Is Paul Hewitt's Epic Fail in Recruiting Linked To an Unhappy Fanbase?

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IMay 24, 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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Just when you didn't think it could get much worse for Georgia Tech basketball in 2010-11, this happens .

Missing out on another big man recruit and the possible departure of early graduate Brad Sheehan leaves the Yellow Jackets woefully thin in the post. Tech would start the season with just two scholarship players over 6'7" , neither of whom played last season.

It was not like Hewitt did not try to get some big men to come to Tech next year, he just missed out on all of them. First it was Will Yeguette going to Florida, then Marcus Thornton to Georgia, and now John Knox to North Carolina. To add insult, another prospect picked Fairfield over Georgia Tech.

You would think a guy who will have a frontcourt player picked in the top-five of the NBA draft and another likely in the late first round would not have this much trouble landing another big man.

Is this a sign of things to come?

Are top recruits avoiding Hewitt because of the controversy and fan unrest surrounding his recent years in Atlanta?

Unless Hewitt can get much, much, much improved guard play, Georgia Tech will be in for a rough season next year. That may force athletic director Dan Radakovich's hand from an already split fan base.

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