Tech Has Huge Week
Maybe the best way to summarize Georgia Tech's impressive last seven days on the recruiting trail is to take a look at just who the Jackets defeated to land PF Chris Bosh and PG Jarrett Jack.
Second-year coach Paul Hewitt and his staff went head to head with the two teams that played for the 2000 national championship and edged out each for a recruit. That's not something, which generally happens within a span of seven days.
First, Tech landed Jack. Last Monday, Tom Izzo conducted an in-home visit with Jack and tried to lure the Worcester guard to East Lansing. Jack listened intently but in the end opted to commit to Georgia Tech, the school that had been recruiting him the longest. Michigan State has played in the last three Final Fours and won the national title in 2000. Nice win for Hewitt on the recruiting trail.
On Sunday, the Jackets landed the big prize: super forward Chris Bosh. To do it, Hewitt was able to convince Bosh Atlanta was the best place for him and in doing so went head to head with the mighty Florida Gators and came out on top. The Gators played Michigan State for the title in 2000, thus completing Hewitt's rip through the Final Four teams.
Just last year, Tech was challenging the senseless "5/8" rule because his team was going to be shorthanded because Bobby Cremins rarely gave out the allotted 13 scholarships. Now, in two back-to-back classes, Hewitt has landed six players ranked in the Top 100 including one Top 15, two Top 50s, two Top 75s a Top 100 and a foreign center whom, by recent accounts, is going to be a fine player for the Jackets.
In the fall of 2002, Hewitt will welcome Jack to campus and he'll be the second straight four-year starter at the point for Georgia Tech. Tony Akins started all four years at the point for Tech and Jack will do the same. It's kind of rare that during an eight-year span, Tech will have back-to-back four-year starters at one position and while Akins has put together a nice career in Atlanta, Jack projects to be even better and a perfect fit for the Yellow Jackets.
Hewitt's rebuilding plan appears to be ahead of schedule and the 2001 ACC Coach of the Year is on the same pace to do what Pete Gillen did for the Virginia Cavaliers in his first few seasons in Charlottesville.