Quinton Stephens: 3-star commits to Georgia Tech over Clemson

Georgia Tech-bound Quinton Stephens with his parents

Georgia Tech-bound Quinton Stephens with his parents

Georgia Tech added a little hometown flavor to its 2013 basketball recruiting class.

Quinton Stephens, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound swingman from Marist high school, committed to Georgia Tech over Clemson, Tennessee and Miami on Sunday. He made the decision at the conclusion of his official visit with the Yellow Jackets on Sunday.

“I went to Clemson the previous week and really enjoyed it,” Stephens told the AJC. “But coming here [to Georgia Tech], it really stood out to me that it was a great place. I fit in really well with the players and coaches. And just the atmosphere and all around … it really was a good fit for all the things I was looking for.”

Stephens liked Georgia Tech so much that he went ahead and immediately canceled his upcoming recruiting trips to Miami and Tennessee.

“I just felt like I had no reason to prolong the process if I really felt like Georgia Tech was the place for me,” Stephens said. “I mean, it would be wrong for me to go on the other visits I had planned if I knew in the back of my mind I was definitely going to Georgia Tech.”

Stephens is ranked as a 3-star by Rivals. Last year as a junior, he averaged 18.9 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists for Marist. Stephenson, who has a 3.0 GPA and wants to major in Environmental Engineering, played for the Atlanta Express AAU team. He was won over by the personality of Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory.

“It’s just the fact that he’s honest about what I need to do to develop, and with what he sees in me,” Stephens said. “I really like his honesty. He keeps it blunt. He tells you when you do something wrong, but he’ll encourage you and teach you.”

Stephens is the second member of this year’s recruiting class, along with point guard Solomon Poole of Jackonsville. Georgia Tech has one more scholarship available for 2013.

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28 comments Add your comment

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 16th, 2012
10:42 pm

CBG has GT headed in a great direction. ” GO JACKETS “

Yellow Jacket Pride

September 16th, 2012
10:53 pm

When you were an asst under one of the best coaches in college basketball “tom Izzo” then you’re bound for success. GT is on its way outta the hole Hewitt put them in. Watch out NCAA

Tech Man

September 16th, 2012
11:18 pm

I’m not so confident. With the addition of the Big East teams, it will be a real chore for Tech to win half of the ACC games.

tech man....

September 16th, 2012
11:46 pm

we will be fine. the acc is watered down as compared to when bc was coach. the coaching in the acc back then was much better from top to bottom.

Gold & Black

September 17th, 2012
12:11 am

He thought if he came into Tech he would get a chance to play and beat Alabama, knowing that UGA ducked out from playing the Tide so they could schedule Florida Atlantic sisters of the poor.

GT the OG SEC team.

buzzzzzz

September 17th, 2012
2:31 am

Gold & Black: I assume you commented without even reading the article….this is about a basketball recruit, not a football recruit.

Big Ol Stinger

September 17th, 2012
6:31 am

Hopefully that was the beer talking Gold & Black. Sheeesh.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 17th, 2012
6:34 am

Great decision Quinton, welcome to TECH. GT offers the best combination of academics and athletic pursuits in the southeast. Now work hard and get ready to help CBG put TECH back on the map in BBall.

Buddly Landel

September 17th, 2012
7:07 am

Looks like Pablo Machado.

I'm with Big Ol Stinger...

September 17th, 2012
7:43 am

…SHEESH to Gold & Black – sometimes you just can’t believe how dumb Tech supporters can be…

gt4ever

September 17th, 2012
8:46 am

LOL @ Gold and Black… He must be on some heavy stuff….

Seriously?

September 17th, 2012
9:11 am

Good luck in your college career except in all games against the red & black. Glad you decided to stay in state instead of leaving. Coach BG will certainly encourage and teach you well, solid coach IMO.

Road Scholar

September 17th, 2012
9:57 am

Good luck Quinton. Great decision. Environmental engineering curriculum/standing is No 2 in the country (US News and WR). Oh and you play BBall!

anti4baldheadedyankees

September 17th, 2012
10:47 am

Nice player, nice sign;but the star-gazers will stand in rebellion, a 3star, heaven forbid!

buzz

September 17th, 2012
10:53 am

Smart kid..great parents. Welcome to GT.

GT Girl

September 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Welcome to GA Tech Quinton! We are proud to have you come on board. You will love playing in our new arena! Congratulations and GO Jackets!
Gold and Black-I thought your comments were funny. We were originally in the SEC and we are not afraid to play the Tide in any sport!

Ernest

September 17th, 2012
10:57 am

Welcome to GT young man! I hope you have similar successes at GT as a former Marist alumnus did several years ago.

Bama Boy

September 17th, 2012
11:16 am

Sounds like maybe yall are gettin another John Salley!I hope so GT’s a fine school!THWG and RTR!

Pitbull

September 17th, 2012
11:51 am

Its basketball so who cares?

Girls play basketball.

RichieRich

September 17th, 2012
12:19 pm

Sounds like a quality recruit, but 180 and 6′9″ wow!!! Get him to the training table.

hoop junkie

September 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

Q is a great kid, and his parents are even better ! I have known q since he was toddler. He is a outstanding example of what going pro should mean. He will be a diamond in the rough player at tech. They will say ” how did we let this kid get away” but he will be a great professional whatever, and it does not have to be hoop. He will just be successful in life period. And he is going to hurt some peoples feelings on the hoop court once he gets stronger and learns the college game.

coachcal

September 17th, 2012
2:25 pm

Smart move not going to Tennessee. Hope he does great at GT.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

RichieRich, Scout and Rivals has him listed at an average of 6-8, 200 lbs. I think Cravell is off a bit on what he has listed.

BravesFan79

September 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

I sure hope this guy is a good shooter, because hes not big enough to be a PF. GT will be a pretty good team within 2 years.

NCAA Compliance Officer

September 18th, 2012
12:21 pm

So ACC schools are adding 4 and 5 star recruits and GT is making noise about a 3* kid, no offence to Stephens, with his length I am sure he will be useful but Gregory has got to raise his game with that third scholarship for 2013.

crackbaby

September 18th, 2012
9:42 pm

6′ 9″ and 180 lbs Shades of John Salley! Seriously, that was Spider in his first two years at Tech.

Welcome to Tech!

hoop junkie

September 19th, 2012
9:56 am

Yes he can shoot the ball for surw, and then some.

analyst

September 19th, 2012
1:05 pm

I have seen about 10 of his games and he shoots the ball as well as anyone I have ever seen at 6′9″ NBA range in high school and he still has a year left. Trust me Tech fans, you will not be disappointed.