Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and UGA’s Mark Fox make recruiting appearances at Milton High School

Parker: Both Georgia Tech and UGA covet No. 23 (AJC photo)

Parker: Both Georgia Tech and UGA covet No. 23 (AJC photo)

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.”

Would you be disappointed if at least one of Milton's star-studded juniors didn't pick Georgia Tech or UGA?

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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?

49 comments Add your comment

TheNumber34

April 22nd, 2010
6:25 am

As a UGA fan, I want them both! We need to be keeping this talent in state. Mark Fox will coach these guys up. Hewitt…not really.

dap01

April 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

Both have great futures ahead of them. They should stay in Georgia and be home state heros.

Fox is building a very good program at UGA.

GT65

April 22nd, 2010
8:41 am

Love GT Basketball but Paul Hewitt is a JOKE!!!!!

GT65

April 22nd, 2010
8:42 am

Enter your comments here

ignition

April 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

GT65 Thats a really stupid comment from someone who is supposed to be a GT supporter. Paul Hewitt is the head coach of YOUR school, he is recruiting top talent in state and we want to call him a joke.
If you support your Team then you have to support the head coach, especially when he is recruiting.

indianman

April 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

come play for ga bulldogs ga tech is a joke

Techie

April 22nd, 2010
9:22 am

I’m a lifelong jacket, but how could I blame either of these young men if they didn’t want to play for us. CPH cannot coach to save his life.

Albanydog

April 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

GT-65. You are a Big Joke , do know how many players he loss to the NBA in the pass eight years.No I take that back you not a Joke ,you are a Dummy.

Justin Credible

April 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

Albanydog – your comment makes you an idiot and a dummy. Hewitt has had all this NBA talent and still cant win. People leave early for the NBA all the time and still play on winning teams. Hewitt will be gone after next year and become an anaylyst for ESPN and sleep in a pile of his 7 million buyout payment.

GT65

April 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

Albanydog, Yes one and gone…that’s a great Coach. Does he work for GT are the NBA. You the Dummy! I’ve support GT in every sport,I have GT tags, watch, caps, flags and etc on everything but I will not support Paul Hewitt.
Ignition, I’ve supported GT for 45 years. Unless I die I will probably be around when Rads and Hewitt are gone.

AceDawg

April 22nd, 2010
10:54 am

I have no idea, but UGA should have some momentum this season as they improve. Fox has the ears of the good players, which is a big step forward.

GetwhatUpayfor

April 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

If you want a spin doctor take coach hewitt.
If you want a good coach take coach fox.

grob

April 22nd, 2010
11:40 am

Gotta say UGA is the best choice…Hewitt might not make another season at Tech and if he does they will not get any better. Look everyone that doubts UGA who has beaten who the last 2 or 3 years head to head? That speeks louder than words about the coaching ability of one coach.

Laughing at dogs

April 22nd, 2010
12:42 pm

Georgia has no b-ball program. Fox coached them to a last place, losing record in a bad league. GT is a respected national program; that is why NBA type recruits want to come to Tech…seems simple doesn’t it?

Laura Adams

April 22nd, 2010
12:46 pm

Laura, GT has arrived at Milton.

KDAWG

April 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

I really wish that just one would consider UGA. But the truth is this…these kids will want to play as soon as possible and with Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie returning, there is slim to no chance Milton’s stars come to UGA.

Alph

April 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

You can play in front of empty seats in the quiet cow towns of Athens, Starkville, and Tuscaloosa, or you can play ACC hoops in Atlanta, Boston, Miami and on Tobacco Road. I’m not sayin… I’m just sayin.

jackets rock

April 22nd, 2010
1:38 pm

The dawgs posing as jackets are not fooling anyone, they are just trying to persuade these kids to go to uga. If GT is pursing these kids then they must be smart young men, and I’m sure they can see right through that BS. Guys, look at uga’s BB program, that is truly the joke. What has Mark Fox done? Really? Did he improve on a LAST PLACE TEAM? No, they remained in last place. Did he get them to the tournament? No, but they do get to watch it from the comforts of their own living rooms every year. Does uga put anyone in the NBA? Not in a very, very long time. Now, look at GT and coach Hewitt. Finished runner up to the eventual national champs in the ACC CG. Play in the ACC, best BB conference in the country. Made the NCAA tournament. One of the very best educations in the country. Hewitt cares about his players and their development. You also have a great chance to make the NBA under Hewitt. Ask Jarrett Jack, Chris Bosh, Thad Young, J. Crittenton, Anthony Morrow, Mario West, Will Bynum, Derrick Favors, and Gani Lawal to name a few. GT has one of the best BB programs in the country and is one of the best academic institutions in the country. You can’t go wrong with that!

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:41 pm

When I heard he was going to Milton High I was hoping Hewitt was looking for another job. Do the right thing, DRad, Fire Hewitt Now. We’re not going away until he does.

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:44 pm

In good conscience who could ever recommend a h.s. recruit with true talent and half a brain to join a Hewitt-coached team at Ga.Tech. And if your aspirations are solely athletic (i.e., NBA), then we don’t want you. Go play for someone else. Hewitt will exploit your natural talent for a year or two, you’ll spring for the NBA draft before you’re ready, and in the end whether you make it in the show or not neither you nor Ga. Tech will be better off for your efforts. Only Hewitt will get richer, and possibly a postponement of his inevitable firing.

jackets rock

April 22nd, 2010
1:46 pm

WreckHorn= DAWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

If you don’t want a degree and you aren’t willing to earn one, then you’d be better off not coming to Ga. Tech. Notice how Tiger gets booed by Stanford after dropping out after only two years there? Tech fans will soon be doing the same for the users and abusers and cohorts in Hewitt’s NBA Farm System Scam. We don’t want you, we sure as hell don’t need you, and don’t count on Hewie to be around long enough to deliver on any promises he might make to you.

SoCal Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Alph you can play and get beat in these towns. LOL

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:49 pm

j rock for brains: I’m far more loyal to Tech in my objective observations than you are in your blind loyalty to CPH. When you get off your knees and wipe off your mouth, you might try reciting the Good Word a dozen times and hope that the Big Jacket in the Sky forgives your transgressions.

jackets rock

April 22nd, 2010
1:54 pm

WreckHorn, Who in good conscience could reccommend that they go to uga? If they come to Tech, they get an education that will open doors all over the world for them. They get to play for a head coach who is good enough to coach his team to the National Championship Game just a few years ago, a coach who takes players and gets them to the NBA! Yes, one and done players have hurt the program, not Hewitt! Go to uga and if the past is an indicator, you can forget about the NBA or playing on a good college team. And the education you would get at uga pales in comparision to the one you could get from GT!

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:55 pm

laugh of the day: “Hewitt cares about players and their development.” Either of these players would be absolute fools to go to UGA regardless of their aspirations–academic, athletic, or (hopefully) both. Fox is an unknown and likely to be grazing greener pastures real soon and UGA’s track record in placing pro’s in the NBA and graduating players with clean rap sheets is abysmal. If you did graduate, the degree is worthless. Frankly, Hewitt has no business recruiting any kid stupid enough to be considering UGA. And Georgia Tech does not want any kid stupid enough to fall for Hewitt’s drivel.

jackets rock

April 22nd, 2010
1:56 pm

WreckHorn, YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE DAWG!!!! AND YOUR JEALOUSY OF TECH’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM IS PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

SoCal Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

LOL you techies are so funny… sigh…

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Hewitt gets rich off of raw talent, doesn’t coach it up, and lets ‘em leave for the pros before their ready (just as well since they don’t develop when they are at Tech, whether it’s 1 or 5 years). We’re tired of Hewitt’s exploitation, his shirking of academic duties in a leadership position, and also getting tired of the mercenary children who drop in for a few games, fewer classes, and then bolt for the NBA to embarass Tech a la Crittenton and Marbury.

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
2:00 pm

j rock. You are right. I am not fooling anyone. I am not jealous of the program I supported for 13 years as a season ticket holder until 2010 (2 years after CPH should have been fired.) Glad you enjoy your role as CPH’s personal C-S ‘er.

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

funny how gay infatuation passes for school spirit with j rock. I won’t bother attacking UGAggers writing about basketball, since they obviously are just trying to get Richt’s out-of-control jailbreak called a football program (another player drunk and arrested?!) out of their mind until they can join them on campus and dump their trailer-park garbage for their former players to pick up after games. I know the foregoing is a run-on sentence, but I was on a roll and didn’t want to waste a period.

WreckHorn

April 22nd, 2010
2:06 pm

Sorry, j rock, I know you tremble in fear and envy at the mention of “period.” Actually, I am glad you are a fellow Tech fan and I will pray for your enlightenment re: CPH and heterosexuality.

SoCal Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
2:08 pm

“I know the foregoing is a run-on sentence, but I was on a roll and didn’t want to waste a period.”
Really hahahahaha. This is great. Funny funny stuff!

jackets rock

April 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm

WreckHorn, If you are not a dawg, and that’s a BIG IF, then you have got to be the dumbest fan I have ever seen. Hewitt is an very good head coach, an awesome defensive coach, and a FANTASTIC recruiter. One and dones have hurt us, but as long as the other big boys go after them, then we need to go after them too! He will put together the right talent and make a few more big runs before he is done. If you can’t support him and our teams (if you are a jacket) then STFU!

Carolina Gator Lover

April 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

GT65, You are an imposter! You can tell by your grammer – ” Does he work for GT are the NBA.”
Go back to Athens!

Does he work for GT or the NBA?

SoCal Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
2:16 pm

jackets rock has to be Hewitt’s mom!

Killer Bees

April 22nd, 2010
2:31 pm

I also believe Hewitt is a good coach. He proved that to me when he took a bunch of kids that were basically unknown all the way to the championship game in ‘05. I agree with JR one and done players have hurt us to a certain extent.

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
2:52 pm

Fun fact for Tech Fans, Thompkins and Leslie picked UGA over Tech among other schools.

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Does uga put anyone in the NBA? Not in a very, very long time.

Sundiata Gaines graduated two years ago.. he’s in the NBA. Try again

RamblinWrek

April 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

Basketball is a TEAM sport where teamates need time to jell. If you pay attention, teams in this year’s Final Four are comprised of mostly juniors and seniors in each team, and they play together a couple of years already. You may be able to recruit top players but you will not win championships if these players are in college for one year and done. Please give Coach Hewitt a break, he can not do what he wants when he only has J. Crittenton, T. Young, or D.Favors for one year. What Coach H should do is getting players (don’t have to be McDonald’s All American type) who will stay for 4 years, then you would have team that will compete for championship

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Ramblinwrek, if you see it why does Felton not?

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 22nd, 2010
3:44 pm

GT basketball is a thing of the past.

Paul Phewitt is the worst coach in NCAA Men and Women sports. EVER!!!

Gordon

April 22nd, 2010
5:27 pm

Bad news for Hewitt: the NCAA is expanding to 68 teams, not 96. It will still mean something to get into the tournament. There will be a play-in game for the 16 seed in all four regionals, not just one. 3 more at large spots open up.

Gordon

April 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

“jackets rock has to be Hewitt’s mom!”

Not true. I know Hewitt’s mom, and she thinks he should be fired.

.

April 22nd, 2010
7:13 pm

Gator lover what the *ell do you know about GT & UGA ?

Jason

April 22nd, 2010
7:34 pm

They will go to GT. UGA’s basketabll program is on par with Division II schools.

hind tit

April 22nd, 2010
11:10 pm

it’s amazing how little people know about sports. it seems that some people come out of the closet once a month and get on these blogs and comment on players and teams they know noting about. one guy said these two players from milton wouldn’t go to uga because thomkins and leslie would keep them from playing. these guys are jrs. in highschool thomkins and leslie will be gone in the draft after next year.projected first round picks. could it be this guy is a tech fan since he knows nothing about the uga players?

Dennis F

April 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

Better education. Better competition in the ACC. A coach that can get you to the NBA. A school that actually cares about basketball = Tech

G-dub

April 23rd, 2010
11:47 am

Who cares where they go they are both over rated to me. I don’t think Parker is a college pg and Royal will not be the biggest kid on the court in college. he need to develop an outside game. It’s not like either of them will turn a program around.