Tony Parker is staying at UCLA

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:

tony-parker-uclaThe tweet seemed like a strong sign that Parker would be staying in Westwood, as did his appearance at UCLA’s football practice over the weekend.

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.

Tony Parker is homesick, seems eager to leave UCLA

tony-parker-uclaTony Parker was part of the incoming class of freshmen that were supposed to lead UCLA to instant success. While the 9-3 Bruins have had moderate success, Parker has started out his career looking like a bust.

The 6-foot-9 big man from Atlanta has only averaged 3.3 points in 8.6 minutes per game this season. Over the holidays, he began showing signs of his unhappiness in Westwood.

Parker sent a cryptic tweet that made it seem like he regretted going to UCLA:

Then he sent this message on Christmas:

And then this one:

We don’t know what days Parker was counting down to, but it certainly seems like something related to leaving UCLA.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin, Parker said after practice Thursday that he planned on playing out the season with UCLA, but he made no promises about next season. He also reportedly did not regret his tweets.

“Not at all,” Parker said, per Pucin. “I was homesick. Those were my feelings.”

It sure sounds like Parker will be the next prominent athlete to leave coach Ben Howland’s program unless things change.

H/T The Dagger