NCB On The Trail: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:

#AskCoachB: Making a point

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Romelo Trimble is headed to Maryland, and the staff there is grooming him to be a point guard. Right now, Trimble is a combo guard, which means he can run a team and get baskets at any time. He plays for a great high school coach at Bishop O'Connell in Joe Wootten, who has taught him the balance of putting up big scoring numbers and distributing to his teammates. Trimble must pay attention to making good decisions if he truly wants to be a point guard.

James Blackmon Jr. has been a shooting guard his whole life and he is one of the best in the country. I think he should stay as a shooting guard who can handle the ball on screens and push the ball on fast breaks. He is a good passer, but he is a great shooter. He should be the best 3-point shooter on Indiana's roster next season.

Robert Johnson is currently a combo guard because he plays equally well both on and off the ball. Johnson can process the game and still look for his offense. He's a good passer with a dribble-drive game, and I like the way he defends opposing point guards. Johnson could gradually play some possessions at the point for Indiana because he is a solid decision-maker.

Tadric Jackson is headed to play for Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech. Jackson has super speed and wants the ball in his hands. At times he is a one-man fast break. His DNA is to score, but he also possesses great vision. He gets into the lane at will to create for himself or find his teammates. Jackson is a dangerous scoring point guard.

There are no pure point guards in that group, but those are definitely some extremely gifted guards.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 16, 2013
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SEC
Arkansas
Nick Babb SG Arlington, Texas/James Martin
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

ACC
Georgia Tech
Tadric Jackson SG Tifton, Ga./Tift County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 24
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Ohio State
A.J. Harris PG Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar
HT: 5-9 WT: 150
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Big 12
Oklahoma State
Joe Thomasson SG Dayton, Ohio/State Fair C.C. (juco)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014

American Athletic
Central Florida
B.J. Taylor PG Orlando, Fla./Boone
HT: 6-2 WT: 177
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 2

Atlantic 10
UMass
Rashaan Armstead-Holloway C Elmer, N.J./Arthur P. Schalick
HT: 6-10 WT: 280
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 3

Horizon
Wright State
Justin Mitchell SG Fort Wayne, Ind./Wayne
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mountain West
San Diego State
Kevin Zabo PG Gatineau, Que./Brewster Academy
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Postional Rank: 32
Stars: 3

Mid-American
Miami (Ohio)
Roderick Mills SF Cincinnati/St. Xavier
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast
Wagner
Joe Cooper PG Wilmington, Del./The Tatnall School
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Patriot
Boston University
Cheddi Mosely PG Oceanport, N.J./St. Anthony
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Loyola (MD)
Cam Gregory SF Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
HT: 6-8 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley
Drake
Ore Arogundade SG Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk State
Lou Myers SG Philadelphia/Math, Civics and Sciences Charter
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Rider
Kenny Grant C East Orange, N.J./Hyde School
HT: 6-8 WT: 250
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Iona
Bashir Ahmed SF Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland
Oral Roberts
Albert Owens C Cedar Hill, Texas/Trinity Christian
HT: 6-8 WT: 220
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Scout's take: Jackson to Georgia Tech 

August, 14, 2013
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Four-star combo guard Tadric Jackson (Tifton, Ga./Tift County) committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday over finalists Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

This is huge for both Jackson and Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory. Georgia Tech keeps the state's No. 6-ranked prospect within the Georgia borders, while Jackson will have an opportunity to play right away in his home state where his family and friends can continue to watch him play and he can get a first-class education as well.

Tadric Jackson
Courtesy of NikeFour-star guard Tadric Jackson is a great start for Georgia Tech in the 2014 class.
Why did he pick Georgia Tech and what will he bring to the Yellow Jackets? Let’s break it down.

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Vols land ESPN 60 PF

June, 11, 2013
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According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee nabbed a verbal commitment from ESPN 60 junior forward Phil Cofer (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) on Tuesday.

Cofer, ranked No. 56 in the 2014 class, chose the Volunteers over Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss, among others. He joins shooting guard Jordan Cornish (New Orleans/Brother Martin) in Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class.

Long Beach State lands shooting guard 

April, 4, 2013
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Travis Hammonds (Richland, S.C./Gray Military Academy), a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, gave Long Beach State a verbal commitment on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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Solomon Poole enrolls early at Ga. Tech 

December, 12, 2012
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According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, ESPN 100 point guard Solomon Poole (Jacksonville, Fla./North Florida Educational Institute) has enrolled at Georgia Tech and is expected to suit up for the Yellow Jackets once he is cleared by the NCAA.

"I know Solomon is ready to help this team in any way he can, and in any role possible," Tech head coach Brian Gregory told the paper. "While this is great for our program currently, it will also accelerate Solomon's progress into the future."

Poole will join his older brother Stacey Poole who transferred from Kentucky last winter and will be eligible to play next week after sitting out a year.

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Florida State lands another ESPN 100 

October, 14, 2012
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24 hours after getting a verbal commitment from ESPN 100 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ont./Huntington Prep), the Seminoles struck again on Sunday night with a pledge from ESPN 100 power forward Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County), according to sources.

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Pitt lands PG Josh Newkirk 

September, 19, 2012
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Word of God point guard Josh Newkirk (Raleigh, N.C.) verbally committed to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, multiple sources are reporting. The decision comes following his visit to Pitt last weekend.

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3-star SF Quinton Stephens picks Ga. Tech 

September, 16, 2012
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Georgia Tech landed a verbal commitment from small forward Quinton Stephens (Atlanta/Marist School) on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

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Two-star receiver Dondre Alexander (Iowa City, Iowa/West) has a decision to make, and it isn’t about which college he wants to play football at. It is whether he wants to play football at all.

Alexander is a Division I prospect on the hardwood, too, and as of now he is leaning toward playing basketball when he goes to college.

“My goal is probably basketball,” Alexander said. “… I’m not really sure which I think I’m better at, but ever since I was a kid growing up in Chicago it’s always been about basketball for me.”

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Solomon Poole picks Georgia Tech 

June, 16, 2012
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- ESPN 100 PG Solomon Poole (Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker) committed to Georgia Tech at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Poole will join his brother Stacey, who just transferred from Kentucky, and will give coach Brian Gregory a strong, physical lead guard who can run the team, get to the basket and defend.

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