Harold Givens Wants Academics And Tradition

Norcross (GA) forward Harold Givens has some story. Along with his mom and sister, they left New Orleans, post-Katrina and settled in Columbus, Georgia, before relocating to the Atlanta suburbs after school started this year.

A junior at Norcross high school, he is still getting acclimated to a system that includes weight training and structured practices, something somewhat unfamiliar to him. There is no denying his great talent as he has been discovered by some of the top tier programs nationally.

Georgia Tech is among the many schools that are interested in Harold Givens. Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory is leading the recruitment of Givens. "I talked with Coach Gregory about a week ago and he said he plans to come see me play in a game soon." The Georgia Tech coaches have been out to see Givens practice.

Prior to this Coach Gregory had Givens on campus to let him know they were offering him a scholarship. "Coach told me they were very interested in me and they gave me an offer during a visit with my mom a few weeks ago."

The visit with his mom was not the first for Givens. Harold had previously been on campus two other times.

In addition to the offer from Georgia Tech, Givens has received six others that he could recall. "Kentucky, Memphis, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and a few others have offered me.

When asked who is recruiting him the hardest, Givens had one school in mind. "Georgia has been recruiting me hard." Auburn and Georgia State have also seen Givens play this early in the season.

Harold has two things he's looking at in choosing a school. Givens was quick to mention academics and tradition. He currently has a 3.3 GPA.

Harold and his mom disagree on when he should make his decision. There is little doubt who wins out in this discussion. Givens would like it to be next week while his mom wants the decision to be made next year. "My mom usually wins these discussions."

Givens will rely on his mom and Norcross Coach Jesse McMillan to help him with that decision.

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