It’s Decision Day — Georgia Tech or UGA for Milton High’s Julian Royal?

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It’s decision day for Milton High’s Julian Royal, who will decide between Georgia Tech and UGA on Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-9 power forward is one of the nation’s top 100 college basketball prospects. His impending commitment has generated more than your normal amount of interest among local basketball followers, and it’s not only because he’s a talented player.

A lot of it has to do with that this is a rare head-to-head battle between archrivals Georgia Tech and UGA for an elite player. While both schools often have been known to offer scholarships to the same homegrown player, they are rarely the last two schools standing with a prospect.

So which will it be — Georgia Tech or UGA? We asked Milton coach David Boyd for some inside information on Wednesday night.

Milton's Julian Royal (AJC)

Milton's Julian Royal (AJC)

“Julian has been pretty coy about it,” Boyd said with a laugh. “I saw him on Wednesday and it was like ‘Are you going to tell me?’ And I got that look and smile from Julian where it was like ‘You’re pretty much going to know when everyone else finds out.’ I’m sure he will let me know a little bit beforehand on Thursday, but he has really kept all of this close to the vest.”

Note: What do I think? Based on my past conversations with Julian, his family and people around him, it seems like Julian is leaning toward UGA, while his parents slightly favor Georgia Tech. Tough call there.

What do you think? Please make your predictions below and we’ll see who was right.

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162 comments Add your comment

Flagboy U

October 14th, 2010
12:11 am

First, I’M FIRST. BWAHAHAHAHA. Now back to world of warcraft :)

Jimmy

October 14th, 2010
12:12 am

He’s bringing his talent and 20 sided dice to GA Tech

Flagboy

October 14th, 2010
12:13 am

Hope I get to see him on the flats, he sure does twirl my baton.

Stephon Marbury

October 14th, 2010
12:13 am

Come on down to GTU

Reuben Houston

October 14th, 2010
12:15 am

Let me show you around town my brother.

Paul Hewitt

October 14th, 2010
12:27 am

God, I am a terrible coach. Come play for me anyway and I will get you to the NBA.

Clayton

October 14th, 2010
12:42 am

Hopefully its UGA, we all know GT has more prestige as a basketball program but right now, UGA has a better coach and he puts players in the NBA just like Hewitt does. If Royal goes and teams up with Caldwell and if they get Parker then they will be competing for National Championships in 2-3 years. We all know Coach Fox can coach, but hopefully hell have the talent to do it and it all could start with Royal and Caldwell if Royal joins decides to join UGA

royalty

October 14th, 2010
1:14 am

looks like he could bring it to GT and proceed to the final 4

Crenshawcrusher

October 14th, 2010
1:18 am

Clayton – I found an article from 2008 that said at the time GT had 6 players in the league (without Favors or Lawal) and that UGA had 2. Not sure of your comment that UGA gets players into the league as well as GT.

Clayton LOL

October 14th, 2010
1:26 am

Fox goes 14-17 and Clayton thinks he can coach. LMAO

I'll Jarvis your Hayes

October 14th, 2010
1:31 am

UGa has NBA alumni? Could’ve fooled me.

Tech, let’s see…

Thaddeus Young…Chris Bosh…Anthony Morrow…Gani Lawal…Derrick Favors…Will Bynum…Jarrett Jack…Mario West…etc…

5150 P.O.A.D

October 14th, 2010
1:44 am

Does it really matter? He will do laike most good BBall players do and take a few easy classes and be gone to the NBA to smoke his pot and make some Jack as fast as he can. If a school like DUKE is on his list then he probably actually graduate from college and still get a degree.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 14th, 2010
1:54 am

High School baseball is different. You are good then you sign at 16-17 and take the money and give it 4-5 years to get to the show and then decide to play the other sport in college you were good at in high school ie C Weinke 26 yr. old FSU QB and Heisman winner that was a bust in the NFL and MLB, but he got paid and finished his degree.
NBA high school punks go to the NBA get the Huge cash and couldn’t ever pass a college class ever again. If they fail out of the NBA they bounce arounf the “Minor Leagues” still getting High and blowing cash faster than a french hooker can make on dollar day when the fleet arrives in port.

Yellow Jacket Fan

October 14th, 2010
6:39 am

afraid he is going to UGA

AtlantaTree!

October 14th, 2010
7:26 am

STANFORD!
(If he has the grades and test scores.)
The nation’s best combo of academic and athletic success.

Football Fan

October 14th, 2010
7:34 am

Derrick Favors was often a ghost on Hewitt’s team and he was a top-5 NBA talent. Hewitt can recruit them but Mark Fox can develop them.

skydawg

October 14th, 2010
7:36 am

You Nerds get over yourselves. These Milton kids already have ties to UGA with Connor Nolte on the team. Royal is going to UGA. He, as well as many others see the upside at UGA when GT will be replacing its coach after this season with another sub-par year.

The Ole Ball Coach

October 14th, 2010
7:56 am

UGA will become a dynasty under Fox

JB

October 14th, 2010
8:09 am

If he does decide to go to UGA, watch all the maggots go into hysteria and then say that they didn’t want him anyway.

Blather on all you like but UGA is starting to build a program and one that will be trouble for the SEC and Yech. Oh, wait a minute, we already are a problem for Yech. :-)

HBTD!!!

Greenville Dawg

October 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Go Dawgs! Mr. Royal is a lock to come and play for coach Fox.

Julian's Friend

October 14th, 2010
8:18 am

It was a tough decision for him, but he will be going to Tech. Big factors is he wanted to stay home, and get to NBA. We support you Julian.

Tech

October 14th, 2010
8:18 am

Julian, all I have to say is, UGA finishes in last place in the worst conference in the country and it’s considered a good year and it means they have a great coach. Tech gets to the second round of the tournament in the most prestigious conference in the country, and people are yelling at Hewitt. You are better than that, you’ve worked hard your entire life, you deserve to get a great education, go to the NBA, play in a big time conference, and practice against guys like Bosh, Jack, Bynum, Favors, etc. in the off-season.

DawginLex

October 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Tech folks think it is ok to have a crappy football program, hire a better coach, actually win some games and call it a rebuilt program.

UGA is doing it in basketball yet the Tech people don’t buy it.

Tech can’t beat UGA in basketball NOW. Just wait until Fox keeps getting recruits and actually coaching them without cheating.

Foothills

October 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Think he will be a Dog, but I don’t think Ga. will be able to keep Fox for long.

Hankie Aron

October 14th, 2010
9:06 am

Sadly Foothills I have to agree with you, unless UGA dumps a boatload of money on his head. Which I hope they do. Fox is simply that good

UGASlobberknocker

October 14th, 2010
9:23 am

If he signs with Georgia, I promise you all of the Tech people will be back to their standard fallback position “He must have been afraid to go to our far superior school so actually we didnt want him anyway”

Like the guy was actually going to get his degree and then become an engineer. Please.

ck

October 14th, 2010
9:23 am

ALL DAWG! You made a smart choice Julian.

collegeballfan

October 14th, 2010
9:52 am

The question is will he be a “one and done”?

If yes, it does not really matter where he signs as he will not help either program. Neither school can build a program around him if he is gone after one year. The proof? Chris Bosh, Thaddeus Young, Javaris Crittenton, and Derrick Favors; all one and done players at GT. They helped for one season but contributed nothing to the GT program except notoriety.

But UGA will gain more from signing him that GT. UGA would have the notoriety of signing a top in state player, something they have done very little of in recent years.

And so Mr. Royal, whether you decides GT or UGA, good luck with your NBA career. I know that is uppermost in your thinking.

Depends

October 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Who really wants to wear uni’s that are urine colored?

Paul Johnson

October 14th, 2010
10:06 am

If you don’t choose Tech I will punch you in the face.

Joshua Nesbitt

October 14th, 2010
10:07 am

How’s my Heisman campaign coming along?

Paul Hewitt

October 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Come to Tech, with my contract I’m here for life baby!

North Avenue Bum

October 14th, 2010
10:09 am

Can you spare a case quarter?

Burdell

October 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Fox has proven NOTHING!!! How dare you compare him to CPJ??

Yes, I think Fox is a good coach..great even but explain to me what he has done so far? He did not win a single conference game on the road last year. Yes, he has energized the fanbase but very little compared to nothing is an infinite increase in support so that is not saying much. He has not brought in any talent yet…maybe Royal will be his first good get. Only time will tell. If beating Tech last year was Fox’s crowning achievement then I am not impressed.

Good luck to all the Milton kids in Athens…hopefully your coach will stay around until you graduate.

bascogcjs

October 14th, 2010
10:19 am

I am quite sure both schools would love to have Royal, but it’s not a make or break signee for them. Royal should be a decent college player in the long run, but no superstar.
For whichever school signs him, it will be more like a win over a rival, not a program changer signing.
Anyway, best of luck to Julian in the future. I hope he has a stellar career.

CourtCred.com

October 14th, 2010
10:23 am

Julian will be doing a “Commitment Day” Diary on CourtCred.com so stay tuned

Hey Burdell

October 14th, 2010
10:33 am

Would you rather play for an up and coming coach that MAY go elsewhere or a has been who is stuck for life at his school due to his contract?

Burdell

October 14th, 2010
10:39 am

I would rather play for Mark Fox at Georgia Tech….hence the decision this kid has to make!!

sal

October 14th, 2010
10:56 am

how about a winning record before we call him an up and coming coach.

Small Town Friday Night

October 14th, 2010
10:57 am

I love how you Techies think Fox is going somewhere else soon.

1. Thatsa sign of respect.
2. Those of us close to the program can truly see and feel a dedication rom Fox to the UGA mission.
3. (((((73-66)))))

Arty

October 14th, 2010
10:58 am

There is no doubt that GT is a team that competes year in and year out in a very prestigous conference. Known for getting great prospects and developing them, but with that said the Paul Hewitt scenario is kind of sketchy and Mark fox is here to stay. No doubt that the Kentavious Caldwell commitment has helped UGA in recruiting and we have seen what Coach Fox has done with “ok” prospects, but imagine what happens when he gets his dream team recruiting class…

Bug Zapper

October 14th, 2010
11:03 am

It is VERy amusing listening to the Techies try and convince this kid it’s not worth going to UGA because a more prestigiou program might come serenading Mark Fox.

Truth is, BOTH coaches may leave their respective programs sometime in the near future.

1. Mark Fox might get a pusuasive call from a big program because he is a GREAT coach.
2. Paul Hewitt might get fired from Tech because he is an AWFUL coach.

So there. If Techies want him to make his decision based on this…… there you have it.

Delbert D.

October 14th, 2010
11:12 am

No more elite players at Georgia Tech, please. Let some other school hold the NBA tryouts.

Chris

October 14th, 2010
11:19 am

I love how everyone says things like “how can you call Fox an up and coming coach???” Umm, I hope you teck fans realize that this isn’t Mark Fox’s first coaching job. He also coached and Nevada and put folks in the NBA there too. Face it teckies, you can’t even call yourself a basketball school anymore.

GTBob

October 14th, 2010
11:19 am

I would love to have him at GT but does a random 4 star recruit thats barely in the top 100 deserve this much coverage?

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
11:20 am

DAWGINLEX…how many sec titles and or post season appearances does UGAY have in it’s existence? Here is a stat for you, NO championships, no sellouts, and you guys have made the big dance 5 TIMES IN UGAY HISORY!

GT has gone 5 times in paul hewitts tenure alone moron! You want to talk about which school has had lotto picks and which can’t ever get a player taken in the 1st round? Ugay is pathetic in hoops and always has been. You have never made a final four or played for a national championship as GT did, so get over yourself. We beat the national champions last year and played them again in the ACC finals. Again, GT playing a game that matters which you guys know nothing about!!!

Bug ZAPPER, the fact remains that the ACC is the king of the hill in hoops and UGAY couldn’t hold the jock strap of 1 program in the conference. Every single ACC team has been in the post season more than ugay! Just like your football teams top 10 classes each year are now failing, it will be the same in BB because nobody cares about hoops in the cesspool known as athens. Your not on the national scale and never will be! Now go bail a ugay player out of jail or get back to flipping burgers joke.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 14th, 2010
11:21 am

correction..History

UGADawg

October 14th, 2010
11:24 am

I agree that Tech has history on its side but I would say the future looks brighter for UGA. How can you explain the subpar season GT had last year? They had one of the most talented teams in the country but couldnt even dominate thier own conference. Not to mention Tech lost to UGA last year. UGA exceeded expectations last year with 3 wins over Top 25 teams. The return of Thompkins and Leslie and the addition of Caldwell makes this a far more attractive place to play next year. Hewitt is on the chopping block. Royal to UGA!

Chris

October 14th, 2010
11:24 am

You need a lot more corrections than that.

Travis Garland

October 14th, 2010
11:24 am

If UGA isnt on the National Scale why do articles by national basketball analysts keep coming about about Fox and the Program?