It’s official: Milton High’s Julian Royal to remain with Georgia Tech under new basketball coach

Big win for the new coach. Brian Gregory told Julian Royal that he "made his day" after deciding to stick with the Yellow Jackets (AJC)

Unofficial "first win" for the new coach? Brian Gregory told Julian Royal that he "made his day" after deciding to stick with the Yellow Jackets (AJC)

Georgia Tech’s new basketball coach Brian Gregory is off to a good start with recruiting.

On Thursday, Milton High’s Julian Royal called Gregory to say that he was sticking with the Yellow Jackets. Ex-Tech coach Paul Hewitt had convinced the 6-foot-8 forward to sign with the Yellow Jackets over archrival UGA last November.

“I told Coach Gregory that I wanted to keep my commitment and that I wanted to be a Jacket,” Royal told the AJC. “He sounded like he was happy. He said that I ‘made his day’ and ‘made his weekend.’”

Gregory made his recruitment of Royal a top priority. He called Royal within an hour after being introduced on Monday, and rushed over for an in-home visit with Royal and his family for two hours on Tuesday night.

“I want to go to Georgia Tech for the same reasons I originally signed with them — It’s great academics, it’s a great basketball program, they play in the ACC, I like Atlanta … I felt the new coach was still a good coach,” Royal said.

Royal had been leaning to remaining with Tech all along, not even bothering to discuss other schools with his family and friends. He said he felt like Thursday was the right timing. “I didn’t want to drag it out and have a long period to think about it. Georgia Tech is where I want to be.”

Royal was the leading scorer this year for Milton High, which had six players on its roster that had either signed or been offered by major colleges. Milton played for three straight state championships in Georgia’s largest classification, winning the 2010 title.

RELATED: Will Rockdale County’s Kevin Ware join Royal at Tech? Ware was granted a release from his Tennessee basketball scholarship on Thursday and is considering Tech and UGA, among others (Click here)

111 comments Add your comment

Uncle Milton

March 31st, 2011
9:12 pm

First! I am Dawg fan but this is probably a good move for Julian. Good luck to him, he is a good kid.

Greg

March 31st, 2011
9:12 pm

Directions

March 31st, 2011
9:13 pm

Tech Fan

March 31st, 2011
9:14 pm

First…Hopefully this is the beginning of great things.

GT!

March 31st, 2011
9:19 pm

Good news, now lets get Ware to get on board. Lets get some momentum heading into the offseason coach Gregory! Go Jackets!

Delbert D.

March 31st, 2011
9:20 pm

Great news for Georgia Tech.

Tom

March 31st, 2011
9:23 pm

Michael,

I know this is completely off topic, so sorry about that. But, I haven’t seen an update on Coach Jeremy Williams in a while. Just wondering how he’s doing.

JM

March 31st, 2011
9:29 pm

Great News! I’m glad he decided to stick with GT.

McPants

March 31st, 2011
9:43 pm

Awesome! Welcome to the Flats, Julian!

What are the odds we can actually get Ware? It’d be nice to pick him up as well.

And what’s the deadline on when Shumpert has to pick an agent or come back to school? April 15, IIRC?

Go Jackets!

Worm

March 31st, 2011
9:57 pm

Good luck to the youngster..Glad to see someone keep their promise.

wes

March 31st, 2011
9:57 pm

And the UGA journalism majors all cried. :(

GTfanForerver

March 31st, 2011
9:58 pm

It’s another great day in the flats. Julian, we are proud to have you!!

HelluvaEngineer

March 31st, 2011
10:02 pm

Julian, DRad, and Coach Gregory: thanks for a great week! I cannot wait to see the new Jackets next year (tickets bought yesterday).

Keno

March 31st, 2011
10:05 pm

Good news for Tech but…I have seen this kid many times and he IS NOT the superstar folks are making him to be. I believe he was the 4th best player on Milton’s team…#1 Scott, #2 Parker, #3 Nolte.
Good luck but do not expect too much from this kid.

Virginia Jacket

March 31st, 2011
10:15 pm

Uncle Milton – Don’t know who you are but thanks for bringing some civility to the blog. See folks – it’s not impossible to say something nice about the other guys.

gt45

March 31st, 2011
10:16 pm

Impressive! Keno, somebody likes him. This coach looks like he has a mission!

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
10:20 pm

Julian, you are an idiot to go the flats. Should have gone to the classic city.I do wish well though.

BRW

March 31st, 2011
10:29 pm

“Classic” comments from the not so classic dump. milledgeville dawg, who let you on a PC down at the sanitarium?

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
10:33 pm

BRW

March 31st, 2011
10:35 pm

So your dweeb let you do it. How fitting, idiot.

Rodney Dangerfield

March 31st, 2011
10:36 pm

Classic City. What is that? Some kind of gimmick like the “dream team”. What is so classic about Athens? Where is this coming from? I have not heard that term until about a week ago. Is that what you all walk around telling each other in Athens, because I can guarantee that no one outside of the place thinks it’s “classic”.

Rodney Dangerfield

March 31st, 2011
10:37 pm

Only a dawg fan would call a kid an idiot for making one of the biggest decisions in his life. You may not agree with his decision, but an idiot. You sir are the idiot.

hey....

March 31st, 2011
10:41 pm

Athens is a dump…..Middle of nowhere…..NO THANKS!

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
10:43 pm

I love it. Got all the techidiots blood pressure up. Mission accomplished. FOX 2-0 and counting.

TC

March 31st, 2011
10:49 pm

Well, we need to start listening to Keno, because after all, he is an expert…..pfffffffffft

hey....

March 31st, 2011
10:49 pm

Where the hell is milledgeville??

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
10:57 pm

Come on guys, ya gotta have better comebacks than these lame statements

NOT a Hewitt Fan

March 31st, 2011
11:07 pm

grats to Royal….hewitt called him and told him to stick with it. he has also spoke with Shumpie and sd to stay in school. i wanted Hewie gone but 2 class moves on the ex coaches part IMO. BTW M dawg…i wdnt be telling anyone u live in Milledgeville….talk about a dump. Three jails and an insane asylum.

corey

March 31st, 2011
11:08 pm

The cracks on Athens are a joke right? I mean, I’m not a UGA fan, but seriously…Athens is pretty world famous for being a great town with an incredible nightlife and music scene…In fact, the LA Times, Rolling Stone and Esquire all think it’s a “classic” town worth visiting. I’m in music and have traveled all over the US and Britain…and when I say I’m from GA, the first place anyone mentions is Athens. You guys must not get out much…

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:08 pm

As Judge Smails said in Caddyshack, well were waiting. I bet all of you work in a cubicle for a UGA Grad.

GT65

March 31st, 2011
11:10 pm

Welcome Mr. Royal. Can’t wait to see you in action….Go Jackets!!!!!

Love to have Mr. Ware… New program, wish you would join the group.

Old Fashioned

March 31st, 2011
11:10 pm

Athens GREECE is classic (historically speaking. I suppose folks in the Georgia town are just engaged in wishful thinking. Let them have that,at least,since they don’t have much otherwise.

David

March 31st, 2011
11:12 pm

LOL Royal was the second best on the team behind Shannon. He is Milton’s all time leading scorer.

Old Fashioned

March 31st, 2011
11:18 pm

I,too,have traveled/worked all over the world–Argentina,Australia,Germany,Belgium,England,Canada,Israel,Sweden,Switzerland–covering many years–whenI said I was from Georgia,I was never asked about Athens. Atlanta usually came up,but never Athens.

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 31st, 2011
11:20 pm

I’m a Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech and so is Julian! Way to go Julian!….and way to go Jackets and Coach Gregory!

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:24 pm

And your point being Old Fashion? Where the hell are you from-really?

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:25 pm

Enter your comments here

Supersize that order, mutt

March 31st, 2011
11:29 pm

Actually, the name “classic city” has been used by the people in Athens for a long time, but regardless, there is not a thing classic about it. It is only used because it is the namesake of a true classic city, Athens, Greece. And like Old Fashioned, I have been all over the world, and NOBODY, I repeat NOBODY has ever mentioned Athens or the University of Georgia to me. I can’t say that I remember anybody mentioning Tech either, but they certainly always ask, when I tell them that I am from Georgia, if I am from Atlanta.

milledgeville dawg

March 31st, 2011
11:46 pm

What ever supernerd. IF? Go home were ever that is.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 31st, 2011
11:53 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

March 31st, 2011
11:54 pm

“WERE EVER” ??? Boy, you sure can tell where you’re from.

John

April 1st, 2011
12:01 am

milledgeville dawg…you are embarrassing me. I’m from Macon, graduated from Ga College, lived up the road on the lake…please don’t degrade where I grew up further. Just wish Julian well and let it go.

milledgeville dawg

April 1st, 2011
12:03 am

I guess yoiu never made a type-o. Good night BOY .By the way WHERE are you from?

milledgeville dawg

April 1st, 2011
12:08 am

JOHN- it is all in fun-go to bed

Luke

April 1st, 2011
12:12 am

Milledgeville dawg,

I’m actually from Warner Robins, went to Northside High School (Go Eagles!) and am now a Tech student. To say the least, you make us look like the stereotypical country bumpkins. And no, I usually don’t make typos. Funny thing about it is that I know how to type and spell.

milledgeville dawg

April 1st, 2011
12:18 am

oh and I am gonna cuddle up to my picture of Isaiah Crowell (who has not even practiced with UGA, but is the second coming of herschel), Get in my UGA Snuggie, and count puppies as I drift off to REM.

Milledgeville Dawg

April 1st, 2011
12:21 am

Swainsboro Tech?

John

April 1st, 2011
12:25 am

MD: Now that’s better…..LOL….

Supersize that order, mutt

April 1st, 2011
12:26 am

The very sad thing about you last statement, Milledgeville is that it is probably true. And I am from Augusta, since you asked. I was born in NC, grew up and went to school in Augusta, and graduated from Tech. I retired with sufficient earnings and savings to be able to travel; so I travel extensively throughout the world. As I said before, not one person has ever mentioned Athens to me. Most ask me if I am from Atlanta, and when I tell them that I am from Augusta, then a few recognize the name because of the Masters Tournament. But NOBODY has heard of Athens, Ga.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 1st, 2011
12:26 am

Ooops, I made a typo in my last post. I referred to “you statement,” when it should have been “your statement.”