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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