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Tony Parker Decision: Danny Manning's Exit Affected Kansas' Frontrunner Status

The Kansas Jayhawks are still officially finalists for the services of top basketball recruit Tony Parker. The big man has several teams waiting on his announcement, which will come today at 3pm Central Time. Unfortunately the early signs are that KU is now a darkhorse contender rather than a frontrunner, which is what they would be if former assistant coach Danny Manning didn't take the head coaching gig with Tulsa.

Michael Carvell writes, "This was Parker's best official visit and he was blown away by the atmosphere." However he goes on to say, "When Manning left the building, so did Kansas' best chances. Otherwise, they might be our frontrunner. Timing is everything in life, isn't it?"

Parker, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound center from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga., said earlier in the recruiting process that he will be choosing between Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, Duke and Ohio State. He is rated the No. 26 recruit for the class of 2012 by ESPNU.

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