Monday, May 24, 2010

Paul Hewitt's Epic Fail in Recruiting

Just when you didn't think it could get much worse for Georgia Tech Basketball in 2010-2011 this happens.

Missing out another big man recruit and the possible departure of early graduate Brad Sheehan leaves the Yellow Jackets woefully thin in the post. Tech would start the season with just two scholarship players over 6'7" and neither of whom played last season.

It was not like Hewitt did not try to get some big men to come to Tech next year, he just missed out on all of them. First it was Will Yeguette going to Florida, then Marcus Thornton to Georgia, and now John Knox to North Carolina. To add insult another prospect picked Fairfield over Georgia Tech.

You would think a guy who will have a front court player picked in the top 5 of the NBA Draft and another likely in the late first round would not have this much trouble landing another big man.

Is this a sign of things to come? Are top recruits avoiding Hewitt because of the controversy and fan unrest surrounding his recent years in Atlanta?

Unless Hewitt can get much, much, much improved guard play Georgia Tech will be in for a rough season next year. And that may force Athletic Director Dan Radakovich's hand from an already split fan base.

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  1. It was a disaster of a recruiting season for Hewitt. What else can you say? Expect I hope the one signee 6-4 guard Jason Morris is really really really good.

    GT will have lineups next year where the tallest player on court next year will be 6-5. Unreal the mess Hewitt has left his team in.

  2. Anonymous3:48 PM

    They all know that he can't coach and don't want to play for the loser.

  3. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Its hard to critize Hewitt for all of these misses this year. Will Yeguette was not leaving his home state, friends with Patric Young (Fla recruit), Marcus Thornton would likely had to sit out a year. (He could have applied for a waiver, but why take the risk that it would not be granted). I also wonder how much the graduate school admission process effected John Knox.
    I do agree its going to be a tough year regardless if Sheehan stays or goes.

  4. With all of those hinderances in recruiting mentioned, why did Hewitt go so hard after all 3.

    Why didn't he set his targets more attainable knowing what his front court situation would be?

  5. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Can't blame him for trying......

  6. Maybe he will take some blame when Lance Storrs is guarding John Henson next year after the two post players pick up two fouls in the first half.

    Meanwhile UGA signed 2 post players in addition to Thornton.


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