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 :)

[...] fit to be tied, and ultimately 6′-8″ forward Julian Royal of Milton (Alpahretta, GA) went with Georgia Tech, over Georgia.  Royal eliminated Wake Forest from his list recently, leading into the in-state showdown for his [...]

Kenny Anderson

October 14th, 2010
5:31 pm

Basically, this means he’s going to be a one and done because that’s what Hewitt sells.

UGAg b-ball = no

October 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

Said the deciding factor was city > country.

Put that in your corn-cob pipes and smoke it, bumble dawgs. ATL wins out over cow pastures.

Good luck against Vandy, hopefully you improve to 3-4…BAHAHAHAHAHA!

Paul Hewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

I may be a glorified AAU coach who can’t coach his way out of a paperbag but I can recruit the heck out of an 18 yr old kid!

DMAN

October 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

Hell yes we got a basketball team,we smack your sorry asses every year!

GTBob

October 14th, 2010
5:36 pm

Dawgs97, you lost to us the year before that when we had one of our worst teams in history. Either way its basketball. Good teams lose to bad teams all the time. UGA lost to Wofford. GT lost to UGA. It happens. You just have to learn from it and get better.

UGAg b-ball = no

October 14th, 2010
5:36 pm

Hahahaha, I like how every two years is now “every year” Georgia beats Tech in b-ball. Gotta love that math they teach in Athens.

FTM

October 14th, 2010
5:37 pm

beat Duke Beat Duke

Paul Hewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:38 pm

I am the Mark Richt of college basketball. I bring in talent and that talent always underperforms. But, hey, we have a lot of one and dones in the NBA so I can always hang my hat on that when I get canned.

Duke

October 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

GT- win something, then talk smack. Until then, shut your pieholes whipping boys

NoCoach Blewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:45 pm

Is Blewitt still the coach??? Then it doesn’t matter. Only difference is the level of underacheivement. Kid must want to play street ball with no actual semblence of game strategy or play calling.

Hey Blewey start an exhibition game with Machelle’s squad so she can embarrass you worthless tail and you will have to quit in shear shame.

NoCoach Blewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:48 pm

BIGDAWG …. Have you been out of your trailer park in the last year??? UGA Went after Derrick Favors with everything they had and LOST. Damn your a moron, not even a year later and you can’t remember “one” instance of this occuring.

Football Fan

October 14th, 2010
5:53 pm

Who cares? I would rather have Coates and Nick Marshall on UGA anyway. We will still beat Tech this year with Thompkins and Leslie and next year with Coates and Marshall.

NoCoach Blewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:57 pm

meant less than 2 years ago

NoCoach Blewitt

October 14th, 2010
5:58 pm

Football Fan .. I agree I would bet pn UGA as well but not due to the teams skill level. It will solely be based on the worst “coach” in NCAA BB

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
6:04 pm

DAWGS97, like a previous poster said, run your mouth when you just make the NIT because you rednecks will never make the big dance! This kid realized where better BB is played and thats the ACC douche bag! UGAY was a bottom feeder i the SEC last year and fox won 14 games and had 17 losses and your program is such garbage that you fags call that a success? You guys mention your recruits, well GT had a top 4 class in the nation. Shumpert was a all-american and we have signed plenty of those! Georgia sucks in hoops, give me break. Pitiful program

14-17= losers
UGAY FAN BASE= JOE DIRT MIXED WITH JERRY SPRINGER DNA

SUCK IT, YOUR HOOPS PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE NATION!!!!

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
6:12 pm

Football fan, you may get a rival win vs GT but at the end of the day, we put players in the NBA all day long! We also go to the post season which your crappy program never does, not even the pathetic NIT. You can’t compare the two programs. You can’t even sell out games in that dump up there, because nobody gives a sh*t about your joke of a BB program.

UGAY has 5 post season appearances in it’s existence. Hewitt has done that in his tenure at GT, not including what bobby cremins did at GT. Get a clue idiot

Atlanta Dawg

October 14th, 2010
6:14 pm

I am a Dawg but still want to offer my congrats. I have heard JR is a good kid who will be what PH has never had – A big man who will stay for 4 years. I have seen him play several times and he will be a good college player but not a great one. I don’t see an NBA future because he is probably closer to 6′7. Not many 6′7 PF in the NBA.

DawgMAN

October 14th, 2010
6:15 pm

Congrats to this young man. Wish he was going to UGA!!!

My adivce – stay a few years and also focus on your education!

Our State is blessed with great schools – UGA and GT are both fantastic!!! I wish you the best except for one game each year!

Go Dawgs!!!

Douglas

October 14th, 2010
6:17 pm

What a freaking mistake? And who are these GT fans criticizing UGA — we beat you in basketball even when you have better talent. Get real. Hewitt can recruit but he cannot coach. For any of you GT fans who believe that, you are delusional….and to be so “smart” you do not sound very bright.

GreenJacket

October 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

Remind me again…who is uga’s coach?

Paul in RDU

October 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Going head to head with Fox at UGA, Royal was a “must get” for Hewitt, so this is good to see.
The ACC is not going to be “wide open” this year – it’s going to be the usual suspects at the top (the guys in the different shades of blue) with a bunch of teams (NCState, FSU, GT, etc) trying to get to #3.

miltonstudent

October 14th, 2010
6:25 pm

i love how someone commented georgia has a basketball team? i sort of remember uga beating tech in basketball last year, the year before that, andthe year before that congrats man

Albert C.

October 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

Any intelligent basketball player will pick the ACC over the SEC, just as any intelligent football player will pick the SEC over the ACC. Next issue?

PTC DAWG

October 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

Congratulations to the kid…..Good to see UGA in the mix. GT got a good one.

Paul in RDU

October 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

Atlanta Dawg – classy post. Hewitt has had 1 big guy stay for 4 years – Luke Schenscher who, coincidentally, was the starting center on the Final Four team.

GoJackets

October 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

and he can make foul shots!!!! Congrats young man and I look forward to seeing you in the Thrillerdome!

UGASlobberknocker

October 14th, 2010
6:40 pm

Dammit! I thought the Dawgs had a chance on this guy.

We’re gonna have to have a couple of good seasons back to back before guys like this start coming to Athens.

Congrats to all you Techies..I begrudgingly ack your basketball superiority..just hope we catch up soon.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

This should help our annual Run for the Bubble.

Still won’t save Phewitts job. I just glad UGAg didn’t get him.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
6:47 pm

Douglas here is some info in regards to the series in hoops between GT and GEORGIA.

The Georgia Tech and Georgia basketball rivalry can be just as heated as its football counterpart. The two teams have played 185 times with Georgia Tech holding 101 wins over Georgia’s 85 wins. The first game between the two basketball teams was on March 10, 1906. Georgia Tech won the game 27-13 in Athens. The longest winning streak by UGA was 7 games, which occurred twice from 1909–1921 and from 1980–1984. Georgia Tech accumulated a 10 game winning streak, its longest over UGA, from 1958–1961. The series is dominated by the home team. The home record since 1906 is 111-52 (68.1%) while 23 games in the series have been played on neutral courts.[25]
The Georgia Tech vs. Georgia game was played in the Omni Coliseum for 13 years beginning in 1981 and ending in 1994. The series in the Omni favored the Yellow Jackets with an 8-6 record.[25] The neutrality of the Omni, because of its proximity to Georgia Tech, came into question by the UGA athletic department in 1993 so the series was renewed as an alternating home court event. The home team has won every game but one since the home court advantage was reinstated. Since 1994, the Tech-UGA basketball game has had the highest average attendance for both teams at their respective stadiums.

So with GT owning your A** in the series and having played for a national title and won conference titles as well, we can correct you idiot UGAY fans when you try to act like you are important in hoops. 5 post season trips in your existence is just pathetic. You always have gymnastics douglas! I don’t know why any UGAY fan would really try to say UGAY is better or that fox is a better coach?? Hewitt has won 20 plus games multiple times and played for a national title! Tell me again what fox has done in his career to even be in the same discussion as hewitt? It surely isn’t the 14–17 record with 2 future 1st rounders in your lineup is it? You guys would be beaten by a duke program by at least 30 points! Just make the NIT first then win 20 plus games for a change, have some lotto picks and then we can discuss fox to hewitt. Talk about delusional fans in athens! Wow

German Shepherd Dawg

October 14th, 2010
6:50 pm

Darn.

I wanted to congratulate the Techies for getting a good player, but you guys can’t even take winning gracefully.

Nevertheless, I hope he has great games for Tech except for one per year. Wish he was a Dawg. Still, we’re on the rise.

Maybe Julian can delay the Yellow Jackets fade into oblivion.

German Shepherd Dawg

October 14th, 2010
6:55 pm

“Ramble on” is prescient.

Vegas Jackette

October 14th, 2010
6:59 pm

FINAL FOUR BABY FINAL FOUR, welcome to GT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegas Jackette

October 14th, 2010
7:01 pm

don’t listen to these dogpoopies, they have nothing to do but try to discourage you..but if they had any authority at all, they wouldn’t be trolling these blogs 24/7 anyway

UGA NCAA appearances

October 14th, 2010
7:16 pm

To the poster who keeps saying 5 UGA post season appearances, don’t know where you got your information, but the number of NCAA appearances is 9, not counting NIT (which really aren’t worth counting). The great thing is, and don’t take partisan UGA fans words for it, but go by what savvy basketball people are saying, the Dogs are fixing to enter an era with regular dancing in March.

To the same poster, glad you are thrilled with Hewitt, because many Tech fans are not. From all I can gather, Coach Hewitt is a class individual, and a superb recruiter. That said, most objective fans are not impressed with his game coaching. Thanks to Dave Braine, Hewitt is going to be a big winner notwithstanding his record. He can laugh all the way to the bank with that lifetime rollover contract.

RxDawg

October 14th, 2010
7:25 pm

Awe man…

Grats to Mr. Royal and the Techies

GT GRAD

October 14th, 2010
7:30 pm

Good decision…….I wish him well.

Paul Hewitt will be at GT for a long long time. All true GT fans should support him and the entire team.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
7:35 pm

You are correct UGA NCAA.. I should have said 5 Since 1980.

I don’t disagree with everything you say about hewitt but your beloved dawgfans keep posting that fox is so much better and i say based on what merit? 14-17 with 2 future 1st rounders is not going to cause hewitt to shake in his boots. GT has been a bad road team under hewitt and a bunch of turnovers have plagued him. However i think his days are numbered and i think GT will get a solid coach in place the next go around without question.

DRAD is as good as it gets as the AD, so i have complete faith the next GT coach will continue a great tradition in hoops at GT! We have been to a final four in this decade and the last, so i hope we can keep that going and continue to put players into the NBA. It is very difficult to make a run all the way to the final four and i appreciate what PH did that season. 23 wins last year isn’t bad either!

The Rock

October 14th, 2010
7:38 pm

Guys, a lot of you on this blog need to grow up fast.Why can’t we congratulate the you man and the institution he thought was best for him to further his aspirations in life without being so negative.You wonder why America is degenerating as fast as it is today?

The Rock

October 14th, 2010
7:42 pm

meant’young man’

South Ga Dawg

October 14th, 2010
7:43 pm

Dawgs are on the rise big guy!! Your bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacketman

October 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

Smart choice, young man.

Bravesfan79

October 14th, 2010
8:27 pm

GT BABY!! Still dissapointed in the tourney run last year tho. We had 2 of the best big men in the country, and should of been more dominant!

GT Sambo

October 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

First, I don’t disagree that GT could have a tough year this year and getting back to the NCAA tournament could tough after losing two good players to the NBA. However, I will note to all the UGA fans that at least went to the NCAA tournament last year and we went to the Final Four in 2004. Everyone talks up UGA and how they are on the rise. Well that UGA b-ball on the rise still finished with a losing record last year, so the good news is that you have tremendous upside potential and you can’t get much worse.

Chuck Allison

October 14th, 2010
9:03 pm

He should have gone to UGA and played for Mark Fox. The less talent Hewitt has, the sooner we can get rid of him, I hope. I think Royal may just be afraid of playing on the same campus with all the UGA criminals. He doesn’t want to get drawn into a life of crime. Also, Mark likes his players to stay more than one year, and Hewitt thinks diplomas are worthless in the NBA.

GT Insider

October 14th, 2010
9:08 pm

Hope I get to kiss him ?

observer

October 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

Julian, congratulations on a job well done!! Your work ethic, determination, dedication, natural talent and passion landed you where you are today. Success will always follow those attributes. Look forward to watching the Milton basketball team this season and wish you the best with your future at GT!

Drago

October 14th, 2010
9:25 pm

He will be a man among, . . among . . . . among ….. tekkies.

Tickle pile here I come.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IL Jacket

October 14th, 2010
9:37 pm

Congratulations, Julian and welcome to the Georgia Tech family. We all look forward to your continued success both on the basketball court and off. Well done.

MILTON GIT SOME

October 14th, 2010
10:08 pm

i go to milton hs and i can say GT got a pf beast. all julian does is dominate people inside and tech is relatively small so they needed him. him along with shannon and dai-jon and our jr foward evan nolte (remember the name) make one of the best hs teams in the country

Buzz ME

October 14th, 2010
10:09 pm

Congrats Julian. I watch you play at Milton and you will go down as one of the best, if not the best to ever play for the Yellow Jackets. We are so proud to have you. Take the state again and we will see you next year. Your parents must be so proud of you.

dawgdawgdawg

October 14th, 2010
10:23 pm

I love how all of these Tech fans like to rag on SEC basketball….even though they lost to UGA last year and Kentucky AND Tennessee went a lot deeper in the tourney than most of the ACC teams did. ACC basketball is Duke and UNC – you Tech losers aren’t even in the same boat, so don’t flatter yourselves. You’ll load up on one-and-dones once again and lose 1st or 2nd round of the tourney. With all of the supposed “talent” and “coaching” you guys have, you would think you’d have a recent national title. All you guys do is talk crap about UGA, yet we STILL beat you in our down years, in football AND basketball. You did manage to pull one out on us in baseball, so maybe you guys should just stick to that.

yoursporthouse.com

October 14th, 2010
10:43 pm

Milton High’s Julian Royal committed to the Yellow Jackets over the Georgia Bulldogs. The 6′9 power forward chose Georgia Tech and may receive instant playing time for the Rambling Wreck. Royal is Milton’s all-time leading career scorer with 1,602 points. That’s big for Tech!

Richard Cranium

October 14th, 2010
11:13 pm

The inbreds just don’t know how to be magnanimous, huh.

Old Gold

October 14th, 2010
11:41 pm

Just don’t get mugged at the Joke by the Coke

Paul in RDU

October 15th, 2010
12:12 am

dawgdawgdawg – 5 out of the last 10 NCAA championships have been won by ACC teams – 2 each for UNF and Duke and 1 for MD. In the same time period, the SEC has 2 – both from UF. Wouldn’t you say that demonstrates that the ACC is stronger and deeper than the SEC? The UGA fans talk all the time how great UGA is in football because the SEC has won 5 Mythical NC’s in the last 10 years.

Paul in RDU

October 15th, 2010
12:14 am

5 out of 10 – 2 each for UNC and Duke, 1 for MD

Milton fan

October 15th, 2010
12:54 am

congratulations to Julian and his parents for hard work (and good genetics) and respect for fundamentals culminating in the American Dream: a college education. Just wish it had been UGA. Go Milton. To the State!

Jared Garfield

October 15th, 2010
12:55 am

I am a UGA Alum, and root for them in everything, but Congratulations to Georgia Tech, they are getting a fine role model and outstanding athlete. I know Julian’s father, and this is a class act family. I will now be a huge Georgia Tech fan every game but two!

Douglas

October 15th, 2010
6:58 am

Milton Students: sounds like ya’ll need to remind Julian how terrible a coach Hewitt is and how good of a coach Fox is. I have nothing personally against the guy but he is going to play for an inferior coach. The only reason GT has not fired him is because they cannot afford the payout.

Munson's Toupee

October 15th, 2010
7:19 am

Surprise! Surprise! It must have been that inspirational private talk by Damon Evans that helped this young man make his decision.

Boyd's mistress

October 15th, 2010
7:39 am

He is a good highschool PF but can he bang in the ACC?

goatD

October 15th, 2010
7:42 am

The preponderance of Dawg fans on here shows us something, doesn’t it? GT is irrelevant….I don’t care…..He’s a one-and-done…. C’mon, boys, you gotta do better than that. Ease on back over to your own blogsites; you’ve got plenty to worry about with Vandy and Kentucky coming up. You should beat ‘em…but what if you don’t? Oh, No-o-o-o-o

Tech Man

October 15th, 2010
8:42 am

Dawg fans – I’ll trade you this kid for your coach. Any interest? Didn’t think so.

We’re proud you chose Tech, Julian. I hope you stick around awhile and earn a degree. I hope Mr. Hewitt figures a few things out this year. Hope is all I’ve got on this one.

Tech Grad 10

October 15th, 2010
9:03 am

Glad we got this guy, and hate Hewitt, but I hardly think calling Fox a great Bball coach is legitimate at this point. Either way, the odds of this player being one and done are slim. We had Gani Lawal come in as a 5 star who dominated high school, and he lasted 3 years. Julian isn’t up to his level at this point, but a great pick up for us.

juvenal

October 15th, 2010
9:06 am

i can say the same thing about uga roundball fans that Ghandi said about Christians-i’ve never met one……

Dawgtards ruin this state

October 15th, 2010
10:01 am

Puppies need to play one season over .500 and make the NIT before they have arrived. NCAA is not happening this year, you morons. Once Fox gets his .500 season and a NIT bid, he’s gone from your cow college and will coach a big time school somewhere else. (Just like Tubby Smith) thUGA is a stepping stone, not a destination.

BigTimeTECHFan

October 15th, 2010
10:08 am

Sweet, good luck Julian, play hard, study hard, stay healthy, looking forwar to seeing you play. I may even go to see a Milton game this year.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 15th, 2010
10:15 am

Maybe Royal can save Hewitt’s job but I doubt it. He is going to a good school on a downward path with their basketball program. I expect he will be at Tech all 4 years since Hewitt will be replaced next year after missing the NCAA tournament. It will take another 2-3 years after that for the new coach to rebuild Hewitt’s disaster. He has talent but not ONE and DONE talent.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Dawgtards: you ruin the state with your vile vents – move to Jersey where you will be accepted. UGA beat Tech last year and will do it TWICE this year and they will be in the NCAA tornament. Odds are that after 6 games Hewitt will be roasted on the TECH vent and there will be a loud cry for his removal once again.. He is not a very good head coach – sorry.

Milton dad

October 15th, 2010
11:00 am

Boyd’s mistress: that is a good poiont. That has always been my one question about julian. He is so fluid for a big, but there is not much room for finesse in the ACC. Favors was much better built than julian and look how much trouble he had establishing himself. He did not go in and get his easy 20 like I would have thought. I am high on Julian, just wonder how he will respond to the physical play he is about to see. Wish him well. Now, Dai Jon: where ya goin?

Long Gator

October 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Julian is a great player AND quality young man.

It makes sense that he stayed away from the UGA penitentiary.

Burdell

October 15th, 2010
11:13 am

It’s tough for an 18-year old to come right in and play with the big boys in the ACC. Give him a few years of body development and he’ll bang for sure!

FalconUGAFan

October 15th, 2010
11:36 am

Congrats to GT..When a young man listens to his heart, you can’t fault him. Good luck except when you play UGA :)

P. Gail Royal

October 15th, 2010
11:45 am

Congrats Julian!!!! I am truly so proud of you! Save my seat! Lol!

P. Gail Royal

October 15th, 2010
11:46 am

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UGA fans are so ....

October 15th, 2010
11:52 am

Before we anoint Mark Fox as the Second Coming, wouldn’t you think he’d have to win a ROAD GAME first? Yes, he won a game in the SEC tourney, but that was at a NEUTRAL site!

bascogcjs

October 15th, 2010
11:52 am

Burdell, you better be ready to play as an 18 yr. old.
All the great players are gone by their jr. year.
All of college b-ball is filled with 18 yr. olds making huge impacts.

Red Panties Rick

October 15th, 2010
11:53 am

He will miss seeing, of course, the hundreds of red panties UGA fans will be waving after each score…..

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 15th, 2010
12:23 pm

FLO RI DUH… You giving GT lessons about the NCAA tournament is really funny considering your joke of a program never EVEN MAKES THE DAMN TOURNAMENT! How delusional can you really be? You went 14-17 and sat at home during the post season while we won 23 games and played for the ACC title dumba**! We have beaten duke and unc and maryland. UGAY would get drummed by 30 points at the hands of those schools. Congrats on stepping up and playing hard against your rival because outside of that, you guys suck and always have. Leave serious hoops discussions to the teams that matter on the national scale not last place teams from the sec!

You can run your d**ksucker when you actually know what it’s like to win 20 plus games at that loser school up in the cesspool! Try putting some lotto picks out or even just making the NIT would be a great start for your SEC bottom feeding school. Idiot

Fire Paul Bewitt

October 15th, 2010
2:00 pm

Welcome to GT….Love watching u play and sure u will make us better.
I still hope that stupid DA Coach is fired asp!

GT Fan

October 15th, 2010
2:07 pm

Lets be clear looking at all GT blogs Paul Hewitt is killing us in the PR dept. Most fans don’t want are like him and its bad PR for our school. Rads needs to Wake up and Fire Paul Hewitt. Get the $7 million.

Julian's Friend

October 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

GT 101- UGA 85…. GT OWNS THE DOGS….

Julian's Friend

October 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

TECH WILL WIN THIS YEAR LIKE THEY HAVE IN YEARS PAST AT HOME

Habdawg

October 15th, 2010
2:28 pm

Congratulations young man. Hope you will have a stellar career except when playing UGA!

Courtney has a man face

October 15th, 2010
4:11 pm

SOUR GRAPES!!! All you UGA fans!!! SOUR GRAPES!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

Does UGAy really think they can build and sustain a quality bball program? I wouldn’t be so quick to crown Mark Fox your savior. thUGA will rear its jail-prone head on the bball court as well.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 15th, 2010
4:13 pm

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.

This is an inaccurate statement, second rounders sometimes get guaranteed contracts as well. Remember Louis Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers. His contract was guaranteed when he was drafted out of high school in the second round.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 15th, 2010
6:06 pm

GT fan,

Fire paul hewitt and payout 7 million when he has hardly nothing left of his contract? We are cash strapped man. Have you seen CPJ contract? It’s huge considering GT will never pay a football coach huge money like a saban or mack brown. We can’t fire hewitt and that is stupid. Go blame dave braine for that mess. Oh, thats right he is gone! Get over it man, it is what it is and GT will not fire hewitt or they would have done it 2 years ago! I’m sure we have 7 million just laying around to fire hewitt? Sure

GT Fan

October 15th, 2010
8:53 pm

nothing left on contract..?..hell! It rolls over every year. I know whats going on..I support all programs and his a@@ will be gone before long……
U half right..do your home work.

Bewitts a joke

October 15th, 2010
9:00 pm

UGA has a good Basketball coach. I support all State Schools and what goes around comes around. We also have some Joe dirt, be nice.

Fire Paul whats his name

October 15th, 2010
9:09 pm

Hey Joe Dirt-U right “it is what it is” and U know what that is.

Douglas

October 16th, 2010
12:43 am

Hey Joe Dirt…i looked up A__hole in the dictionary..and gosh..i saw ur picture..any more commmens?

Walker Texas Ranger

October 16th, 2010
10:27 am

Julian said that this recruiting process was almost as intense as the time he was being recruited by Boyd at Milton.

GT VET

October 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

Uhmmm dawgdawgdawg,Im still trying to figure the ,GT pulled one (baseball game) out on us last year statement..1..pulled 1 game out on uga?try 3 peanut..yes GT swept uga last year..ohh and im sure u remember the 26-5 butt kicking.Maybe that one hurt so bad its the ONLY one you can remember.btw your welcome for the reminder..Congrats Julian…GO JACKETS!!

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