Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory Wastes No Time In Recruiting

This past Wednesday was the first day college basketball coaches could call rising juniors.

Brian Gregory has been on the job at Georgia Tech just over two months trying to rebuild a Yellow Jacket program that has fallen near the bottom of the ACC three of the last four seasons.

The best way to rebuild a program is through recruiting and the state of Georgia looks loaded for the next two years.

While 2012 recruiting is in full swing, Gregory wasted no time getting started on 2013 recruits calling top prospect Brannen Greene at 12:01 AM Wednesday morning.

Was Greene and his family upset at the late calls and texts?

For Greene's parents, the exhilaration of seeing so many high-profile programs show interest in their son easily outweighed the nuisance of having their phones ringing after midnight. Jeffrey Greene described the night as "humbling and exciting," adding that all the calls and scholarship offers provided validation that his son's dedication on the court and in the classroom hadn't been for nothing.

The first call from Gregory also meant alot to the 2013 prospect from Forsyth, Ga.

It's far too early in Brannen's recruitment for him to even have a list of favorite schools, but the 6-foot-7 Forsyth, Ga., resident admits it was meaningful that Gregory fulfilled a previous promise to be the first coach to call at 12:01 a.m.

"He was like, 'I was just showing you in 2013, you're who we want.'" Greene said. "It's a big thing. I really appreciate it." 

Within the first 24 hours, Greene also received calls from FSU, Xavier, Wake Forest, Duke, Kansas, and Louisville.

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