Georgia Tech vs. NC State Recruiting

January 30, 2009

The state of Georgia has been and continues to be a primary source of basketball recruits for the ACC, and not just because of Georgia Tech. NC State and Yellow Jacket fans are already closely watching the ongoing game battles between Mfon Udofia (PG, 6’1″, 2009), who is committed to Georgia Tech, and Lorenzo Brown (SG, 6’4″, 2009), a NCSU commit:

I don’t know if Udofia starts right away at the point for Georgia Tech but I think he should. I agree with your comment about him at the point and Shumpert at the two. The Tech coaches tell me that won’t happen right away. One of the biggest issues with the Yellow Jackets is a collective lack of toughness on the team. The team needs a leader in the clubhouse and they need someone to push them to new heights. Udofia clearly does bring that element to the table.

As far as Udofia as the number two player in the state…he is right now. After his performance against Centennial and Lorenzo Brown, it is hard to argue against that. All of that being said, I think Brown has a higher upside, albeit not by much. If Brown can continue to fine tune his point guard skills, he is a better professional prospect. Udofiia’s work ethic and competitiveness will be hard to argue against. He reminds me of former Virginia star Sean Singletary in that regard.

This should develop into a nice ongoing conversation as these guys hit conference play.


Mfon Udofia picks Georgia Tech

July 23, 2008

Mfon Udofia (PG, 6’2″, 2009) has decided to play ball for Paul Hewitt and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech was considered the favorite and gives Hewitt a big name for the class of 2009.

So now that Georgia Tech is putting together a nice class for 2009, will Glen Rice, Jr. be the next recruit to commit to play in Atlanta?


Derrick Favors to trim list

July 12, 2008

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) has said recently that he probably won’t select a school until next spring, with recent reports having at least fifteen schools in the running for the top big man’s services.

However, it now is likely that many of those schools won’t have to wait that long, as Favors is expected to trim his list to six by August 11.

Favors is a five-star player whose likely destination is the NBA, in the not-too-distant future, and one of three ACC targets in the state of Georgia that could wind up at Georgia Tech. With Noel Johnson(SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009) and Mfon Udofia(PG, 6’2″, 2009) also considering Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jacket fans are holding their breath to see if they bring in a phenomenal 2009 class to join already-committed Brian Oliver (SF, 6’6″, 2009).

Lute Olsen chimes in on Brandon Jennings

Lute Olsen, not one to remain silent while the entire basketball media froths into hyper analysis over his former recruit Brandon Jennings, who has decided to try his luck and play in Europe for a year, has chimed in, per the L.A. Times:

“It’s a situation now that if someone’s a ‘one-and-done,’ we’re not going to pursue them anymore, no way,”

“Jerryd [Bayless, who left after one year at Arizona and was a lottery pick in this year’s draft] said all along he wanted to stay here two years, but then you get the agents working on the kids and parents all year. You might have the kid in your controlled environment for some time, but when [outsiders are] on the parents, you have no idea what’s going on.”

Lute might not have completely stated the real issue, but his meaning is pretty clear. There are a lot of people, besides the players themselves, who will benefit financially if they can convince the NBA to remove the one-year rule or convince the players to leave early. Every time someone comes out for or against the rule, we should step back and see who is making the statements and what benefit they may get from their position. Agents, promoters and the like who latch on to some of the players will benefit enormously if they can get rid of the rule. The NBA feels it will make more money if it keeps the rule and possibly extends it. College basketball fans want players to stay in for four years, often blasting players who leave early. A good coach must do what’s right for his players, but that doesn’t mean all coaches want their players to leave early.

We must take all statement with a “grain of salt”. The situation is different for different players, in different years, for different teams.


Georgia Tech leads for Mfon Udofia

June 11, 2008

Mfon Udofia
Image courtesy Scout.com

Scout.com is reporting that Mfon Udofia (6’1″, PG, 2009) has several ACC schools on his list, including offers from Wake Forest and Virginia. However, it’s the offer from Georgia Tech that is leading at the moment:

“They consistently call and email. They stay on top of me and recruit me hard. At this point, Georgia Tech leads.”

Emmanuel Negedu visit to Tennessee

Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ) visited Tennesee on Tuesday, June 10.