Playaz Star Ready For Senior Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the game of Brian Oliver, who competed this past summer for Jimmy Salmon's Playaz Club ...

He realizes he started the Georgia Tech big summer of recruiting victories when he made a verbal commitment to the ACC program while competing at the Rumble in the Bronx last June. Brian Oliver was more than happy to start the momentum for head coach Paul Hewitt.

"He's a great guy and a good coach," said Oliver, the skilled 6-foot-6 shooting guard from the state of Delaware who plays for Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy.

But before Oliver finished his summer playing in Las Vegas, he had rolled his ankle while competing at the Joe Brown Memorial tournament in early July as a member of the Playaz Gold team.

Before the ankle sprain, Oliver got nailed with an elbow at the previous event, knocking out one of his front teeth. So, Oliver got his share of aches and pains along the way this summer.

Oliver never played more than 10 minutes at the Joe Brown Memorial tournament. But he did recover enough to play in Las Vegas where the reports were good.

Oliver is a hard-nosed player with nice size for a guard/forward. Being banged up but showing the ability to play through it certainly placed a smile on Hewitt's face at the summer events.

"I'm excited about having a chance to play for a great coach in a great conference," said Oliver.

Brian added: "And I wanted a challenge academically too. They were the main reasons why I chose Georgia Tech. I want to be a player that can help out right away. I'll do whatever coach Hewitt wants me to do to help the team win."

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