Georgia Tech edges out archrival UGA for Atlanta basketball star (UPDATED)

Georgia Tech edged out archival Georgia for one of the state’s top basketball prospects on Thursday.

Milton High’s Julian Royal committed to the Yellow Jackets over the Bulldogs in front about 150 students and supporters at the school gym.

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“It was so close,” Royal said. “If I could go to both schools, I would. It’s just that I woke up [Thursday]  morning with the feeling that I needed to go to Georgia Tech. That’s where my heart led me to go.”

The 6-foot-9 power forward said he will sign with Georgia Tech on Nov. 10. He showed up for the ceremony in a blue suit, and then whipped out a Yellow Jackets baseball cap to put on his head.

“I picked Georgia Tech because of the feeling of being in Atlanta,” Royal said. “I’ve been at basketball camps for years at Georgia Tech, so there’s a comfort zone there for me.”

It was a big win for the Yellow Jackets, where Royal is expected to compete for immediate playing time. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt made it repeatedly known to Royal that he was the No. 1 priority of this year’s recruiting class.

“They are getting a post player who has a tremendous amount of skill and versatility,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “He is someone who can play well in the post area and step out there and consistently shoot 3-pointers.”

Last year as a junior, Royal averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds while leading Milton to the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification. He made two clutch foul shots with no time on the clock in a 52-51 win over Norcross in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Royal had more than 30 early scholarship offers and narrowed down to Georgia, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest in recent months. He eliminated Wake Forest last week, making the two in-state rivals his finalists.

With his senior season left to play, Royal is Milton’s all-time leading career scorer with 1,602 points. He is one of six Milton players who has been offered a major-college scholarship. Point guard Shannon Scott has committed to Ohio State, while shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker is considering multiple offers, including Georgia.

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146 comments Add your comment

gt08

October 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

woo! go tech!

Speedygurl

October 14th, 2010
4:21 pm

He’s gonna use his brain and ball. Congrats!

Dasher

October 14th, 2010
4:23 pm

Dawg House

October 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

With Favors: (((((73-66)))))

With OUT Favors: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

SatchelBuzz

October 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

Congrats Julian,….Go ‘Jackets!!

THWG!!

collegeballfan

October 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

As I said earlier, if he will be a one and done he will not help the program. He will help for the one year.

And, as always, we trust he did what he thought was best for him.
In today’s world you better watch out for yourself, no other person will.

And, as always, watch the UGA fans trash him since he did not announce for them. But they will not only be immature but wrong. If the UGA grads get off their “football only” thinking and support Coach Fox, the next time this happens, UGA will get the recruit.

Dawg House

October 14th, 2010
4:28 pm

Arent ALL Techies SCREA for Hewitt’s immediate absense??

How is this young man going to feel when Tech has the HORRIBLE season they are about to have, then listen to his future fanbase go nuts…. again.

Concerned

October 14th, 2010
4:29 pm

You made the right choice young man.

GT man

October 14th, 2010
4:30 pm

Finally,Blewitt got us one!!!! Just the Georgia Tech degree alone is worth the time. Welcome to GT!!!!

Dawg House LOL

October 14th, 2010
4:31 pm

GT will not be horrible this year..wishful thinking on your part. We are going to have a VERY GOOD backcourt. Royal with a smart decision picking GT! UGA BBALL HAHAHAHHA

WE FAST BREAK THIS STATE

October 14th, 2010
4:33 pm

‘Nuff said.

Bryan G.

October 14th, 2010
4:33 pm

GT Man….the….um….Tech degree?

Do you really tink he’s going to get a degree at Tech? I don’t disagree that Tech is a great school, but come on.

GreenJacket

October 14th, 2010
4:35 pm

Excellent get for Paul Hewitt and the Jackets. World order is as it should be. It’s nice to be both a basketball and a football school.

I'll Jarvis your Hayes

October 14th, 2010
4:36 pm

Dawgtards ruin this state

October 14th, 2010
4:37 pm

nobody wants to go to thUGA!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 14th, 2010
4:38 pm

Smart choice, better competition in the ACC. He’ll showcase his talents for the NBA for a season or two in the best basketball conference in the land and then head for the $$.

Congrats to Royal and Tech!

DamntheButcher

October 14th, 2010
4:39 pm

Let all the one year and then to the NBA players go to Tech. That is a plan for bad teams year after year. I will take an averave player for 4 years vs a great player for 1 year.

Slick

October 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

UGA has a basketball team?

Dawgs 4 Hewitt

October 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

Hope he enjoys GTU because Paul Hewitt will be fired next year.

Draggin' Fly

October 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

GT man:
“Finally,Blewitt got us one!!!! Just the Georgia Tech degree alone is worth the time.”

Don’t get the kid’s hopes up. Isn’t the graduation rate for roundball players only 38% at Tech? He should have gone to Wake (100%) if he wants a degree.

Bryan G.

October 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

Yes they do Slick. As a matter of fact, they had a walk-on, short white boy who last year outscored Derrick Favors when they played Tech.

dawg house is a terd

October 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

Princess…worry about your own team..or focus on the here and now…2-4 ugag foosball!

Burdell

October 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

From what I hear this kid is no one and done…but that might be wishful thinking on my part. Only time will tell. Good luck on your senior season Julian…enjoy your free time while you still have some.

GO JACKETS!!

GStateBen

October 14th, 2010
4:47 pm

Good luck to him and I hope he gets development some where else. Tech can’t fire Hewitt without paying him $7 million. He’s the worst in game coach in Division 1 basketball and consistently wastes talent. The ACC should be wide open but Tech will likely finish at .500 again.

Ouch.

Milton Student

October 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

CONGRATS Julian! i was there during the decision!

Slick

October 14th, 2010
4:52 pm

Really?? UGA has a basketball team?

Eric

October 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

I was there Julians my boy!

Go Big Dawgs!

October 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

Good job gt maybe itll be a closer game this year. oh yah i forgot favors left for the nba and leslie and thompkins stayed. well maybe you guys will win again the year after next.

JM

October 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

For those that may not know Julian is a great Power Forward who plays for Milton HS. http://georgiatech.scout.com/a.z?s=140&p=8&c=1&nid=3427653

ManUp...

October 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

Oh, the whining!

Look, you won the game last year, but did you really think that meant you’d caught up with Tech as a program? Give it the time it takes, pups. It’s the same thing we’re realizing in football this season. It takes consistent growth in managable steps to build a national program for the longterm in a money sport like FB or BB.

JM

October 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

He’s currently rated a 4 star player by Scout and a 5 star by Rivals, if anyones interested.

Worm

October 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

Would have LOVED it if you’d been a Dawg, BUT, good luck to you!

Go Big Dawgs!

October 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

what does it matter kid wouldnt have started at uga anyway. if thompkins left he might have chose uga

Moonlight Mile

October 14th, 2010
4:57 pm

Darn! Dawgs may still be a year or two away from getting players like Julian. Still have no idea how Hewitt recruits as well as he does.

Go Tech

October 14th, 2010
4:59 pm

Yes another big recruit and another loss for the mutts

Eric

October 14th, 2010
5:01 pm

As a Georgia fan, I would have loved to have had Julian, but he is going to be successful wherever he goes. Georgia will be fine. We’re finally on the right track.

go dawgs

October 14th, 2010
5:01 pm

Julian is nowhere near a one and done. Maybe three years, maybe. In all likelihood, he’ll be a four year guy. Oh and by the way Tech? He’s scared to bang in the paint. Rather sit on the edge and shoot than do the dirty grunt work down low. He isn’t Favors. Not even close

Bruce Mac

October 14th, 2010
5:04 pm

Congratulations to Julisn, you have selected a great university and Mr. Hewitt is a good man and solid BBall coach. I do hope you lose at least once a year but other than that its a great day for you and The Jackets. Go Dawgs.

The Ole Ball Coach

October 14th, 2010
5:06 pm

UGA beats Tech each year – UGA will be a dynasty under Fox.

Bad Choice

Don't Forget

October 14th, 2010
5:07 pm

UGA still received a commitment from Kentavious Caldwell, the number 11 player in the nation according to Rivals. #3 SG in the country and top player in the state. I definitely hate that Royal didn’t want to play for UGA, but hopefully the Dawgs will go out and show him that he made the wrong decision.

With that said, Moonlight Mile, it seems that Fox knows how to get players of Julian’s quality.

Go Tech, again, #11 player in the nation.

BIG DAWG

October 14th, 2010
5:07 pm

Tech finally got one UGA wanted. Can’t remember the last time that happened with a big recruit. Maybe he will save Hewitt’s job if Hewitt last beyond this season.

Sour Grapes

October 14th, 2010
5:14 pm

Don’t you love these dog fans. Oh how jealous they are of our school and athletic programs.

2-4 dawgs…how does it feel??/

Joe

October 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

Good luck! Prepare for an annual beatdown against the Dawgs and enjoy the new coach after next season!

Laughing

October 14th, 2010
5:20 pm

I really wish UGA would at least make the NIT before they start talking trash about BBall.

Dawgs97

October 14th, 2010
5:23 pm

Yeah, smart choice. Go sign for a coach who’s going to be out of work come February. Mark Fox is Paul Hewitt’s daddy. To quote Ogre….”Nerrrdddddsssssss!!!!!”

TampaDawg

October 14th, 2010
5:24 pm

Sour Grapes, I would worry about UGA’s football record too much since everybody knows UGA will win the last regular season game of the season AGAIN!! As for Royal, he is a great player and would’ve loved to have had him but we can’t win them all. Hopefully Parker will sign with UGA and they can get another big time recruit they are after. And yes Tech may have more prestige when it comes to basketball but they are not the better program anymore. Good luck Julian

GTBob

October 14th, 2010
5:25 pm

UGA fans should feel honored that they were in contention against teams like Tech and Wake.

Delbert D.

October 14th, 2010
5:26 pm

Did he sign a 3 year contract with an option for the 4th year? No? Then, I’m not interested.

layinlow

October 14th, 2010
5:27 pm

Why does everbody think that all of these recruits are one and done? In the NBA only FIRST rounders get guaranteed contracts. Thats means only 30 players picked from the entire globe now that foreign born players make up a large part of the draft. Royal is rated the 90th best prospect in America, according to rivals, so his chances of being a one and done are very minimal. Of course that is good for GT.

As a UGA fan I want to extend my congrats to Tech for getting a good player. But Mr. Fox will get his fair share of top Georgia talent in the next few years, so game on.

Dawgs97

October 14th, 2010
5:29 pm

Laughing,

Yeah, maybe we didn’t even make the NIT last year, you’re right, but hell, at least we always beat Tech :)