Intrigue surrounds Tech hoops target Tobias Harris

You’ve got to love basketball recruiting.

Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8 power forward from New York and the No. 2-rated player at his position in America, signed a scholarship with somebody on Wednesday, the final day of the early signing period. And that somebody might have even been Georgia Tech, which welcomed him to Atlanta on his last official visit just Monday.

But we won’t know who Harris signed with until he makes his televised announcement on ESPNU Thursday at the ESPN Zone in New York City’s Times Square.

We know this: It will be either Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse or West Virginia. And don’t count out Bruce Pearl’s Vols.

In fact, in the latest version “As the Recruiting World Turns,” Harris was supposed to fly back to New York on Tuesday after his Tech visit. But instead he and his family reportedly drove home and stopped off in Knoxville for Tennessee’s game against UNC-Asheville.

Here’s where it gets real interesting. Speculation is that Harris is going to become a Vol because Jayvaughn Pinkston, 6-6 forward from Brooklyn, planned to announce his decision to play for Tennessee on Wednesday but abruptly canceled his press conference. So, the theory goes, the Vols must’ve gotten Harris and rescinded Pinkston’s scholarship offer.

You have to love the drama. I’ll let you know when there’s something concrete to report.

In the meantime, here’s some somewhat less intriguing recruiting news on the last day of the early signing period:

GYMNASTICS

The No. 1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs announced the signing of two gymnasts: Kaylan Earls of Chicago and Cat Hires of Tampa.

Earls, who trains at Arena Gymnastics in Joliet, Ill., won the all-around, beam and floor titles at the Twistars Invitational and finished second in the all-around and first on beam at the Bravo Classic. At the Junior Olympic Nationals, she won her second straight all-around title and finished first on bars and beam.

Hires, who trains at LaFleur’s, won the bars title at the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships and finished third on vault. Hires also won the all-around state championship in 2008.

BASEBALL

The Georgia Bulldogs announced three more signees: Pitchers Taylor Hicks of Watkinsville and Joe Robinson of Henderson, Nevada, and first baseman/outfielder Austin Wheeler of Lilburn.

  • Hicks, a 6-3, 207-pound right-hander, went 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA and 58 strikeouts and hit .400 with seven home runs and 27 RBI as a junior at North Oconoee.
  • Robinson, a 6-2, 190-pound right-hander, is a sophomore at the College of Southern Nevada. As a freshman he posted a team-best 1.99 ERA, going 6-2 with one save in 14 appearances including six starts. He had three complete games and registered 53 strikeouts and 20 walks in 54.1 innings pitched.
  • Wheeler, a 6-3, 185-pound left-handed hitter, batted .409 with seven home runs, 12 doubles and 36 RBI and went 1-0 on the mound with a 2.91 ERA in 12 innings pitched for the Parkview Panthers.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Sarah Almond of Albemarle, N.C., and Amelia Hill of St. Simons Island have signed national letters of intent to play collegiate golf for Georgia. Almond qualified for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open when she was just 16 years old. She has played in eight USGA events. Hill helped Frederica Academy’s boys team secure back-to-back GISA AA state championships while earning all-state individual honors.

Jordan Janico from Mount Pisgah Christian School signed a golf scholarship with Vanderbilt.

17 comments Add your comment

Tom

November 18th, 2009
5:40 pm

Not expecting a GT announcement from Mr Harris, but I’d love to be surprised!

Delbert D.

November 18th, 2009
5:47 pm

“You’ve got to love basketball recruiting.”

No, I don’t. Not until the NBA stops using college basketball as a 1-year tryout league. I lost interest after Stephon Marbury left.

collegeballfan

November 18th, 2009
6:24 pm

I do not understand why Hewitt would want Harris. Holsey is injured & red shirting & plays the same position. Plus Daniel Miller is red shirting, presently not on scholarship, but will go on scholarship for next season. I understand he will lose Lawal to the NBA & Peacock to graduation, but still I see no reason for Harris.

Can you help?

DRC

November 18th, 2009
6:53 pm

I would guess because Favors will probably be gone after this year also.

MiamiJacket

November 18th, 2009
7:16 pm

GT will lose Lawal, Favors, Peacock and Bell after this season, three of which are forwards. That’s why they are still looking for help at power forward.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 18th, 2009
10:40 pm

Of course Reverunt Lowery supported Doofus – he would never support a white over a black – both being eqaully liberal. That’s why he is where he is ion the black community – loyalty counts more than supporting the best candidate. Obviously he is a Tech fan and despises the Dogs because he is all about the city of Atlanta and could care less about the rest of Georgia.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 18th, 2009
10:42 pm

I son’t dislike Reverunt Lowery – he has a right to his opinion – just wish he was a little more unbiased.

techster

November 18th, 2009
11:15 pm

Why wouldn’t Tech want Harris…why wouldn’t any team want the number 5 player in the nation. Pearl and the Vols look great and I am afraid they get him. Hope Tech pulled it off.

rainman

November 19th, 2009
8:45 am

Being from NY, maybe he would feel more comfortable in the ATL than with the hillbillys at UT. Also, the ACC still provides the highest exposure in B-Ball.

gtechsta

November 19th, 2009
12:39 pm

Not a single mention of the MONSTER baseball class Tech has put together, Chip?

Chip Towers

November 19th, 2009
1:42 pm

gtechsta: Yes, I mentioned your monster recruiting class right HERE.

Eric

November 19th, 2009
2:09 pm

I don’t think the Vols would have rescinded Pinkston’s offer. They need at least two in the frontcourt in this class. Pinkston might have been scared off, but they are nowhere near the same type of player, so Tennessee could easily utilize both. In the end, I think Pinkston is still a Vol, regardless of the Harris decision.

Chip Towers

November 19th, 2009
2:23 pm

The announcement for Tobias Harris has been set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

Eric

November 19th, 2009
4:03 pm

My sources say all Vol

gtechsta

November 19th, 2009
5:54 pm

No, that’s a listing of the people in the class. Zero reference to the fact that the class was top 10 if not top 5 in the nation. Coach Hall recruited in probably the best class he’s had since Mark Tex.

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