Connecticut, Georgetown interested in Oliver

Former Georgia Tech basketball player Brian Oliver has drawn favorable attention since his decision last week to transfer. Seton Hall, Penn State, Missouri, LaSalle and Delaware have contacted Oliver’s family to open recruitment, Oliver’s mother Zena said Tuesday. Connecticut, Georgetown, St. John’s and Syracuse have also indicated interest. She said all of those schools except for St. John’s and Missouri recruited Oliver out of high school.

“Right now, we have no timeline,” Zena Oliver said. “His main thing, I told him, is just finish up the summer session and finish the class strong, and we’ll go from there.”

Oliver put in transfer papers last week following his second season at Tech. Oliver said that he wanted to be closer to the family’s home in Delaware and play on a team that he felt was a better fit for him. Oliver’s father Robert has had health issues.

“I think he’s going to get closer to home,” Zena Oliver said.

Oliver averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 22 games for the Yellow Jackets last season. His departure leaves new coach Brian Gregory with eight scholarship players.

17 comments Add your comment

PooperScooper

June 21st, 2011
12:13 pm

Our last transfer to UCONN (Ed Nelson) didn’t turn out to well on the court. However, he wrote an amazing rap song about a pickup truck.

GT76

June 21st, 2011
12:25 pm

Whereever he goes I hope it works out well for him and he get’s his degree. Also hope his father gets well! That’s tough on a yound person.

GT76

June 21st, 2011
12:27 pm

Shouldn’t try and type and eat at the same time…..corrected below (hopefully)

Wherever he goes I hope it works out well for him and he get’s his degree. Also hope his father gets well! That’s tough on a young person.

BuzzGT

June 21st, 2011
1:02 pm

I wish him the best of luck. I would be leaning toward UCONN or Delaware.

Brent

June 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

Thanks for two good years. The fact that this young man is finishing the summer session of school speaks volumes to the character of this young man and his family. The GT family will miss him.

JasonGT

June 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

With Gregory out there recruiting so much, did he not take time to recruit his current players??? Oliver will be electric with some shot coaching, this is a huge loss for the team…

Buzzzed

June 21st, 2011
2:16 pm

Ed Nelson got a ring at Uconn.

GT BBall

June 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

Yes Ed did get a ring with UCONN while sitting on the bench, but he didn’t get a Georgia Tech degree either. I say Ed lost out on that trade.

GT

June 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

I guess somewhere in your career you realize you aren’t going to be an NBA player may not even start on the college team, so the shine comes off the thing. All that and his father getting sick, I can’t blame the kid and wish him all the luck. I just wonder if someone had coached him if this story of lost dreams would have turned out differently. Pick a school like Georgetown that has some academics, you are going to need it.

GTBob

June 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

I hope he ends up at UConn or Georgetown. He struggled last season but with a new team and a new coach he can probably help out one of the big name teams alot.

GT BBall

June 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

@ Lunch Money NOW, Nerds! – GT is in the City of Atlanta’s midtown neighborhood. Hot chicks of all ages and ethnicity, everywhere. Maxim just listed Atlanta as it’s hotttest spot for meeting girls. Get off your PC, get out of the COW town of Athens and see the rest of the world. We even have kids wearing red and black Green Bay Packers hats that wash dishes and park our cars. But they don’t tend bar or wait tables, I think it’s a math thing.

juvenal

June 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

after games, sometimes, will be in Tech gear, & the server willask-you Tech fans?(i know, should be obvious)-& add-i’m a uga fan……love the look on their face when i say, good, now i don’t have to tip you….(course i do, waited tables myself in college, only time i ever said go dauugs was when it was a table of uggers)

BravesFan79

June 21st, 2011
4:29 pm

Gluck to you Oliver, and best wishes for your dad. Ill cheer for your team next year if you make the Tourney.

uconn artists

June 22nd, 2011
12:07 am

hope he stays away from uconn and that lying cheat calhoun, just a matter of time before they come pick the trophy up

Ted

June 22nd, 2011
10:08 am

For those uninformed people down here, UCONN has EXCELLENT academics. Its a top flight national public research university that continues to rise in the rankings. Ed Nelson and anyone else with a UCONN degree did just fine and has a very highly valued diploma.

CONN man Calhoun

June 22nd, 2011
8:37 pm

so says Ted the UCONN alum… wink

Buzz

June 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

Every school needs a least one player whois a defensive liability