Has Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt Lost His Recruiting Touch?

Jeffrey FannAnalyst IMay 19, 2010

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Head coach Paul Hewitt of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets reacts in the second half while taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Bradley Center on March 21, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Today was quietly the final day for high school basketball players to sign a letter of intent. At Georgia Tech , head coach Paul Hewitt   anxiously awaited the decision of Georgia's Mr. Basketball Marcus Thornton.

Thornton signed with the University of Georgia. It should be added that Thornton was released from his commitment from Clemson University   after the departure of former head coach Oliver Purnell. The ACC has a rule that forces intra-conference transfers to sit out one year. Thornton may have appealed, but the chances were slim of winning. The bottom line is for the second time three years; Georgia Tech signed 1 person class.

Paul Hewitt in recent years has recruited and signed future NBAers like Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack , Anthony Morrow,Thaddeus Young, and Javaris Crittenton. This year's NBA draft will include Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal, but the 1 person class appears to be a disturbing trend.

The 2010 features class features an athletic 6-4 guard Jason Morris, but that's it. Hewitt's recent recruiting missteps could leave the Jackets with only 2 scholarship players for next year taller than 6-6, especially if 7-0 senior center Brad Sheehan decides to leave Georgia Tech. That appears likely at the moment.

Sheehan may be a surprise, but the 6-10 Favors was always a one and done player and the 6-9 Lawal was a near certainty to leave after his junior year. Hewitt was unable to sign a single big man crucial to this year's class, and Georgia Tech will be woefully small next year.

Duke proved you don't need a Shaq in the paint, but you can't teach size, and they had it with Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. One last chance exists with 6-9 Alabama transfer Justin Knox. Knox is considering Georgia Tech, but I'd bet he ends up at North Carolina.

I'm not sure what Hewitt was counting on, but in a league like the ACC you can't afford to be that small. In addition 6-8 Kammeon Holsey and 6-11 Daniel Miller have absolutely no collegiate experience. They better grow up in a hurry or it will be a long season in Atlanta.

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