Tech’s Hewitt won’t dog Georgia for a month

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt is pleased with his recruiting class, and especially the way the Yellow Jackets landed 6-11 center Daniel Miller, the final addition last month. Because archrival Georgia completely released Miller from the letter of intent he signed with the Bulldogs last November, Miller was able to sign with the Yellow Jackets and doesn’t have to sit out a season.

“The last one we got was honestly a gift,” Hewitt told jacketsonline.com. “I told people I cannot say anything bad about Georgia for a least a month because we got Daniel Miller. To have him at the end has been a very positive thing for us.”

Of course, South Atlanta High star Derrick Favors was the highlight among the six players signed by Tech, which limped to a 12-19 finish last season. But Miller proved to be satisfying because it had seemed the Jackets had pursued him in vain.

Also, the Jackets may have football receiver Stephen Hill available. Tech football coach Paul Johnson gave Hill his blessing to play once his duties for the football team are discharged.

75 comments Add your comment

H OBAMA

May 21st, 2009
7:51 pm

IT APPEARS TO ME THAT TECH HAS BECOME TOO WEALTHY IN THIS RECRUITING CLASS SO I AM IMPLEMENTING A TAX ON HEWITT AND COMPANY. HE MUST GIVE UP TWO OF THE INCOMING PLAYERS AS A TAX ON THE WEALTHY AND GIVE THEM TO THE MORE UNFORTUNATE TEAMS IN THE STATE. WATCH OUT

Jackets21

May 21st, 2009
7:56 pm

Leave the political crap off our sports blog. Glad to have the great white hope with us.

Rob

May 21st, 2009
9:10 pm

It won’t matter how many or how talented are the players Hewitt recruits. He will screw them up.

Diamond Dawg

May 21st, 2009
9:21 pm

Tech has better basketball players than ga every yr, but never do anything with them. Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred

May 21st, 2009
9:23 pm

What is Hewitt going to say? He is the Jim Donnan of college basketball. Look at the talent that he has wasted at Gtu. If Daniel Mille is so good, why didn’t he get a scholly, Paul? Jeez. That guy pulled the wool over the Gtu administration and now he is basking in the fact that he doesn’t have to work a minute and still gets paid.

Tokyo jacket

May 21st, 2009
9:34 pm

I’m willing to bet Hill would be one of those players that could be a greate 4-year college baskteball player. He’s just a pure athlete. I hope he gets on the court, it will only make him better at football.

Rick

May 21st, 2009
10:00 pm

I like the class, but how long will they stay? It is the problem with getting the great highschool players, they stay for one or two years and then they leave. Would it be better to get lesser players who will stay 4 years?

diesel 13

May 21st, 2009
10:24 pm

I’m glad UGA has a white coach.

JT

May 21st, 2009
10:34 pm

diesel 13 — Nice try d-bag….you are so clearly a Techmite who is posing as a “racist dawg fan”…no one is buying it

GT GRAD

May 21st, 2009
10:34 pm

Great Recruiting class!

Go GT!

Everybody needs to give Coach Paul Hewitt a break……support the team and the COACH!!

Josh

May 21st, 2009
10:35 pm

Hill won’t be playing basketball. It was just a rumor that was false.

PTC Jacket

May 21st, 2009
10:53 pm

JT: Nice cover up. Way to blame that on us.

gtfan

May 21st, 2009
11:16 pm

screw hewitt. he is the bill lewis of our basketball program and that is insulting to bill lewis.

if paul hewitt was broken down on the side of the road i’d give him what he gave the gt program.

the finger!

Karl Childers

May 22nd, 2009
12:13 am

I like dem yellow jackets……

Almost as much as I like dem french fried potaters, but not quite as much…..

mmmmmmmmm……..

oldandntheway

May 22nd, 2009
12:41 am

Gawh, there are some hateful folks on here, I just hope Tech basketball has a really great year. It’s so much more fun in my life when they can compete in the ACC and get deep into the tournament. It just just makes Februgly and March a whole lot more fun.

Mark

May 22nd, 2009
1:12 am

Does UGA even have a basketball program? Seriously?

copper

May 22nd, 2009
1:19 am

diesel 13, go play with u’r slide rule tech nerd. PTC jacket too dumb to see diesel 13 is a flaming nerd or is just a flagboy himself.

tw3a

May 22nd, 2009
2:05 am

You can have him, Georgia only wants true Bulldog material not someone who bails at the first sign of adversity, So be happy Hewitt,as least as long as you are able to hang on

dawes

May 22nd, 2009
3:23 am

georgia goes after the kids let ga tech have the bad kids

dawes

May 22nd, 2009
3:23 am

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gman

May 22nd, 2009
6:59 am

gtfan – good call,

that’s right I do remember bill lewis playing for the national championship……. no wait, that was Paul Hewitt……..nevermind

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

May 22nd, 2009
7:45 am

“They’ve got a guy in the flag core, they’ve got a guy in the flag core”

Bark

May 22nd, 2009
7:58 am

Does GT even have a basketball program? Seriously?

The Grinch

May 22nd, 2009
8:04 am

Wait a minute!! How did Miller get accepted at Tech?? All I ever hear from most of the yellow jacket mob is that georgia gets the dumb athletes while the yellow jackets get the smart ones. I guess he took “calculus” in high school. Just another needle in the “academic superiority” baloon. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

jacket3

May 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Ya’ll are missing the point here. Hewitt’s job is on the line, though no one wants to talk about that. So these recruits are really “gifts” from Basketball Nirvana, not from the dog pile. Let’s just hope they have common sense make the grades, and stay for more than one season.

Now tell me EXACTLY how many former Dogs played in the NBA..bet you could count them on one hand.

Go GT

rainman

May 22nd, 2009
8:24 am

Hey Darryl, I don’t know how close you are to the program, but I was wondering if you had an opinion on a couple of things.

Are there any rumors as to how high Lawal would have to be picked for him to turn pro? Would he go if he were a low first round pick?

Do you have a projected starting five? And who would be the top 3 off the bench?

Will D’Andre Bell be back better than ever? He could be vital in that veteran swing-man role.

We seem to have plenty of PF types, but who will settle in as the primary center and SF? Sheehan and Miller will provide depth in the hole, but won’t start, and who all has the range to play 3? I’m wondering if we will see alot of 3 guard, 2 PF or 2 guard, 3 PF lineups.

m

May 22nd, 2009
8:25 am

Thank God and Greyhound that the worst – oops, wrong sport!!!!

UGASlobberknocker

May 22nd, 2009
8:37 am

Thank goodness this is basketball so we dont have to care.

N.GA.DAWG

May 22nd, 2009
8:48 am

AS FAR AS OUR PROGRAM GOES, WE HAVE WON OUR CONF.TOURNAMENT RECENTLY AND MADE IT TO THE BIG DANCE. 08 SEC CHAMPS. TECH, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??? AND I MIGHT ADD THAT YOU CAN GET READY FOR A BEATDOWN COME NOVEMBER!

P

May 22nd, 2009
8:57 am

This story is not getting much traction. 20 or so stupid comments obviously do not represent the thinking of the majority (UGA or GT fans). Let’s see where both programs are in March of next year.

GT Rich

May 22nd, 2009
9:08 am

Instead of Donnan, Paul Hewitt reminds me more of Mark Richt. (Although that may give Donnan more credit than he deserves.) Like Richt, Hewitt gets great talent to the team, TRIES to threaten the other teams in the conference but falls short pretty much every year (except for once). Stafford/Moreno = Javaris Crittenton/Thaddeus Lewis. The only problem is that the shelf life on a good basketball player is one season. At least Richt gets a 3 year commitment….

FLDAWG

May 22nd, 2009
9:09 am

Hey Mark, who won the SEC last year? A fluke yes, but when was Tech’s last conf. crown in football or basketball?

jonathan

May 22nd, 2009
9:15 am

Mike B.

May 22nd, 2009
9:23 am

Is Thaddeus Lewis better than Thaddeus Young? This spot is funny.

sidewalk74

May 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

If Lawal does enter the draft, like I stated on here 4 months ago. GT Hoops will be .500 or worse next year. Hewitt never gets players to stay that extra year.
I would say Hewitt is the Chan Gailey of Hoops, but Chan had 6 strait winning seasons and a winning record at Tech. Hewitt has neither.

dog nation

May 22nd, 2009
9:37 am

don’t you guys realize we gave you Miller in the hopes you would keep PH on the payroll?

quaildawg

May 22nd, 2009
9:40 am

Nice try GT Rich. I guess you skipped YOUR math classes. Richt is 6 & 1 versus your jackets so you might want to put a little salt on that shoe in your mouth!!!!!!!!!!

Mort Merkel

May 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

What is Gtu? It’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, but everybody calls us Georgia Tech.

W Bush

May 22nd, 2009
9:58 am

Obama, don’t tax Tech, claim they have wmd, get your friends stock in exxon and haliburton and attack them! The lives of the soliders and tech civilians will be worth the profit! stupid poor people.

Burdell

May 22nd, 2009
10:27 am

N.GA.DAWG–

GT made it to the NCAA Final a few years back. Is that good enough for you?.?.?

SlimG

May 22nd, 2009
10:33 am

Great recruiting class Paul. Maybe some of the non-ballers on this blog will understand that it takes several factors to win the ACC. No we don’t get the same recruits N. Carolina and Duke get nationally. Fire Hewitt? Stupid thinking! Let’s get a team of good players before we send a good coach packing!

jacketbacker

May 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

ugag sucks!! always has, always will…….

45-42!!!!!

THWG

gt rich is dumber than a box of rocks

May 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

Mark Richt= 4 time Division Champion (in toughest division in country), 2-time conference Champion (in tougest conference), 2- time BCS bowl champion. 7-1 agains GT.

Paul Hewitt= um, uh, you tell me….

Nice Comparison, dummy.

Jim n Buckhead

May 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

Jacket3 You are missing the point GT cant fire Demwitt because the AA cant pay the buy out thanks to Braine….Good luck to Miller at GT……

Chuck Uga

May 22nd, 2009
11:32 am

Big deal. Mark Fox will have tremendous success at Georgia and “Tech” has not been any kind of distraction lately until Favors came along (who will be gone to the NBA after one season. Anyone who thinks he is going to hang around longer is a deluded moron). Rest assured, the LAST team that anyone at UGA is worried about is Georgia Tech. Georgia’s focus is on getting back to the NCAA tourney, and that can be done by at least getting to .500 or better with the SEC schedule. Mark Fox will not only do that, but he will recruit many talented players who want to take advantage of the new basketball facilities at UGA (the ones that will help lead many of his players to an NBA opportunity).
This “Daniel Miller” fire is out. Quit trying to fan a spark when there is none. No one cares! Maybe Hewitt should focus on trying to win a game in Athens (which has not been done in 40 years!)

gorga fan

May 22nd, 2009
11:47 am

I lyk gorga futball. They are best in USA. I lyk to dip, chase cows, and count for, cus it is my grad. This year I trn 21 so dey sey I mus leve skool and get job. I hope McDonals will hir me. Go Dawgs!

Roy Williams

May 22nd, 2009
11:48 am

Getting Favors for a year is huge for Hewitt. Having a big white stiff take up space on his bench for 4 years is not.

gorga fan

May 22nd, 2009
11:52 am

I hate gorga tek. Dey ar a bunch of nerds. Onli nerds study and do good in school. Nerds alwas get in my way on road with dem fanci cars wen i driv my truk. Nerds dont no futball. Dawgs play futball and nerds suck. Go Dawgs!

Hayseed Dixie

May 22nd, 2009
12:09 pm

Unless a Jarret Jack-type comes forward to lead them, these Jackets will be underachievers.

Not a rhetorical question: does anyone see that kind of competitive leadership on Tech’s horizon? It’s certainly not coming from Hewitt.