Monday, October 24, 2005

Thaddeus Young, welcome to the ATL

Thaddeus Young (6'8" SF from Memphis's Mitchell High - RCSI #6) verbally committed to the Georgia Institute of Technology this morning, and will be on the 2006-2007 edition of the Yellow Jackets.

This is an enormous decision, not only for Thad, but also for Georgia Tech basketball. Unlike Chris Bosh, who slid under the radar a bit until his senior season, Thad has been one of the dominant high school players in the country since his freshman year. As a 6'8" forward with a SG skillset, he's projected to have an immediate impact and is one of the highest rated players at any position (Rivals.com has him as the #3 rated senior in the country). Paul Hewitt was up against all the big names in college basketball, as well as the local draw of Memphis, but Thad decided to come live in Atlanta, go to school at an excellent academic institution and play some big time college hoops.

The 2007 Final Four is in Atlanta, and people are certainly going to be getting ahead of themselves a bit and looking forward to that date - but it's now a very attainable goal. Regardless of what happens then, the 2006-07 starting lineup of Crittenton, Clinch, Thad, Smith and Dickey is going to be one of the most talented in the country. Right now, we just gotta hope Larry Brown keeps his job with the Knicks for more than 2 years and Paul Hewitt stays in Atlanta. He's got a chance to continue building something very special here.

Also, over on the Georgia Sports Blog they were celebrating this year's UGA basketball recruiting class like it included the second coming of 'Nique. Last I checked, a couple of 4 star players who nobody had listed in the top 25 in the country isn't exactly ground breaking. Pups, you might want to check out Tech for an example on what real basketball recruiting looks like.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Ryan said...

Indeed.
But the opposite could be true of you and your, ahem...football team.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

The GT football team is so much better than UGA basketball it's not funny.

I'm not saying we're any sort of world beaters, but 8 straight bowl games of any variety is a nice little run - and we haven't resorted to "how many points is a TD worth" kinds of test questions to maintain our level of ineptitude.

UGA basketball is, and will always be, an absolute disaster.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Genay said...

Nathan,
You can't quote stars as great in basketball, and then discount them in football.

Westerdawg, pointed out years ago on the hive, that the things that make GT great in bball recruiting are the exact thing that kills football recruiting.

Since bball recruits tend to travel and compete so much, they aren't predisposed to be afraid of big city life and are more accustomed to not being "gods" on campus. And their traveling forces them to focus on academics a bit more.

Think about the non-urban bball players we've missed on from instate. Specifically, the guy from columbus who went to AU, or Kwame Brown.

For whatever reason, rural bball kids see the world similarly to top football kids.

It's worth a deeper look...

2:52 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I agree, and I don't discount stars in football recruiting, and GT clearly doesn't recruit at the same level in football as basketball for a number of reasons (yours being one of them). Hewitt's success is really going to put pressure on Gailey, though that's probably unfair.

That being said, our football program is far and ahead of UGA's basketball program - the one benefit of being a GT fan is we have solid programs in all 3 major sports (football, basketball and baseball) so there's always a good team to cheer for. Winter is a long empty nothingness for Bulldogs.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Harper said...

We did manage to pull Lew Clinch out of south GA.

6:41 AM  

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