Justin originally intended to make his choice at noon Pacific Time but instead moved it back two hours. Justin admitted that the decision was harder than he thought it would be. “I wanted to make sure I was picking right this time. I picked Tulane last year but they changed coaches and I opened up my
recruitment. I just wanted to be sure it was right and I know it is."
There were many reasons why he chose Tech but one reason stood out to Justin. “To me, the biggest reason was Coach D-Lab. Coach Darryl LaBarrie is a great person. I’m very close to him.” Justin got to know Coach LaBarrie when he was at Georgia State. Once he was hired at Tech, Justin’s interest in Tech grew. Getting a chance to play in the ACC was also a factor. “Getting to know Coach (Josh) Pastner was the clincher. His track record speaks for itself.” Justin feels that Coach Pastner is the right person to return Tech to the glory days. “I want to be a part of that. I don't have any doubts about him as a head coach."
Now that he’s made his decision, Justin is excited to get to Atlanta. Justin is ready to meet up with fellow San Diego athlete and Tech football signee Lucas Johnson. The two are excited about traveling across country to start their careers at Tech. “Making the decision is a big weight off my shoulders. I’ve been through this twice."
Mom is also happy with Justin’s decision. "I know she feels like she is losing her baby boy but she knows I’m happy and that makes her happy. I couldn't ask for a better situation to be honest.” To lessen any sadness, Justin’s mom knows that in seven weeks he’ll have a two week break and can come home."
Once he arrives at Tech, Justin is looking forward to getting after it to earn playing time and to help the team win games. While playing in the NBA is a goal for Justin, he will let that take its course. Justin knows that if the time is right, he’ll know it. “I'll talk with Coach Pastner and we’ll discuss everything. I won’t do anything to hurt him or the team at Georgia Tech.”
Justin will report to Tech on June 21st. "For the next eighteen days I will live it up here with my family and friends and get ready to head to Atlanta. The next chapter in my life will begin then.”