Expert: Paul Hewitt’s flirtations shouldn’t harm Tech recruiting

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.

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Douglas

March 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

For any players in the state of Georgia, if you want to be coached up and win, go play for Fox, not Hewitt.

KD

March 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

JUST SHUT UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JEWELL ROLLEN

March 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

SO IF PAUL HAS SUCH A “GREAT” RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AAU AND HIGH SCHOOL COACHES IN THE NEW YORK AREA. WHY HASN’T HE RECRUITED/SIGNED ANY OF THE TOP NY SCHOOL BOYS??? JUS’ SAYIN’…..

Ramblin Wreck

March 26th, 2010
3:52 pm

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of an engineer–
A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer.
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer.

Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do–
He would yell, ‘To hell with Georgia!’ like his daddy used to do.

Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds,
A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it round.
I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near.
I’m a ramblin’, gamblin’, hell of an engineer!

Gators Chompin' for UGA VIII

March 26th, 2010
3:53 pm

“Orange and Blue”

So give a cheer for the orange and blue
Waving Forever
Forever Pride of old Florida
May She droop never
We’ll sing a song for the flag today
Cheer for the team at play
On to the goal we’ll fight our way
For Florida.

Douglas

March 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

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Douglas

March 26th, 2010
3:59 pm

Here we go…a bunch of men acting like children. Sounds like you need a bottle of milk or a good pacifier. Go back and take or nap or grow up.

Go Jackets!

March 26th, 2010
4:01 pm

Man dont you feel go to not be a uga fan….wow!!! Makes me wounder what my life would be like as a loser…hehehe

Go Jackets!

March 26th, 2010
4:03 pm

Awwwwwww uga fans are mad…boo hoo!!!!!!! too bad you will choke again this year. no title for you again…1980 was a long time ago and it will continue to get older and older and older. your history is known as chokers.

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

If you want a quality education, AND to make it to the NBA, you better go to GT. Just ask T. Young, J. Crittenton, A. Morrow, J. Jack, W. Bynum, C. Bosh, M. West, etc. I guess Hewitt couldn’t coach them up. And don’t forget about Favors, Lawal, and Shumpert. The NBA sure won’t. Now who do the dawgs have in the NBA?????? Go to uga if you want to sit home and watch Hewitt coach in the NCAA tournament, like you did this year. Go to uga if you want to be in last place like EVERY year!!!!!

wiley

March 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

I havent heard anything about Tech bball recruiting since the Jason Morris signing….not a good sign. Hope we can find a big man to help replace favors and lawal.

Douglas

March 26th, 2010
4:32 pm

Hewitt did not coach them up: believe it if you want to. Some of those players could have gone straight to the NBA if it had not been for the new rule. The only reason they came to GT was to play in the ACC where they could get exposure — not due to Hewitt’s lack of coaching. If you believe he is a good coach, you are more ignorant than I thought. Even Felton out-coached Hewitt — that’s pretty sad.

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Why would we be mad “Go Jackets”? In a “down year”, we beat you in football and basketball.

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

How many NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES has fox or felton coached in?????

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

Hey, Hewitt is at home watching the games on TV just like alot of others Mr National Champion

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

But fox got to watch most of the SEC tournament, all of the NCAA tournament, and and all of the NIT tournament!!!!!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

He really shouldn’t watch so much tv, he’s going to need even thicker glasses!!!!!!

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Hello “4 ncs” Please check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Tech_Yellow_Jackets_men’s_basketball According to this article, GT has only one visit to the FINAL 4 in 1990 under Bobby Cremins. Heck, UGA has been to FINAL 4 with Hugh Durham, beating North Carolina and Michael Jordan.

Burdell

March 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Eisendawg–

See 2004. BBall Jackets lost to UCONN in the Final.

Of course UGA fans are used to looking back to the 80’s…

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Well, the key word here is “lost” So, while I commend you on making it that far, I still fail to see how that classifies as 4 NCS

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Those players knew what college and what coach to play for if THEY WANTED AN EDUCATION AND TO MAKE IT TO THE NBA! And they know where NOT to go if they want an education and NBA career! How many points is a three pointer worth? Sad thing is, half of ‘em got that answer wrong!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

The key words for uga are “NEVER BEEN.”

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Which is the same words that you would use if you listed “your college”

Douglas

March 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

Hey 4 ncs…we will beat you AGAIN next year in basketball. But you are wrong about Fox..he was out recruiting as soon as UGA lost their SEC game. Continue to live in your delusional world. UGA will get better and GT will be stuck with Hewitt…I’m glad you love him so much because we look forward to beating him again..and again..and again.

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
5:23 pm

Out recruiting more two stars???? News flash! uga fans are amazed at what new coach fox has accomplished! He has somehow taken a last place team and landed them in………….LAST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

Well 4 NCS, if Fox beat you this year with 2 star players, what’s going to happen when he gets some 4 star players and even more important, depth. Give him time, he’s a good coach.

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

He MIGHT finish ahead of South Carolina!

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

The bottom line here is Hewitt HAS proven that he can put players in the NBA and that he can coach a team to the title game. You can PREDICT all you want (uga fans said the same things about felton), but fox HAS PROVEN NOTHING! Unless you want to count finishing LAST!

italian_29

March 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

Yeah, those players that he put in the NBA really helped GT, one winning acc record in 10 years and that was “just barely” 9&7 two whole games over 500, great coach you guys have. Talk about a coaching them up? ROTFLMAO. Keep him, he doesn’t even have a winning record against a celler dweller team like UGA. Last place in the SEC and they still beat your NBA talent. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

Hey 4 NCS, Fox has proven he can beat Illinois, Florida, Venderbilt, South Carolina, Temmessee, and Georgia Tech. You’re so high on Hewitt, you were about to run the man out of town a week ago. With top recuiting classes every year, and at least three all-americans in his starting line up, his average record in the ACC is 7-9 in his career at Tech. So what does this prove?

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
6:06 pm

Woops, Sorry Vandy, I was in a hurry

Chip Towers

March 26th, 2010
6:08 pm

PEOPLE WHO COME ON HERE MERELY TO ANTAGONIZE OTHERS WILL BE BANNED AS SOME WERE TODAY.

Eisendawg

March 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

Crap, Tennessee too.

DP

March 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

I agree that Hewitt’s flirtation with St. John’s won’t hurt recruiting. The fact that there is increasing recognition of his incompetent as a coach (his teams can’t feed the post, inbound the ball, shoot free throws, etc.) will hurt recruiting, however. The disdain for Hewitt isn’t just Atlanta based. On ESPN this morning, Doug Gottlieb (guest hosting on Mike and Mike) said that Syracuse had so many sloppy turnovers last night that they looked like they were coached by Paul Hewitt.

This is from a column by Bill Simmons of ESPN.com:

“This month’s ultimate “better than his teammates” example: Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors. For all we know, he might be the next Kevin Garnett. (Not saying he is; just saying that there’s no way of knowing.) His guards were gawd-awful and couldn’t get him the ball. His coach seemed uninterested in running plays through him (although to be fair, Paul Hewitt might just be in a coma). And if that wasn’t enough, his only good teammate played the exact same position and had his own first-round ideas. We learned nothing from his two March Madness games. Favors may as well have played in the 2010 Kazakhstan Cup.”

Techster

March 26th, 2010
6:16 pm

We have a great coach, great program and great players.

Now if only they could learn how to read and write. Maybe they could raise the BB Team’s graduation rate to above 38%.

David

March 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

Who cares who you beat. You had a losing record AGAIN this season….I have a hard time believing you will get 4 star talent either.

4 ncs are better than 1

March 26th, 2010
6:55 pm

You dawg fans need to quit worrying about GT BB, and go back to your blogs where you can bask in the glow of your awesome 12 win season.

David

March 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

Techster you’re retared if you’re serious. The team is NOT dumb the low graduation rate is because of players leaving for the NBA early or trasfers not because they can’t read and write.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 26th, 2010
8:19 pm

The fact is that St. Johns turned Hewitt down when it came to crunch time and he had no choice but to stay at Tech. Hewitt knows that his days are numbered and wanted out.

Hewitt Rules

March 26th, 2010
8:39 pm

After getting this young team to the second round of the ncaas and turning down the st. johns job, Ga Tech should reward hewitt with a huge raise and bonus–he’s due some serious green after that run.

GT Fan

March 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

Hewitt rules, what kind of serious green are you talking about. The DA has the highest paid contract are best contract in America. He can lose every game and get fired and still get $7 million. Wake up and get a life. Piss on Hewitt and if Rads is so in love with Hewitt then fire him to. X-Mens Basketball fan till PH is gone.

Gen Neyland

March 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

Take a seat, Coach Hewitt. Tennessee has your back..! On to the Elite 8. Go Vols

Chip : Don’t go getting BuLLdawg riled up by threating to ban his bad self…

Wreckmaniac

March 26th, 2010
11:32 pm

Any new UGA arrests this week ?

Porter

March 26th, 2010
11:34 pm

I understand there is also a possibility for Rod Days at of Miami FL 2011 class, He is the cousin of Synjyn and Jabari Days?

Wreckmaniac

March 26th, 2010
11:52 pm

After Coach K , what current ACC coach has kept his job 10 years other than Hewitt ? And what has entitled him to this ?

UGA>GT

March 27th, 2010
12:45 am

Got to Gt if you want to lose to UGA at everything. hahhahaaha

chdawg

March 27th, 2010
8:13 am

Hewitt already does a great job of recruiting so I don’t really see how this helps him. The question about Hewitt has been whether or not he is a good enough coach or not. He’s taken alot of heat from GT fans lately but he seems to be good enough to keep them above average. He sort of reminds me of Andy Landers though, you keep asking yourself with all the talent in GA why are they not doing better. Why aren’t they challenging for the conference and ncaa title more consistantly?

dog4life

March 27th, 2010
8:17 am

to 4 ncs are better than 1
3 of the guys you listed were one and dones, so they got outof dodge before they could be coached down. you can’t tell me that with all that talent he has coached those kids up.

Decatur Tech Fan

March 27th, 2010
8:22 am

“the horror……..the horror…..

Football Fan

March 27th, 2010
8:26 am

Mark Fox at Georgia has coached Travis Leslie from a fringe player to a possible NBA lottery pick. Hewitt takes 5 star players and makes them look lousy and they go into the NBA as projects.