So how will coach Paul Hewitt’s flirtation with St. Johns affect Georgia Tech’s recruiting?
Positively actually, according to one basketball recruiting expert.
“I think if anything this will probably help,” said Dave Telep, national recruiting director for Scout.com. “It allows him to dispel a rumor that has been out there for a while.”
For the second time since 2004, St. Johns this past week offered its head coaching job to Hewitt, a New York native. But after a brief meeting with school officials on Thursday, Hewitt informed the Yellow Jackets he intends to stay on The Flats.
“In recruiting everything is about what you can tell recruits,” Telep said. “Now they have a little ammunition. Hewitt can say, ‘Georgia Tech is a place I want to be for a long time’ and tell them he’ll be there to coach them their whole career.”
The Yellow Jackets signed one player in the early period: guard Jason Morris of Lakeville, Conn. (by way of Augusta). But they may have room for several other players, depending on the NBA draft decisions of Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal.
Currently Tech has an offer out for Willie Yeguette, a 6-foot-7 forward from Melbourne, Fla. The Jackets are competing with Indiana, Florida and UCLA for Yeguette. But little else is known about its remaining targets for 2010 at this time.