Two ex-basketball recruits of Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory granted scholarship releases

What does new Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory think about the two basketball recruits that were released from his former school on Tuesday?

We’ll let Gregory tell him yourself — in past tense. Here’s video of Gregory talking about Percy Gibson and LaDontae Henton after they signed with the University of Dayton last November. Now that both players are free agents again, NCAA rules prevent college coaches from currently commenting on them.

Both were recently named to the Detroit News “Dream Team” as two of the five best high school players in Michigan. Gibson is a 6-foot-9 center who led his team to the state championship game, averaging 22 points and 11.5 rebounds. Henton is a 6-7 forward who was named AP Class A Player of the Year after averaging 25.6 points and 14.5 rebounds.

Gibson and Henton both requested and were granted releases from their basketball scholarships on Tuesday. Naturally, it has led to speculation that both players (especially Gibson) may be interested in following Gregory to Georgia Tech.

“Percy and LaDontae committed to the University of Dayton after a long recruiting process, and after the coaching change they and their families feel it is in their best interest to start fresh,” new Dayton  coach Archie Miller said in a press release.  “I understand that, and I respect their wishes in this matter.

“The conversations I have had with them have been positive toward myself, our program and the University of Dayton, and I look forward to them getting to know me better in the recruiting process so that they remain Flyers.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Tech = POMPOUS

April 12th, 2011
10:28 pm

It’s true.

GTJACKETS86

April 12th, 2011
10:32 pm

Bring em on down here Gregory!! 5-3 win tonight! THWG!

David

April 12th, 2011
10:35 pm

I would love to get Percy Gibson down here. He is a beast and we need big man. I think LaDontae Hamilton is a great player as well but we really don’t need any wings.

GTBob

April 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Isn’t it LaDontae Henton, not Hamilton?

Ryan

April 12th, 2011
10:56 pm

I live in Lansing,Michigan and I’ve seen Henton play atleast a dozen times and the kid can flat out ball! Think Glenn Rice Jr. type player. And Gibson is a beast! Two players Michigan State went after and Gregory landed. These two would be huge pick ups! Go get’em coach!!!!

GT2002

April 12th, 2011
11:01 pm

Chip, how many scholarships does Tech have to offer next year assuming Shumpert returns?

Jacket

April 12th, 2011
11:04 pm

It is LaDontae Henton, who was second in voting for Michigan Mr. Basketball. Gibson’s coach has already said that he doesn’t expect him to go far from home.

David

April 12th, 2011
11:05 pm

If Shumpert returns we still have 3 scholarships left for the 2011 class and if we don’t add anyone in this class then we have 4 for the 2012 class since Shumpert is the only senior.

GT2002

April 12th, 2011
11:12 pm

Thanks David, so can we really afford to sign both of these guys and leave only 2 scholarships for 2012? Don’t we need to be offering a few PG’s?

Buzzzed

April 12th, 2011
11:14 pm

As we have found out, good recruits don’t make a good team. Hope Gregory can turn things around.

headley lamar

April 12th, 2011
11:16 pm

How did the drunkard Matt Skole do tonight?

Gt76

April 12th, 2011
11:20 pm

Why would either of these guys come to Georgia tech from Michigan just because gregory is here now? Are they even qualified to get in tech? This seems to be a fairy tale for a story.

George Stein

April 12th, 2011
11:26 pm

Not sure, headley. He was on the winning team though.

Dirk Dribbler

April 12th, 2011
11:32 pm

Time to hear the Jacket fans go on and on about these two. I guess a Dayton recruit = ACC legend in the making.

Ramblin'

April 12th, 2011
11:45 pm

headley… a dawg/sec fan commenting on crime…LMAO

BTW. He drove in a run. Just like at the Ted last year, right fielder flops like a fish on the ground while a critical run scores.

Michael Carvell

April 12th, 2011
11:53 pm

@Gt76, it does indeed seem far-fetched, but stranger things have happened. Recruiting often comes downs to “relationships.”

The Dude

April 13th, 2011
1:11 am

@Gt76, Dayton is an academic institution first, albeit private in nature. In all likelihood they would qualify at Tech.

Sir Hit a lot

April 13th, 2011
1:18 am

Don’t worry dirk, uga won’t be anything in the making next year with 4 of it’s top 6 players gone! Back to sucking for UGA! Best team at UGA in decades barely gets into the NCAA then becomes 1 AND DONE at the big dance!!!! No shock, you guys have never been on the national scene often in hoops. 1 year of success doesn’t make uga important on the national stage.

Meanwhile, GT likely returns every starter as indications are shump will come back. Now that hewitt is gone, don’t be shocked to see better coaching put more wins up for us! You guys will do good to just make the NIT in 2012!!!

Stinger2

April 13th, 2011
5:31 am

Since I am not an insider and don`t know much about how recruiting “games” are played, I pass on a comment about these players and where they wind up. I do hope that all those Hewitt bashers will be more kind to Coach Gregory.

ToeMeetsLeather

April 13th, 2011
6:55 am

headley, I think Skole and the rest of the team broke away from a party just long enough to kick your hapless nad lickers in the teeth.

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2011
7:14 am

Guys,
Headley is just standing up for what he believes in. I think it’s great that the UGA athletic department has collectively taken a pledge against drinking. That is a group of fine young men over there in the UGA athletic department. They really know how to keep their noses clean.

Hewitt Fan

April 13th, 2011
7:27 am

@Sir Hit a lot said this stupid comment “Now that hewitt is gone, don’t be shocked to see better coaching put more wins up for us! ”
Players win games not coaches!..Hewitt had front court issues, and when miller and hicks did play well the ACC refs made them sit down…Hewitt is 10x the coach Gregory is or will ever be..Dayton offense looked horrible last year..good luck Gregory though…I see his first hire was Dollar, a long time friend of the GREAT ATLANTA CELTIC program, at least Gregory understands we determine his fate!

Frankly

April 13th, 2011
7:33 am

THWGT!!!
That is all.

UGA=YAWN

April 13th, 2011
7:35 am

Dude (Frankly); you, your school and your teams are losers! UGA may be more popular in the state of Georgia but GT is the shining star of the state.

RambleOn84

April 13th, 2011
7:40 am

Hewitt Fan,
Please spare us from any further talk about your little rec league team.

michael

April 13th, 2011
8:17 am

i wish they’d come down but it’s like me dreaming of winning the whole loot in fantasy 5.

you can't fix stupid

April 13th, 2011
8:26 am

@Hewitt Fan … give it a rest dude … clearly YOU’RE the ONLY one who thinks Hewitt is a good coach, that the ACC Refs are a problem and that the ATL Celtics determine anything related to GT roundball success.

@headly lamar … not sure about Skole’s performance in baseball last night, but I thought I saw a highlight of him buying rounds of shots for the players in the dugout as GT pounded Uga in the 9th inning (again).

“Now go do that voo-doo that you do so weeeeeelllllllllll”

JM

April 13th, 2011
9:02 am

I think they’ll stick closer to home. I hope they find the best situation, if its at GT, then I’ll cheer for them.

Scout Hound

April 13th, 2011
9:15 am

I was born and rised in Lansing,MI, but have lived here in the ATL for almost 30 years now. I am very much connected to the high schol basketball landscape in Michigan which has a long rich awesome history. If Heaton was to come to Tech, he would be hands down their best catch, and Gibson would be 1A !In the state of Michigan, you do not have to be a Scouts/Rivials guy to be a baller,Think Jordan Crawford (Detriot)Hawks/Wizards,Keith Benson/Oakland U,projected late round pick this year. I can go on, and on. All of these guys were under the radar, in Michigan there is a McDonalds All American game at every pick up game.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 13th, 2011
9:20 am

Do either of these two players have a tattoo of Jesus holding a basketball like the great Atlanta Celtics players do?

Hewitt Fan can’t go through life without playing the victim card. Sucks being you.

gt4ever

April 13th, 2011
9:37 am

GT76.

If they can play, GT will find a way to grant admittance…. I am really sick of the holier than thou attitude of some GT fans…. If they can play, they will get in to school….. We just don’t have a whold lot of interest from blue chip players…

gt4ever

April 13th, 2011
9:45 am

Well, let me qualify the interest from blue chip players…. We have more interest from Basketball, Baseball players than Football players….. I have NO idea why.

GT GRAD

April 13th, 2011
10:22 am

I would love to see both of these stellar players at GT playing round ball for Coach Gregory!

The Bees Nees

April 13th, 2011
10:36 am

We need a point guard, but I’ll take these guys too.

blazer

April 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Hope Gregory still recruits some of the players he was recruiting for Dayton for 2012.

Big 6-10 center and i 6-5 guard from Indiana (3.6gpa) note

Marquis

April 13th, 2011
10:52 am

First I wanna say that I would rather we get the Richardson kid first from OK and maybe the the 6′9 kid. But for all you guys talking about the Atlanta Celtics please do some research and realize that they are more than just a rec team. Every year they are loaded with top prospects and plus I’ve even seen college scouts at there games. Go Tech!!!!

WarTiger

April 13th, 2011
10:58 am

“How did the drunkard Matt Skole do tonight?”

He was tanked as usual. But drove in a run. Even drunks can hit Georgia pitching.

collegeballfan

April 13th, 2011
11:09 am

Here is the write up from the Detroit Free Press for what it’s worth:

F LaDontae Henton Lansing Eastern, 6-7, Senior
Accomplishments: Finished his career with 2,000 points and was spectacular this year averaging 25.2 points, 14.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals for the Quakers. Posted a triple double against Saginaw Arthur Hill and had 19 double-doubles during the regular season. Committed to Dayton.

C Percy Gibson Detroit Southeastern, 6-9, Senior
Accomplishments: One of the state’s best big men, Gibson averaged 21.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game as the Jungaleers reached the Class A title game. Has soft hands, and his work on the left side of the court was unstoppable at times. Committed to Dayton.

For what it’s worth.

ignition

April 13th, 2011
11:15 am

The Atlanta Celtics are WAAAAYYY more than a rec team…
I hope you clowns understand that..

Peach Basket

April 13th, 2011
11:27 am

@Hewitt Fan

Is “Bishop” Eddie still laying hands on the Celtics? Naughty naughty

GTBob

April 13th, 2011
11:36 am

Whether the Atlanta Celtics are more then a rec team or not is irrelevant. Hewitt Fan seems to think that the success of GT and probably every other college team on earth relies on where the Atlanta Celtics players decide to go to college and that we should all bow down to their power and glory. They really aren’t that important.

Jacketbacker

April 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

5-3!!!! Not much crap from tard nation about the ” Diamond Dogs”. 5 in a row!

Go Jackets!!!

Tosh.No

April 13th, 2011
1:20 pm

Oh good for tech then, maybe next year they can actually beat Kennesaw State LOLOLOL.

Tosh.No

April 13th, 2011
1:23 pm

Jesus, the penis envy of tech fans is always so funny. It brings a big smile to my face every day reading what their alumni post on these message boards. We get it, you have a little wang and it upsets you. Jesus, shouldn’t most of you be looking for jobs anyway?

FullMetalJacket

April 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

Five in a row over the mutts in baseball. Now it’s time to start turning the tide on the football field and basketball court. We’ll (thankfully) never be the football factory/jock fluffers that UGA has become, but as we meet our goals of competing for conference championships we should be able to pick up an upset or solid win over them on a more consistent basis. Congrats to the Bat Jackets on a surprisingly good season in a rebuilding year, and here’s hoping that CPJ and CBG continue to get their teams ready for battles to come.

FullMetalJacket

April 13th, 2011
1:33 pm

Given Tosh.No’s religious leanings (Jesus this, Jesus that) I am surprised he doesn’t know that Jesus does not read this blog. Jesus is a big Tech fan and hates the mutts, mind you, but he is way too busy to read this blog. As for penis envy, Tosh should know a great deal about this topic, given the projection of his insecurities onto a fanbase that already has jobs. I’d say “grow a pair”, but since Tosh already can not find his poker it would only complicate his search.

Brock

April 13th, 2011
1:37 pm

so Tosh says penis brings a big smile to his face…….

Wilson Dunkit

April 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Sign ‘em up, coach, if you think they fit your plan here at Tech. I don’t know if that is part of their motivation for jumping ship, and I don’t know if they fit current personnel and the big picture here at Tech, but you sure know. I agree we may need to save a scholarship or two for point guards since your teams’ playing style and Tech’s tradition leans that way. Already excited andlooking forward to the “Gypsy Season” next year as we play without a home and transition into a new era of winning and playing hard.

Mrs. Hewitt

April 13th, 2011
1:41 pm

Hewitt Fan, it’s time to take out the garbage and clean the garage. Just because you got fired doesn’t mean you can neglect your chores. And, I’ve got a hair appointment so you need to pick up the girls today. I swear, if I catch you on that computer again when I get back I’m gonna whip you like Kennesaw State.

Mrs. Hewitt

April 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

And don’t you go blaming the refs for not mowing the lawn again.