The Big Picture - Interior/Post (Hoops)

GoJackets.com continues its series to help you get a view of the big picture in recruiting. GoJackets.com returns some attention to the basketball team. Previously, we took a look at the perimeter players. Now, we finish the series with a look at the post/interior players.

Current Guard Depth Chart (by seniority):

0 seniors –
0 juniors –
3 sophomores – Daniel Miller (R), Kammeon Holsey (R), Nate Hicks
1 freshman – Julian Royal

(R) = Redshirt

Expected 2012 Class Open Big Man Slots:

Current Commits:
None

Remaining Slots: 2

Other Prospects (Status in terms of commitment):

Robert Carter is a five star and is ranked as the #7 center by Scout.com. Once he was identified by the coach staff as the number one inside target in the 2012 class, Carter's recruitment by Georgia Tech intensified and they gradually became one of the favorites. During the evaluation period, the consensus was that Tech and Georgia may have passed the Florida schools as the favorite to get his signature on signing day. The Shiloh High School recruit is expected to make his decision in the early signing period. He seems to be looking forward to finishing his recruitment sooner than later. Carter is expected to take his official visit to Tech in the next few weeks. (We Like Our Chances)

Chris Obekpa is a four star and is ranked as the #24 power forward by Scout.com. The Centereach, New York recruit spent a week in the Atlanta area earlier this year. He took an unofficial visit the weekend of the Western Carolina in early September. Chris also returned to campus the following week. Obekpa is known for his shot blocking and rebounding. Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, DePaul, Pitt, Providence, St. Johns, and UCLA are some of the teams that are showing interest in Obekpa besides Tech. They are also teams who had in-homes with Obekpa Chris is not close to making a decision and is expected to sign in the late signing period. (Could Go Either Way)

Tony Parker is a five star who is ranked as the #8 center by Scout.com. The Miller Grove recruit has drawn interest from the top programs around the country. His school has been the destination of some of the top coaches in the country during the evaluation period. When Coach Brian Gregory and staff arrived at GT they had a lot of ground to make up with Parker. It was assumed that he was leaving the state but the staff continued to recruit Parker, his family, and established a relationship with his coach Sharman White. His recruitment reached the point where they were able to get an unofficial visit from him and they in turn have been to see him at Miller Grove. Parker is a long shot for sure but Tech has not necessarily been eliminated. (Unlikely But Possible)

THE FIELD – One of the options that the staff is considering for the final two openings is bringing in a foreign player. Coach Brian Gregory recently visited the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands to take a look at 50+ foreign players. The players in attendance were from Holland, England, Latvia, Russia, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Lithuania. This may be the last option to fill the class. But, it is one that the GT coaches are keeping a close eye on while they continue to recruit the 3 previously mentioned players.

Likelihood of committing is rated in 1 of 5 categories:
1. We Lead
2. We Like Our Chances
3. Could Go Either Way
4. Leaning Elsewhere
5. Unlikely But Possible
6. No Chance

GoJackets.com Best Guesses:
Based on current information, GoJackets.com believes that Robert Carter will end up at Georgia Tech. There are too many events that are lining up to help the Jackets land Carter – particularly with Carter's move to the Atlanta area and enrolling at Shiloh HS. The second big man is going to be the tough one to figure out. At this point, Parker is a real long shot (despite some valiant efforts by the GT coaches) and Obekpa remains solidly in the picture. However, he Obekpa story has a long way to go given Obekpa's decision to wait until spring to sign. With no good reason other than playing the odds, we believe the second big man is likely to come from the aforementioned pool of foreign players.

Notable News Since the Last Update:
None since this is the first update.

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