Basketball: Marcus Hunt picks Georgia Tech over UGA, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Louisville, others

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Georgia’s top available college basketball prospect on the perimeter, Marcus Hunt, committed to Georgia Tech on Friday.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from North Clayton High School picked Georgia Tech among his eight finalists of UGA, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Hunt will play both shooting guard and small forward in college.

“Georgia Tech, they got one of the top recruits in the state, as well as the country,” North Clayton basketball coach Martisse Troup told the AJC. “I feel like Marcus will do well at Georgia Tech. We have had a couple of football players from North Clayton go on to Georgia Tech. I think Marcus is going to do well at Georgia Tech.”

“Anything Georgia Tech asks Marcus to do, he will take care it. Any challenge you give him, he will do it. It’s unbelievable how well-rounded his game is.”

Hunt averaged 26.7 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks as a junior last year at North Clayton. “Early on, he had a lot of mid-major offers, with schools like Richmond, VCU, Wichita State, and Jacksonville State but his stock really went up after his junior season at North Clayton, as well as his stellar performance this summer in AAU ball,” Troup said. “He could’ve gone just about anywhere.”

Georgia Tech G-F recruit Marcus Hunt (Photo courtesy of D1Spects.com's Kristopher M. Gordon/Kristopher@d1spects.com)

Georgia Tech G-F recruit Marcus Hunt (Photo courtesy of D1Spects.com's Kristopher M. Gordon/ Kristopher@d1spects.com)

Hunt got rave reviews from college scouts for being a “team player.” When North Clayton needed a more dominating presence in the post area during Hunt’s sophomore year, he willingly moved inside. Hunt returned to his natural position on the perimeter last season.

Hunt became the most-heavily recruited backcourt player out of the state of Georgia over the summer after his all-star play with AAU’s Georgia Stars.

He is the second homegrown player to join Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class, along with North Gwinnett High School’s Chris Bolden, who will play both point guard and shooting guard. When Bolden committed to Georgia Tech on Aug. 6, he publicly called on his buddy Hunt to join him with the Yellow Jackets.

New Georgia Tech assistant Chad Dollar, who was hired away from Wichita State in April, also played a major role in landing Hunt for the ACC school. “Chad really did a incredible job with recruiting Marcus,” Troup said. “He was on him early when he was at Wichita State, built a good relationship, and stayed on him.”

Here’s video of Marcus Hunt vs. Jordan Adams from our friends at CourtCred.Com. Adams, the former Central Gwinnett standout, has committed to UCLA.

86 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

August 19th, 2011
11:34 am

Good luck to you, Marcus. Make the best of your scholarship on the hardwood and in the classroom. .. Go Dawgs!

OH Yeahhh!!

August 19th, 2011
11:35 am

GA Tech = Legit!

OH Yeahhh!!

August 19th, 2011
11:36 am

@JAWJeRDAWG Thanks for the Classy comment, hopefully it wont turn into the online flaming like it usually does…

PR

August 19th, 2011
11:40 am

Sounds like GT got a good one. Good luck to him except when he plays the team in Red and Black from Athens!

Buzzed

August 19th, 2011
11:40 am

Congrats Marcus Hunt. In related news, Mark Richt recruited Cam Newton as TE … BAHAHahaha

DawginLex

August 19th, 2011
11:41 am

Hard work pays off doesn’t it? Upped his offers from mid level teams to top D-1 schools.

Good luck.

rduck

August 19th, 2011
11:42 am

welcome Mr. Hunt and thank you for your commitment to the Jackets. Can’t wait to see you on the court. Great job by coach Gregory and staff on getting a solid player in Hunt…

Hewitt Fan

August 19th, 2011
11:46 am

good pick up for GT..Now if only CBG can get some calls in the ACC!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 19th, 2011
11:47 am

Wonder what kind of garbage Hewitt Fan will have to say about this?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 19th, 2011
11:48 am

Well, you beat me to the punch, HF, and thanks for a classy comment.

Hewitt Fan

August 19th, 2011
11:54 am

Supersize that order, mutt
August 19th, 2011
11:48 am

I always keep it classy!..i like what CBG is doing on the recruiting trail..CPH left him 2 future 1st round picks in Rice Jr and Morris, and Miller can be a solid big man if the ACC refs quit calling cheap fouls on him.. If CBG gets any calls at all on the road in the ACC he might be ok…

Tech Fan

August 19th, 2011
11:54 am

Do they play defense in AAU ball? Thats the first time I have watched a licp of AAU ball and it looked like an NBA allstar game.

Tech Fan

August 19th, 2011
11:55 am

I wonder if they are going to continue going after Montay Brandon?? He is high on us as well.

Flo-Ri-Duh

August 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

Tech still has Hewitt (Baby Huey) and they will continue to underachieve. Until they get a coach with the ability achieve Dawgs have nothing to worr about. To bad another talented player will go to waste.

Ramblin Man

August 19th, 2011
12:04 pm

Looks like CBG is doing a nice job and I am glad to see recruits helping with the recruiting. This is shaping up to be a nice class and a really good team looks to hit the new court for a new start in GT basketball.
Thanks for the classy posts UGA fans.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 19th, 2011
12:06 pm

that was about as stupid a comment as I have ever seen posted here, Flo. You have no idea whatsoever what kind of team Gregroy will produce. He’s certainly gathering the talent, which many didn’t believe he could do. This coming year will be rough, but the future is certainly promising

Ramblin Man

August 19th, 2011
12:06 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh you might want to keep up with current affairs in GT sports if you are going to bash GT.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

Ramblin Man, I assumed that Flo was calling Gregory “baby huey” Maybe I was wrong and he’s not only stupid, he’s totally out of touch with recent events. In either event, he’s obviously full of it

DSimm

August 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

How about that Dreamteam, baby

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 19th, 2011
12:12 pm

Bringing in Chad Dollar was a great move. B-ball may be back at GT. ” ROCK ON JACKETS “

Tech Fan

August 19th, 2011
12:17 pm

It appears Robert Carter is the next big target for CBG

poof!!!

August 19th, 2011
12:20 pm

It’s good that some of these players are staying in state. I would like to see Tech and Georgia stay in the top twenty-five.

Ramblin Man

August 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

Supersize,
I considered that, and as you say either way he looks stupid. Everything I have heard sounds good for GT basketball. CBG has hit the ground running with current players really taking to his coaching and game philosophy and high school coaches and recruits really like his pitch. I don’t expect fireworks this season but I really think he can turn things around for GT basketball and make the team relevant again while keeping kids focused on education.

BigTimeTechFan

August 19th, 2011
12:24 pm

Awesome, 1st congrats to Hunt and Tech.

Wow:
If UGA gets Shaq Goodwin with Mann and Gaines to go with last years class
If Tech can get a big like Robert Carter (dreaming) and say Montay Brandon along with Bolden and Hunt

We will have some big time games played in Georgia. UGA has very nice coach in Fox and I really feel Tech did well in getting Gregory.

See ya in the sweet sixteem Red and Black, that would be cool.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 19th, 2011
12:25 pm

Ramblin Man, sounds like that to me too.

CharlestonDAWG

August 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

UGA wanted. GT got. Good pick up Techies!! Mr. Hunt use this opportunity to excel. Dont go do something silly. Keep your grades up and play ball!!! Sept 3rd baby I cant wait. Go Dawgs! GATA.

Tech Fan

August 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

BigTimeTechFan,

I hear ya there. If all those players stay in state, wow!!

AnnapolisDawg

August 19th, 2011
12:35 pm

Congrats Techies and more importantly, congrats to you Mr. Hunt! Keep your head about you and enjoy what should be the best 4 years of your life!!! GO DAWGS!!!

A local goodun he is

August 19th, 2011
12:51 pm

GT got a goodun. Congrats.

Go Dogs!

Douglas

August 19th, 2011
12:51 pm

It will be interesting to see how Fox does this year with us losing so many good players. I still think Fox needs to find an AAU coach who can coach and recruit for UGA. If we do not make any inroads to the AAU, players will continue to go to GT or out of state.

prison mike

August 19th, 2011
12:52 pm

Tech never has had a problem with recruiting swing players/shooting guards. They have always needed a physical low post player.

dawg2

August 19th, 2011
12:57 pm

Great job GT..things looking better already with Hewitt gone.

Daddy

August 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

Congrats GT. And thanks for the classy comments Dawgs.

Go Jackets.

Albanydog

August 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

Good luck Marcus

Dawg 1

August 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

Congrats to the young man and Georgia Tech. Hope he has a great career, just not too much success when playing UGA.

Nice to see less trash and more substance in the comments for a change. Then again, there is still plenty of hours in this day.

BigTimeTECHfan

August 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

“Tech never has had a problem with recruiting swing players/shooting guards. They have always needed a physical low post player.”

problem is not been getting them but keeping them more then 1 year:
Bosh
Favors
T Young
Lewal (stayed awhile but he was good big recruit)
Last got Royal

Oh yea, Brandon Reed should help Tech this year, I don’t even know who’s going to start for Tech this year

But Tech needs big man to help Hicks and

Todd "I'm chokin on a chicken bone" Grantham

August 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

We did offer, we didn’t want him, he couldn’t stand the competition, how does he taste? My $750,000 will buy a lot of honey roasted shooting gaurds.

ormewood

August 19th, 2011
1:53 pm

That’s a pretty impressive offer list. Good get for Coach Gregory. Still some good ones left in GA, particularly Carter and Goodwin.

GetaLifeDawgs99

August 19th, 2011
1:58 pm

Really Dawgs99????? No matter what the subject is, you always have something to say about Jordan Adams in every comment section. Leave Jordan Adams alone. He’s a great kid. Stop hatin and get a life!

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 19th, 2011
2:02 pm

All I can say is GO JACKETS! CBG gets this year off-campus to stock the cupboard and build his team before the Hank McCammish Pavilion opens. But I did NOT think we’d be reading stories like this just yet! I might have to actually go check out where this “Gwinnett Arena” place is this season a time or two….

GO JACKETS!

GTJason

August 19th, 2011
2:05 pm

If we get Robert Carter the Mcamish Pavilion will become the Thrillerdome 2.0. Hats off to Gregory but the school is not hard to recruit for. Yes, the academic requirements are tough but we should have good recruits every year. I want to see something done with them…

slydog

August 19th, 2011
2:14 pm

GT just got a serious beast. Hopefully he stays there for yall 3 years. He is basketball ballhawk, as witnessed by his scoring and rebounding. Get your education Marcus. GT will send you places

CDawg

August 19th, 2011
2:22 pm

My pizza delivery guy is more famous than GT’s new head coach whoever that is

Recruiting

August 19th, 2011
2:29 pm

Good pickup for the rivals.

Reality Bites

August 19th, 2011
2:34 pm

Give it up to Chad Dollar! Unlike that paranoid,underperforming, undelegating POS we has last year, this coach knows how to delegate. Guess Hewitt Fan can STFU and GTFO. Guess we will still get AAU kids, if we WANT em. Go to the GM blog or whereever u turd coach landed. Go Jackets.

JM

August 19th, 2011
3:16 pm

very nice. I hope the recruiting continues. We’ll see what happens on the floor this year. Rebuilding in Progress!

AGTFan

August 19th, 2011
3:35 pm

I can’t believe this is an AJC blog, with all the civil discourse. I like it. The only barking is a few GT fans barking at another GT fan for liking the old coach. Sounds like Coach BG knows what he’s doing and the good days may be returning. I like it when both UGA and GT are good and competitive. The “Good Old Fashioned Hate” is more fun when both schools are doing well.

Buzz ME

August 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

with Boldin, Hunt and Julian Rose who will be here this year, CBG is building an awesome team. All these guys are great kids and obviously smart because they did not allow themselves t be DAWGS

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be DAWGS

August 19th, 2011
3:49 pm

great pick-uo

collegeballfan

August 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

“…2 future 1st round picks in Rice Jr and Morris…”

Please!

Maybe Morris a low 2nd round. Rice will be overseas player.

But yeah, Miller has a chance to be pretty good. At 6′11″ he is a possible 1st rounder.