State of Georgia Tech Recruiting - Backcourt

Now that we are into the month of July, the AAU season is at its pinnacle, and the basketball recruiting rumor mill is at full tilt, GoJackets.com takes a look at the State of Georgia Tech's 2009 basketball recruiting.

The opinion amongst most people who closely follow GT basketball is that the Yellow Jackets will look to sign a total of 6 players in the class of 2009. The question as of late seems to be how those scholarships will be allocated, and there are a number of good questions floating around at the moment. Will we only take two big men in this class? Exactly how many guards are we looking to take? In order to help make things a little clearer, we will examine the State of Recruiting in 2009 for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. We will begin our review by focusing on the backcourt where there are many talented options.

First let's take a look at the prospects which are at the top of the list as far as backcourt options are concerned. It is my opinion that Mfon Udofia, Kenny Boynton, Noel Johnson, and Glen Rice Jr. are headlining our wish list in the backcourt for the class of 2009. Each of these guys is ranked near the top for his respective positions. In addition, they all seem to be interchangeable to a certain degree as well.

With Mo Miller entering his sophomore season, Coach Paul Hewitt is beginning to look for his next PG, and one of the guys that the staff covets is Mfon Udofia. He is the only true PG option that the Yellow Jackets seem to be recruiting in this class, but playing in the same backcourt as Phil Taylor with the WorldWide Renegades, allows him to play the off-guard spot as well at times. The fact that many of these prospects have the ability to play multiple guard positions should come as no surprise, as some of coach Hewitt's best teams have been equipped with versatile guards that can play the lead guard or off guard position.

While Kenny Boynton is known mostly as a shoot first type of guard, he is really working toward improving his ability to distribute the basketball, and it is already paying off. On the college level, he will have the ball in his hands a lot, and he will look to be more of an all around player as the competition increases. Noel Johnson is another top 40 target who is very versatile and interchangeable. At 6'6, he is one of the premier shooters in his class, and he is capable of playing both the small forward and the shooting guard position. Word is that GT is in his final 3, and in a recent interview with his father, he mentioned that they really like Paul Hewitt as a coach.

Ask 10 people what they think of Glen Rice, Jr., and you will most likely get the same answer, a kid that is on the rise even though he isn't currently ranked as highly on Scout.com as some of the other guys mentioned in this piece. He has a scorer's mentality, and he has seen his stock rise tremendously with his play so far this summer. He has a freakishly long wing span, and he can score the basketball in a variety of ways including pull-up jumpers, floaters in the lane, or off of dunks. With an improving long range shot, he is going to be an excellent fit on the next level.

Without further adieu, here is a closer look at Georgia Tech's top backcourt prospects for 2009:

Mfon Udofia (4 Star)
6'2 - 180
Pos: PG From: Atlanta, GA
Schools of interest: GT, Virginia, Wake Forest
2009 Scout.com # 40 overall, Ranked # 6 PG

Mfon is one of the fiercest competitors in the 2009 class. He understands the importance of stopping the opposing team, and he really takes pride in his defense. Not much is said about his offensive ability, but he can get into the lane and finish and has an underrated 3 pt stroke as well. He also seems to possess above average leadership skills.

Kenny Boynton (5 Star)
6'2 - 185
Pos: SG From: Plantation, FL
Schools of interest: GT, Duke, Texas, Florida, Connecticut
2009 Scout.com # 8 overall, Ranked # 2 SG

Kenny Boynton is truly an elite level talent and one of the top players in the class of 2009, hands down! Instant offense, as he has the ability to create his own shot against even the best defenders. He shoots the three at an extremely high level, and he also has he ability to get into the lane and finish. Super athlete that is capable of playing excellent defense and his ability to distribute the basketball is rapidly improving. Kenny has stated that GT is in his Final 5 and he recently visited the GT campus.

Noel Johnson (4 Star)
6'6 - 185
Pos: SG/ SF From: Atlanta, GA (Fayette County High School)
Schools of interest: GT, Louisville, USC, WF
2009 Scout.com # 34 overall, Ranked # 9 SG

Noel Johnson is one of the best shooters in his entire class. He has the ability to play the SF position, but he can also slide over and play the shooting guard position. High basketball IQ as his father played in the NBA, and he is presently working out with former LSU and NBA star, Chris Jackson.

Glen Rice Jr. (3 Star)
6'5 - 175
Pos: SG From: Atlanta, GA (Walton High School)
Schools of Interest: GT, Florida State, Miami
2009 Scout.com # NR

Glen Rice Jr. has probably seen his stock rise this summer as much as anyone on the AAU circuit. He has the ability to hurt you in a variety of ways. While he doesn't have the shooting touch of his father, he is still very capable of knocking down the three, but he does most of his damage off of floaters, pull up jumpers, or dunks. Needs to improve his defense, but he appears to be a late bloomer that could prove to be a big time scorer on the next level.


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