johnson actually coached Jason Parker as an assistant at the University of Tulsa.

Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were among the programs pursuing Parker, but he had listed his final three choices as Georgia, Memphis and Stanford prior to Sunday's announcement.


Guthrie receiver Donovan Jordan was held out of Friday's scrimmage at Langston and is unlikely to play in this week's scrimmage after suffering a shoulder injury in practice last week.

“He twisted his shoulder a bit,” Bluejays coach Rafe Watkins said. “He was diving after a ball. Those are the type of plays he makes, but you don't want him getting hurt.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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