Basketball: Milton High’s Julian Royal returns from official visit with Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt

Milton High’s Julian Royal, one of the nation’s top 100 college basketball prospects, heard a lot of things from Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt during his official visit this past weekend.

One thing that really stuck out is that Hewitt considers Royal the “No. 1 recruiting priority” for Georgia Tech this year. The 6-foot-9 power forward is likely to decide between Georgia Tech and UGA, while also considering Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech entertained Milton's Julian Royal over the weekend (AJC)

Georgia Tech entertained Milton's Julian Royal over the weekend (AJC)

“[Being the top priority] was made very clear to us … no doubt about it,” said Royal’s father, Charles. “I was aware of some other kids they were interested in at some point but that apparently has dropped off. [Hewitt] made it clear that Julian was the guy they wanted above and all anything else. They even pulled out the depth chart, and if you look at it, it makes sense. It means a lot to Julian that Georgia Tech thinks so highly of him and has such big plans for him.”

Another important issue that was addressed during the visit was Georgia Tech’s social life for its students. Like most teenagers, Royal wants to attend a college where he can enjoy the social scene. Hewitt and his staff members talked about the subject.

“You constantly hear from people, and not just other college coaches trying to sway him away, that Atlanta is not a college town,” the elder Royal said. “You kind of identify Atlanta with being a city, but there are a lot of colleges down there and something always going on. If there’s nothing going on at Georgia Tech’s campus, then you can go right down the street to Georgia State, Morehouse, or Spelman. They were able to point that out in a nice way.”

Now Royal has visited archrivals Georgia Tech and UGA, which school has the lead for Royal’s services? “They were similar in a lot of ways. In some ways, I guess what it comes down to is this: Do you like the city or do you like the country? When you spend time walking around both college campuses, they are both very nice,” the elder Royal said.

“They are both great schools. Can you say that one is better than the other? I don’t know. I can’t say anything negative about either visit. I know Julian’s decision isn’t going to be an easy one. I guess we’ll wait and see how it all plays out.”

Royal will start working toward a decision after visiting his third finalist — Wake Forest — on Oct. 9.

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68 comments Add your comment

Douglas

September 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

The question is this: does he want to play for a good coach or bad coach? Fox is a much better coach than Hewitt.

Douglas

September 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

Enter your comments here

ok guys

September 27th, 2010
2:21 pm

While Hewitt may not be the talk of the town lately if this young man has any ideas about the NBA he would have to seriously consider Paul Hewitt. The man has sent all kinds of players to the NBA…from walk ons(Mario West) to perennial all stars(Chris Bosh)…this is something no one can deny. Does Fox have any of his guys in the leauge? The two players that he inherited were Felton recruits…Come play in the ACC for the only program that has any sort of Basketball pedigree in the state of Georgia. Good luck on the decision.

CraZyBullPuPFanS

September 27th, 2010
2:53 pm

Go to a Basketball school known for getting big men drafted high or go to a NON basketball school whose fans like the gymnastics team better than the Basketball team.

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

September 27th, 2010
3:27 pm

How many kids have gone to the pros out of GT and how many from UGAY in the last 25 years?? This is a no-brainer. GT has superior academics, better location, and has won ACC titles and made the final four while the leghumpers have sat and watched in the postseason for the most part. The ACC is the jewel in college basketball and georgia is known for doing nothing in hoops and nothing is expected of them. If this kid wants to stay at home at home and play against the north carolinas and the dukes and play the best comp there is…then he should play in the ACC period!!!

Snoopy

September 27th, 2010
3:54 pm

I believe EVERY coach tells every recruit the same, “No. 1 recruiting priority”…

Good luck to ya Mr. Royal

CraZyBullPuPFanS

September 27th, 2010
4:26 pm

Snoopy
No actually they are normally pretty honest with you. If they aren’t it will come back to bite them more often than not. If Hewitt had already told someone else they were the #1 priority this story would get back to said recruit and completely ruin any trust and chances to land the recruit. So no most coaches don’t tell most players they are priority number 1.

Dawg Fan in Grayson

September 27th, 2010
4:28 pm

Tech fans don’t look at how many players UGA has put in the NBA…look how many Fox has put in the NBA. Currently there are 6 players in the NBA that Fox coached and probably after this year Leslie and Trey will join the ranks. I promise Royal and others are aware of this.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2010
4:34 pm

It’s a new day in Athens regarding basketball. Our coach can coach, he is not a crook, he does not have a son writing courses for college credit and he can recruit.

Hewitt is a fading light. He underachieves with the talent he has recruited.

fox will own him completely in 2 years.

EagleNationRising

September 27th, 2010
4:56 pm

OK Guys: That is a silly comparison. Paul Hewitt did not have any guys in the league when he was the head coach at Siena College in New York prior to taking the Georgia Tech job. Mark Fox just got to Georgia. Give the guy a break. If anyone is an objective basketball fan and they are pretending that Paul Hewitt can coach, that person is fooling themselves. Heck, I question his ability to recruit when I see all of the kids from Atlanta playing for programs outside of the state. I am still attempting to determine how Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech with a team full of Georgia players. The academic argument at Georgia Tech loses validity when programs like Wake Forest are signing kids from Norcross.

Charlton Young is entering his second season as the head coach at Georgia Southern. He was the recruiting coordinator for Georgia Tech. Trust me. We are all about to see that guy’s value to Hewitt. Georgia is beginning to sign to players here. That would have never happened on Young’s watch at Georgia Tech. Hewitt is in trouble.

EagleNationRising

September 27th, 2010
4:57 pm

People question Fox at their own peril. This guy is legit.

James

September 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

If he wants to win, play in the ACC with a good education and go to the NBA he should go to GT. If he wants to go to the crappy SEC and finish last he should go to UGA. No brainer. Fox the most overrated coach I have seen in a while. 14-17 and last in the Sec east with Thompkins and Leslie but he such a great coach. LMAO

EagleNationRising

September 27th, 2010
5:39 pm

James: You obviously forgot his record at Nevada and the FACT that Paul Hewitt went 2-14 in the ACC during the 2009 season. I do not believe that Mark Fox is the gold standard. I can tell you that you will not find another coach that has guided two undrafted players who then became NBA starters. I have never heard of such a thing. It is everyday life under Paul Hewitt.

Two players have been regular starters in the NBA and were not even All-ACC under the guidance of Paul Hewitt. Someone please explain (Anthony Morrow and Will Bynum). The guy clearly can’t coach.

Fire Paul Bewitt

September 27th, 2010
5:44 pm

I love GT but I wouldn’t let my dog play for Paul Hewitt. The School and other programs are great!

GT Fan

September 27th, 2010
6:23 pm

Been a GT fan since 1956 when my dad took me to games. Hewitt is a joke with no X & 0’s. Depends on his Asst Coaches for everything except his smooth talk “spin” that got him that $7 mills contract. Had to be a stupid AD that would sign the damn thing.
Coach Fox is a Coach with Character and morals and knows his Basketball. The difference is night and day. Fox beat GT this year with less talent and that speaks well for him. I’m not a UGA fan but I know a good Coach when I see one. You do the math.
I will support all GT sports except Paul Hewitts program and pray his time will be short because I miss Basketball. (Do enjoy the womens program.)

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

September 27th, 2010
7:04 pm

I wouldn’t argue that hewitt has been up and down at GT but these are still two different programs based on the substance of players put in the NBA and going to the postseason…PLAIN AND SIMPLE! If anyone can’t see that, they are brainless.

My point is that UGAY will never be anything in hoops! Never has and never will! You think that joke of a program in athens could win an ACC title vs the carolinas and dukes as hewitt has done? Hell, we almost won the ACC title last year and played the national champions down to the wire in the finals!
We did beat them once as well! UGAY would have been beaten to death by duke! Give me a break…Georgia is a complete joke in hoops. I have never seen a mark price, kenny anderson,travis best or a chris bosh to name only just a few tech stars who went to the NBA, come out of the laughing stock of a program in athens. The SEC has kentucky an Tenn, Congrats, you have 2 teams they can make a run in the ncaa. The ACC remains the king of the hill in hoops. You want to play against the best players to get NBA ready, YOU PLAY IN THE ACC!

hoops coach

September 27th, 2010
7:15 pm

Julian’ if you go to GT….Hewitt will NOT be the COACH to COACH YOU next year! Why play for a coach…the fans are against and want out of town? And as far you social life….WHY go to all these different places SPELMAN…… GA STATE…AND “MOREHOUSE????MOREHOUSE IS ALL BOYS…HE THINK YOU ARE EDDIE LONG JR……WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO HANG OUT AT MOREHOUSE? WOW

Damion

September 27th, 2010
7:15 pm

Who cares if they were All ACC? Morrow and Bynum clearly had great careers under Hewitt and are now in the NBA. If you want to play in the NBA than GT would be a great place.

We went 2-14 that year because we had 8 players on scholarship and one of those played hurt all year and it affected his game.

FlaDawg

September 27th, 2010
7:26 pm

The kid looks good in red and black!

ok guys

September 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

Morrow and Bynum were not on the 2-14 team but yes Hewitt has underachieved. Fox has not proven anything yet…until he has a winning season its not accurate to proclaim him as a good coach. As other posters have state if the NBA is your goal…GT is by far and away the best option. Look at all the first round draft picks and current Hewitt players in the NBA….the evidence is clearly pointing to that conclusion.

ok guys

September 27th, 2010
9:06 pm

Bynum and Morrow had great careers at GT….as the previous poster stated…they weren’t 5 star prospects or one and dones. Bynum got a second chance at GT(after transferring from Arizona) and Morrow played 4 years under Hewitt while leading the best conference in land(the ACC duh) in several offensive categories. I could understand your argument if they were projected one and dones that went undrafted but these two specific players were not one and done type players. Hewitt coached them into NBA players…its as simple as that. Hewitt has not coached well recently but he can coach when the situation is right and he has the right assistants…see 2004.

Rod from Decatur

September 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

Tech for a Degree or UGA to go to jail – your choice!

UGAY REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

September 27th, 2010
11:11 pm

Hoops coach, your an idiot! He can go to ugay to stare at cows in fields and girls who spread herpes since ugay is the #1 party school in the nation. Thats an awesome social scene there! Hey, UGAY is also number #1 in player arrests and lets not forget the AD who disgraced himself by playing with red panties and trying to bride a police officer to not take him jail! He will be better prepared for life by going to GT with better academics and better prepared by NBA standards considering the talent he will face every game in the ACC! Ugay should stick to womens gymnastics, that’s the only thing they are good at right now! If i had 1,000 bucks for every season ugay’s joke basketball program was sitting at home in the postseason, i would be rich.

buzz

September 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

Who knows kid, if you go to ugay you might get to play in front of 2 or 3 thousand fans …..

royalty

September 27th, 2010
11:39 pm

THE QUESTION IS does he want to play bb in the ACC? Then play for GT and with you on the team, they will beat Duke and win the ACC.

2BT

September 27th, 2010
11:52 pm

Neither are worthy, head north young man. Can’t go wrong – can’t get in trouble in Winston-Salem. ACC > SEc, Wake > GT. (And I’m a GT fan)

Technophobia

September 28th, 2010
12:09 am

Hmmm ACC vs. SEC, city with multiple colleges vs farm town, top notch education vs “party school” seems simple enough and although Wake is a very good school they have less than 5000 students so I’m not so sure about the social life there. I think Tech is your best choice Julian.

Wolverine Fan

September 28th, 2010
6:43 am

Who care about round ball?

Joe

September 28th, 2010
7:53 am

To my uga fans are you really that moronic to think Royal is reading your blogs to make a decision- go back to your wings, beer, and your hooters calendar.

LawDawg

September 28th, 2010
8:16 am

To all Nerd idiots:

Take a look at average attendance figures at home and tell me again about who cares about hoops. Your arguments are invalid. Fox is WAY better than Hewitt (the MOST overrated coach in America and dumbest bench coach too).Tech has done less with more than any team in the country. Social scene at Morehouse, etc.? My goodness, that should tell you something right there.

LawDawg

September 28th, 2010
8:18 am

Buzz,

If he goes to Tech he can play in front of 2 thousand Nerds wearing piss-colored wigs bopping up and down to the Budweiser song. Man, what a thrill!!!

LawDawg

September 28th, 2010
8:19 am

Joe Dirt = rejected Nerd living in Mommy’s basement

JimO

September 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Look at the number of NBA scouts at Tech’s games vs UGA’s games. Besides the Hawks being in town, Atlanta is a hub and scouts get to see lots of ACC talent while there. Is it any wonder Tech has had a few undrafted players make it – Morris, West come to mind but sure there are others..

Tech Hoops

September 28th, 2010
8:48 am

By underachieve you mean to get beat by a #2 seed in the NCAA when your team that beat us in Jan “watched” the NCAA’s

Hewitt prepares to make a run for the tournament. He loses more than I’d like but canr eally compete down teh stretch. They played the eventual National Champ tougher than any team in the NCAA tourney at the ACC tourney (which ends up being a home game for Duke or UNC in Greensboro) Remember the runner ups were in their home town and lost to Duke. HEwitt had the 4-6th best FG % defense in the NATION!! Playing in the ACC… and he can’t coach. And he addressed the offense better than I’ve seen this year in the offseason. Fox may have sent guys to the NBA, but HEwitt has sent more. And 2 guys went that may not have at other schools. Playing many shcools that send a lot of folks tot he next level. ACC hoops is insanely more competitive than SEC. Just watch the games. You see so much standing around on offense (no off the ball movement on offense in the SEC) Just watch the games. Except for UK, the rest watch and wait on offense. I’ve seen this for years on TV and in person. If guys stood around that much on Maryland Duke GT or UNC they would get benched. The bottom line is Tech is in a much tougher conference in Hoops just like you SEC guys talk smack about how tough you are in football. Your Basketball conference is not as tough as ours. And although TEch hasn’t made a NCAA run in 6-7 years that really mattered. They have played in 2 ACC titles losing to DUKE. The other teams in the conference can’t say that (except for Duke and UNC) Tech was in the play in round and was 1 great 3 from Schyer from losing the ACC tourney.

Why slander a young man?

September 28th, 2010
8:53 am

By saying he will go to jail if he signs with UGA? Even on the internet, why would anyone accuse Julian Royal of becoming a criminal? That is a low blow in my opinion.

wesleywhatwhat

September 28th, 2010
9:03 am

when georgia tech finally buys out hewitt (or terminates the contract for lack of performance), we can go after butler’s brad stevens since his recently signed contract doesn’t have a large buyout clause.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/seth_davis/09/27/stevens.butler/index.html?

collegeballfan

September 28th, 2010
9:09 am

Until the UGA grads prove that they will get their butts in the stands and support the team, UGA will play in front of high school size crowds.
Royal does not want to play in that atmosphere.

When they played Illinois, an annual Big 10 power, at Gwinnett with only 3500 people in the stands, that said it all about UGA basketball.

UGA basketball is high school stuff.

And the unfortunate part is UGA just hired one of the better coaches in the country in Fox. But he will get no support from the alumni. All UGA alumni know is football.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 28th, 2010
9:10 am

Hewitt hasn’t SENT anybody to the NBA – they made it despite his pitiful coaching and they got out of TECH at the very first opportunity… usually one and done. If Royal wants to get better and develop skills for the NBA then Fox is the answer. He will have an excellent team surrounding him at UGA next year and they will get better every game – unlike Tech under Hewitt which fades as the season goes along. Social life at Tech – is that supposed to be funny?

Always a Jacket

September 28th, 2010
9:16 am

Sounds like a good kid. Any school would be lucky to get him. I wouldn’t recommend GT. Only two things will happen to GTBB in the next few years. Hewitt will be fired or there will be no fans in the brand new upgraded AMC.

gt08

September 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Dog Fan in Grayson: remind me, what 6 players does Fox currently have in the NBA? I think there are 2 from Nevada. Who else makes up the other 6?

dap01

September 28th, 2010
9:54 am

Fox is clearly the better coach. No one at Tech even wanted Hewitt after last season. There was a collective sense of disappointment at Tech when it was announced that he was coming back.

Also, there were more muggings on Tech’s campus last year than wins.

CraZyBullPuPFanS

September 28th, 2010
9:59 am

EagleNationRising —–
People question Fox at their own peril. This guy is legit.

I remember another UGA basketball coach who everyone said was legit!!
How did the whole Dennis Felton thing turn out??

I do think Mark Fox is a good coach. He should win at UGA its not like it’s that hard to turn a program around in the SEC.

CLARK CO. PD

September 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Also, there were more muggings on Tech’s campus last year than wins.

That’s funny b/c there were more bestiality arrests at UGA than wins.
Tie down that sheep hank he’s kickin too much!!

bascogcjs

September 28th, 2010
10:17 am

To GT fans, you have no clue.
The SEC has been better than the ACC on a whole the last 15 plus years.
And GA.’s fan base is just as good as GT.’s.

juvenal

September 28th, 2010
10:25 am

who gets more $ for tv in basketball?

wreck

September 28th, 2010
11:35 am

How far Tech has fallen to make the decision between UGA and Tech even remotely difficult. Just wow.

jroll1

September 28th, 2010
11:46 am

all the gt kids who are in the nba would be there anyway. they are there because of hewitt!!! julian, go to uga where you can play for a coach who knows something about basketball!!!

Brian

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

It’s obvious from all the desparate and pitiful posts from WAY MORE GTu fans than UGA fans that the Techies see the writing on the wall. Hewitt just hasn’t been getting it done. You’re #1 priority should be seeing Hewitt out the door. RIght now, it obviously doesn’t matter who plays under that coach, whether it’s Favors, Bynum, Morrow, Lawal, etc. It’s pathetic. No coach does less with more in college basketball.

Looking forward to seeing a Royal DAWG in the near future.

Milton dad

September 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

Good luck with your decision, Julian. You are a great young man with great parents. You will be fine. (Your only problem may be that you might not have as much talent around you in college as you do at Milton…). Now…let’s go win another state championship!!

Tram

September 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

Follow your heart, Sr. Royal and the rest will take care of it self $$$$