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 So, the theory goes, the Vols must’ve gotten Harris and rescinded Pinkston’s scholarship offer.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:
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.
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.
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.