Lewis Clinch Makes Decision

Lewis Clinch got it done - shortly after taking an official visit. The Georgia guard will play in the ACC next year.

All Lewis Clinch needed was one visit.

The Crisp County (Ga.) 6-3 ½, 180-pound shooting guard committed to Georgia Tech on Monday morning, shortly after arriving home after his first official visit to the Yellow Jackets.

``It can't get any better than this. I was with the guys and felt so comfortable," said Clinch, who burst onto the scene this past summer. "I felt like I was already a Yellow Jacket."

``It wasn't that they were trying to persuade me or anything," he added. "They weren't even asking me what I was going to do. My instinct told me that it was the right thing to do."

``He just felt at home when he went there," Crisp County coach Fred Richards said. "They made him feel good and he went with his first instinct."

Clinch is a big-time addition for Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and his staff. He had set up visit dates with Wake Forest for Sept. 10 and Georgia for Sept. 17 and was also recently contacted by Duke.

However, Georgia Tech had been the leader for a while – and after seeing the campus, he made the decision.

``This summer I got to know Coach Hewitt and (assistant coach) Cliff Warren," Clinch said. "I've been feeling Georgia Tech since July and feeling real good about the program."

``He does a great job graduating kids," he added. "He's going to make me better on and off the court."

Clinch can score in a variety of ways. He can knock down the 3-pointer with regularity, has a nice mid-range game and also is strong enough and quick enough to get to the basket and finish. Clinch joins 6-9 Alade Aminu as Georgia Tech commitments from the Class of 2005.

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