What gets Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt out of bed at the wee hours of the morning?
Apparently, the idea of recruiting some of the state’s top juniors at Milton High School, the reigning state champions in Georgia’s largest classification.
Hewitt made quite the impression when he was the first head coach to show up at Milton on the first day of the recent NCAA contact period, which ended on Wednesday. Hewitt was there at 7:45 a.m. sharp on Monday to let his interest be known in a pair of Milton juniors — 6-foot-9 power forward Julian Royal and 6-2 shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker.
Milton’s other elite 2011 prospect, point guard Shannon Scott, has already committed to Ohio State.
What about UGA coach Mark Fox? He showed up on Tuesday afternoon to observe Milton in off-season conditioning. He stayed for two hours, and also has his eyes fixated on Royal and Parker.
Here’s the big question: What are the chances of at least one of the members of Milton’s star-studded junior class staying in Georgia to play college basketball?
“I know a lot of people would love to see that happen, or even for them to play together,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “I know at one time that all three of them had talked about playing together in college, but that was before (Scott) committed to Ohio State. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Julian and Dai-Jon.”
Georgia Tech and UGA have fierce competition: They were among eight major colleges that dispersed head coaches to Milton over the last few days. The others were Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford, Rhode Island’s Jim Baron, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, and Wake Forest’s Jeff Bzedlik. About a dozen other SEC and ACC schools, including Alabama and Florida State, were represented by assistants.
“It was very impressive to see all the head coaches come through … that’s very unusual,” Boyd said.
Both Royal and Parker have set no timetable on making college decisions.
What do you think about the chances of Georgia Tech and UGA landing one of Milton’s juniors?