What do Georgia Tech recruits think about ACC expansion?

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What do Georgia Tech’s basketball recruits think about Syracuse and Pitt joining the ACC? We asked them.

Georgia Tech has two commitments for its 2012 basketball recruiting class – North Gwinnett High School combo guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton High School swingman Marcus Hunt.

“I think it’s pretty big for the conference,” Bolden told the AJC. “Being able to play some the top Big East schools coming over to the ACC, it makes our conference a lot stronger. With those two, when you get to the conference tournament, it’s not going to matter who is playing who because everybody will be equally tough.”

Bolden also envisions a more powerful ACC helping Georgia Tech accelerate the turnaround of the program’s fortunes. “It puts us in a position to show that we are a basketball school,” he said. “And when we start beating up on the upper-tier ACC schools, it gives us a chance to make a name for ourselves.”

And what about Marcus Hunt? “The ACC was already one of the best conferences in basketball. With two additional teams, it will make us bigger and better.”

Hunt has had a growth spurt over the summer and now stands at 6-foot-6 ½ and 215 pounds.

  • Back to Bolden: If you remember, he went out for football as a senior “for the love of the game.” Through four games at wide receiver, Bolden said he has seven receptions, including three for touchdowns. Bolden, who will not play football in college, said Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory has been supportive of his decision to play football this year. “They like it because it gives you extra toughness when basketball season comes around.”

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nc2011

September 21st, 2011
2:36 am

GT has struggled in basketball recently and hasn’t been all that good at football either (outside of the ACC Championship season that was taken away). I just see this as them getting pushed further to the bottom of the ACC. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are both strong basketball schools and Pittsburgh’s football team has been pretty good as well. I don’t see this helping GT at all.

Oman Jacket

September 21st, 2011
3:49 am

nc2011, I disagree on Tech football. Yes, last year was a disappointment – but the CPJ years have been a huge sucess in my opinion. Tech football was not exactly kicking arse when PJ came onboard, so it took some time to right the ship. I see the next decade as as 7 ACC championships, 1NC, and 8 wins over the puppies.

Tech football has been more exciting in the last 4 years than the prior 15 combined. Bring on the mutts!

Old Boy

September 21st, 2011
6:29 am

For basketball, I think the conference will be as dominating as the SEC is in football. This will result in players signing for teams like Tech just for the opportunity to play ACC basketball. For football, however, I don’t see this move helping much as the teams don’t add much that isn’t already there. The important thing (for the ACC) is that they are now in two decent sized television markets.

Mountain Dawg

September 21st, 2011
6:42 am

Dawgs will continue to pound the NERDS in both football and basketball no matter what conference they are in.

Aurelius

September 21st, 2011
6:58 am

Pitt brings a pretty good football program and a pretty good bball program. Syracuse brings a top 10 basketball program and a re-build in football.

If the SEC expands to 14, and they will do so, I can see the annual Georgia v Georgia Tech game being in jeopardy.
If both conferences end up playing 9 conference games, coaches are gonna want to drop any BCS non-conference games.

Rumor is out that Missouri is the 14th SEC team. Denied, to an extent, by the SEC office. But Missouri makes moresense than anyone one else. Brand new TV market for the SEC.

Maryland Jacket married to Florida Gator

September 21st, 2011
7:05 am

Hey Mountain Dawg,

You may be right, but I assume you are hoping the SEC adds enough teams that UF will get moved to a different division from UGA so the MR puppies can actually play for a conference championship one decade. You can hope for a future division consisiting of UGA, Vandy, UK, Bowling Green, & Slippery Rock.

Sc

September 21st, 2011
7:33 am

It def helps when you add two power teams. I wonder how they will readjust alignment. And with the pac 10 saying they wont do more, for now, I guess we are done at 14 for a while.

Reality Bites

September 21st, 2011
8:09 am

We’ll see in 2 years about Basketball muttboys. We have to wash the stink of CPH off our school before we can get the motor running again.

JACKETfan12

September 21st, 2011
8:11 am

Oman Jacket-

Thats a bold prediction. I could see 5-6 wins over the dawgs, 4 ACC championships, and MAYBE one NC. I doubt a NC would be in the picture, though, given the “powerhouses” SEC and Pac 10. The “Experts” like the SEC and Pac 10 much more than the ACC and would it would be hard for an ACC team to get in. Then again, if the ACC expands and grabs Notre Dame and GT, Clemson, FSU can start winning consistently against rival SEC opponents, the ACC will gain more credibility.

I do think that this year’s team has the potential to be the best Johnson team at tech thus far… This weekend will tell A LOT. We will finally face a stiff defense. Johnson has his recruits in the system (wait I thought they all sucked??) and right now the offense is on fire. If Groh can keep building up the 3-4, GT will be a top team year in and year out.

Birmingham Jacket

September 21st, 2011
8:17 am

It will hurt recruiting in football.

We’re now officially a s*it-ass, crappy basketball conference.

Time to bolt.com to the Big-10 where we can play some football in a real man’s conference.

JACKETfan12

September 21st, 2011
8:22 am

Birmingham Jacket-

How can you say that? Clemson just beat the defending national champs, Miami just beat OSU, and FSU played right with arguably one of the best teams in the nation. And I dont care that Auburn doesn’t have Cam newton and OSU is down. They are still VERY good programs. The ACC is on the rise, IMO.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2011
8:22 am

What will happen is that it will get watered down. There is only so much room at the top and some of these “great” programs wont be so great anymore.

ECB

September 21st, 2011
8:25 am

This is not news worthy….give us something worth reading. What ever happened to the 10 at 10??

slydog

September 21st, 2011
8:27 am

Oman Jacket

While I agree that this move helps GT as far as branding is concerned in basketball, there is no such profile in football, except being in the first 14 team conference. This helps the conference as a whole more than any one particular school. And you must be smoking that last left hand cigarette this morning if you see 7 ACC championships,1 NC, and 8 wins out of 10 against UGA ? Or was it LSD? GT is no Nebraska or Oklahoma running the triple option. There is no JC Watts or Tommie Frazier ever going to that school. A better assessment: 3 ACC titles, maybe 1 NC, and no better than.500 against UGA in football. UGA will not hire a “Bill Lewis” to run their program after CMR. It will be a successful coach, one who matches the passion and toughness demanded by CPJ by his players. Basketball wise, this opens up the mid atlantic and northeast for better recruiting opportunities. Just keep most of the good ones in state or at least the best players, and GT should be fine.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2011
8:29 am

“Clemson just beat the defending national champs”

Umm… Auburn might not even have a winning record this year. Without their mercenaries they’re really down the SEC totem pole.

RxDawg

September 21st, 2011
8:29 am

“What ever happened to the 10 at 10??”

It’s on the UGA beat page.

Beast from the East

September 21st, 2011
8:32 am

Wouldn’t take too much stock in Clemson beating Auburn. They have one of the worst defenses in the entire nation. Look it up for yourselves. Miami over OSU was a solid win. FSU losing to Oklahoma at home is nothing to brag about. Moral victories don’t go in the win column. All that said, the ACC does appear to be heading in the right direction in terms of football.

JACKETfan12

September 21st, 2011
8:45 am

Auburn’s defense may be down, but they are still the defending national champs. The significance of the Clemson win over AU will be determined after looking at the rest of AU’s season.

Rodney Dangerfield

September 21st, 2011
8:59 am

Whenever an ACC teams beats any out of conference team it is because the other team is “down”. Sure Auburn with their top 10 recruiting over the past few years coming off a NC is down. Their team just plain out sucks. Sure thing. I guess the Dawgs are down too since they got whipped by a WAC team.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
9:51 am

It will be great for football. The STUDENT athletes in the North will now consider TECH even more. The high schools up north are so much better than schools in the south. Now tech can find more SMART kids to come south to play football and get a Great Educational Opportunity. I think the ACC needs to press Notre Dame to come to the ACC now. That is a Win Win situation.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 21st, 2011
10:40 am

It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of a b’ball schedule the ACC comes up with when Syracuse and Pitt are finally out of the Big East. There isn’t a double round robin now and with more teams some 2nd games are going to go. You can bet that MD still wants to play Duke 2x a year, NCSU wants to play UNC 2x a year, etc.
I can guarantee one thing – Duke and NC will still play 2x a year, incluuding the last regular season game of the season. It is Swofford’s most valuable b’ball asset and he’s going to keep it.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
11:07 am

Paul RUD
Don’t you think some of the OOC games are going to go away. Everybody wants their money’s worth for season tickets and playing the Western Carolina’s do nothing for the TV or Paying fans.

steaming pile

September 21st, 2011
11:20 am

who cares what recruits think–only the acc i guess–please give your articles more thought

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
11:34 am

Steaming Pile between the ears…………….What recruits think is why they choose schools and conferences. You really can’t be that dumb to think their opinion doesn’t matter.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 21st, 2011
11:38 am

5150
I think they’ll drop a couple of OOC games, but everyone still wants a few to get more net wins for the conference – it means more teams in the NCAA tourney. I can’t see the ACC going to more than 18 conference games. Adding 2 teams you don’t have to drop a return game but once you go to 16 (and Calhoun is begging for UConn to come in) something has to give.

Gorilla Biscuit

September 21st, 2011
11:42 am

Gorilla Biscuit

September 21st, 2011
11:42 am

’nuff said.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

Gorilla Biscuit
I see your are putting that Georgia Goment School’n to good use.

Fan

September 21st, 2011
12:13 pm

Mountain Dawg…back to your trailer. only thing you pound is your pud!

Gorilla Biscuit

September 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

You’re right 5150 UOAD, I should have said Tech sucks! Bank on it. There, proper English. Do I pass?

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

Monkey Butt
BANK ON IT? Like all the Banks are such a stable thing. I am beginning to think you do not even have your GED.

Gorilla Biscuit

September 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

Don’t need a GED to know that Tech sucks.

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

Oman Jacket

September 21st, 2011
3:49 am
nc2011, I disagree on Tech football. Yes, last year was a disappointment – but the CPJ years have been a huge sucess in my opinion. Tech football was not exactly kicking arse when PJ came onboard, so it took some time to right the ship. I see the next decade as as 7 ACC championships, 1NC, and 8 wins over the puppies.

Tech football has been more exciting in the last 4 years than the prior 15 combined. Bring on the mutts!

I am still rolling on the floor laughing at this prediction. You have to be the dumbest Tech fan in history. Not only will you not win 7 ACC titles you wont win any. Not only will you not win a NC, you wont even be talked about for the NC for 30 more years. You may win 8 games over UGA but that will be over 80 years!! hahahahahahahaha

Stick to the books Nerds and leave football to the big boys

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

.JACKETfan12

September 21st, 2011
8:11 am
Oman Jacket-

Thats a bold prediction. I could see 5-6 wins over the dawgs, 4 ACC championships, and MAYBE one NC

And you get 2nd place in the dumbest nerd contest! I mean really you cant believe that you will win 4 ACC titles?????? Or believe that you will go 5-5 with UGA over the next decade. Whats even worse though is that you think theres a chance for a NC. Thats really sad. Hate to burst your bubble but, POP Tech sucks.

It will be another decade or two before tech is even relevant again. In 3-5 years CPJ will be gone along with the abomination you call an offense, and you will have to rebuild again from nothing. Then maybe 5-7 years later you become relevant but not likely. Keep Dreaming Nerds!!

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

By the way I am still laughing

Best jokes i have heard all day.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
4:47 pm

Still Laughing
Maybe UGA will win a MNC since R.E.M finally called it quits. UGA has been cursed for the last 30 since those goofballs created the Athens Music Scene.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

Athens doesn’t celebrate Christmas………….because they can’t find 3 Wise Men or a Virgin.

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

finding a virgin is easy just go down to tech and grab the first guy you see!

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:56 pm

And by the way those predictions were so ridiculous and hillarious that i just had to send them out to as many UGA fans as possible.

Number one response: “What is he smoking”/”What drugs do those nerds take”

BigTimeTechFan

September 21st, 2011
4:57 pm

UOAD and Still Laughing:

That’s was pretty funny exchange

Still Laughing

September 21st, 2011
4:57 pm

Those predictions were so hillarious i couldnt help but send them to as many UGA fans as possible.

Number one response: “What is he smoking”/”What drugs do those nerds take”

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

He must have gotten some the UGA Richt Bobo Koolaid I guess. Wait that would be the Goff,Donan,Richt,Bobo Koolaid.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
5:03 pm

I is stronger and keep people delusional for Decades. It is Stronger than the Gailey Koolaid Tech had.

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Rodney Dangerfield

September 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

Mr. SEC is the biggest SEC homer of them all. He has some article detailing how FSU and Maryland want out of the ACC even after voting to raise the exit fee. He says FSU is beating down the doors at the SEC wanting in!

Still Laughing

September 22nd, 2011
9:31 am

FSU does want in the SEC. Bowden was the only one keeping them out bc the ACC is a joke. U finally got 12 teams and couldnt even divide the leagues up evenly for talent.

And to the 5150 idiot… You know nothing of sports. I love reading your delusional staements everywhere. Enjoy constantly underperforming in bball and football, as well is getting owned by the Dawgs in both sports yet again. Tech is joke just like the ACC.

blackprix

September 22nd, 2011
1:36 pm

FSU has got to be the most overrated team in football. Coming in at #5 preseason was a joke.

I doubt they are SEC bound anytime soon. That program has lost a lot over the last 10 years and they need to get a whole lot back. Jimbo has a lot to prove.