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Georgia Tech Basketball: Josh Pastner Hard at Work on the Recruiting Trail

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Pastner has been busy since his hire, already extending offers to over 25 players.

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Pastner has been known his whole career as a tireless recruiter and so far, he has lived up to that moniker. Since his hiring, Pastner has already given offers out to players in the 2016-2020 classes, including some of the top talent in the state and in the country. Not only has he made it an emphasis to put a fence around the state of Georgia, he has already attempted to expand the Jackets national recruiting footprint. The hiring of Tavares Hardy showed a clear desire to recruit nationally and the offers that have already been given out back this up. Broken down by class, here are all the players who have already received an offer from Pastner and his staff.

2016

Justin Moore

Moore was previously committed to Tulane, but when head coach Ed Conroy was fired, he opened his recruitment back up. At 6'4", the 3-star point guard from San Diego has good size and a solid shooting stroke. He is also considering Butler, Colorado State, and UCSB and will be committing on June 3rd, following a GT visit.

2017

Wendell Carter

Carter is one of the best players in the country and was at one point ranked #1 overall by multiple recruiting sites. Given that his first official visit will be to Harvard, it is safe to say he takes academics extremely seriously. On top of that, he has previously mentioned an interest in engineering, which could be something he potentially pursues at whatever school he ends up. Duke seems to be the school to beat for this one, but Pastner appears to be putting on the full-court press. When asked about Georgia Tech, Carter said "they've been all over me" and added in another interview "they're definitely back on my radar now." He does not plan on making a decision until the spring so Pastner has plenty of time to convince Carter to stay home.

MJ Walker

Walker, who surprisingly, was never offered by the previous staff, was made an immediate priority by Pastner. A gifted athlete with numerous D1 football offers, Walker has now decided to focus solely on basketball and has solidified himself as a 5-star prospect this summer. Maryland, FSU, and Ohio State have consistently been mentioned at the top of his list, but new schools such as Cal, USC, and of course Georgia Tech have entered the picture, and it does not look like Walker is anywhere close to a decision. One thing that could benefit the Jackets is Walker's close relationship with Marcus Georges-Hunt, who both grew up south of Atlanta.

Collin Sexton

Sexton, an elite scorer who saw his stock explode over the past year, is currently leading the EYBL with 30.5 ppg, an all time record if EYBL ended today. He recently took an unofficial visit to campus, but it's been difficult to gauge where he's at with his recruitment. He's planning on a late summer commitment, so Pastner and his staff will have to make a move quickly. Other schools involved include Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, and Missouri.

Ikey Obiagu

The previous staff offered Obiagu last summer and it would be a shock if Pastner did not do the same. A consensus 5-star, Obiagu is widely considered the best shot blocker in the nation and is sitting right in the Jackets backyard. He has recently said no one really stands out to him at this point so Pastner has time to pitch the 7-footer on staying home.

Kris Wilkes

Wilkes, a 5-star SF from Indianapolis, appears to have received an offer through the connections of new assistant coach Tavares Hardy. Wilkes has an offer from almost everyone, and at this point, Indiana appears to be the school to beat here. Jacket fans probably should not get their hopes up too high until we see more traction. That said, if the staff can get involved, Wilkes has the potential to be a program changing player.

Elias Harden

The previous staff was involved with Harden early on and Pastner wasted no time giving him an offer when he was hired. He has seemed to fly under the radar a bit, but he has high interest in Virginia Tech and georgia as well.

Rayshaun Hammonds

Hammonds, a 6-8 PF from Norcross, was offered just a few nights ago. Ken Sugiura, with the AJC, had a good breakdown of Hammonds and his teammate Lance Thomas:

“They’re both really excited (about Tech), and it’s an exciting time around the city in regards to the new direction that Tech took,” McMillan said. “Coach Pastner came in with the reputation of being a great recruiter and a great people person and I think his first month on the job has solidified that.”

So far in EYBL play, Hammonds has been averaging 19 and 9. As a top 50 prospect with numerous high-major offers, Hammonds will not be an easy pull, but Pastner appears to have a good start.

Chaundee Brown

Brown, a 6'5" SG out of Orlando, just picked up a Tech offer Monday night. The in-state schools, Florida and FSU, are both recruiting Brown hard in additional to national schools such as UConn, Maryland, and Syracuse. We will have to wait and see how much traction Pastner can pick up with this athletic SG.

Alex O'Connell

O'Connell, who has seen his stock explode over the past year, can do a bit of everything on the offensive end. Not only is he an excellent shooter, but he can throw down some crazy dunks. Schools that are involved with O'Connell include Ole Miss, Clemson, georgia, Iowa State, and Stanford.

Jordan Nwora

Nwora is a guard out of Vermont who can flat out shoot. At 6'8", his size creates major matchup problems for other guards. Nwora currently has a long list of offers and it is not very clear where the Jackets stand.

Brad Davison

No one might have raised their stock this spring more than Davison. A few months ago, Davison was a low/mid-major prospect who now holds offers from Nebraska and Georgia Tech with heavy interest from Wisconsin. He is a knockdown shooter and an aggressive driver who is becoming more and more confident in his game.

Andre Rafus Jr.

Rafus, a 6-8 forward has attention from schools all over the country. With 30+ offers and summer visits already planned to Kansas and N.C. State, this will be a tough battle, but if the Jackets can get involved, Rafus could be a huge pickup with his ability to stretch defenses with his 3-point shooting.

Antwan Walker

Walker, previously a member of the 2016 class, recently chose to head to prep school and reclassify to 2017. This late-bloomer has recently added offers from Georgetown, NCSU, and VT in addition to the Jackets offer.

Greg Floyd Jr

Floyd is a 6'9" wing out of Las Vegas. His unique skill set means his potential is off the charts and that's why he has interest from local schools such as Cal and Arizona. Dylan Prezkop with 247sports recently put in a crystal ball prediction for the Jackets so it will be interesting to follow his recruitment closely.

Parker Stewart

Stewart was one of Pastner's first offers, but he recently listed Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and Georgetown as recruiting him the hardest. Most likely, Stewart is not as high a priority for the staff as Collin Sexton, MJ Walker, and others, but Jacket fans should still keep him on the radar.

Terrence Lewis

Lewis is another big, athletic shooting guard that fits the mold of who Pastner has been offering. Hailing out of Milwaukee, Lewis also holds offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa State, Auburn, and Xavier. Offered within the past week, it is probably too early to tell how serious a contender the Jackets are going to be in this race.

2018

Khavon Moore

Moore is a concensus 5-star and the #1 player in the state of GA for the 2018 class. At 6-8, he can play almost any position on the floor, including PG, with the ball handling ability and vision needed to set up his teammates. Auburn has been involved the longest, but the college basketball blue bloods will no doubt come calling soon. If Pastner can convince Moore to stay home, it would be a monster recruiting win.

Jamie Lewis

Lewis, who already holds an offer from Kansas, is one of the top PGs in the 2018 class. A consensus 4-star, Lewis was one of the best players for a loaded Westlake HS team this season. Other early offers include Cal, Iowa State, Florida, and Missouri.

Zion Williamson

Williamson, a 6'6" forward ranked as one of top players in the 2018 class has a whole slew of schools after him, including Maryland, Clemson, Miami, and UNC. Hopefully, the Jackets early offer puts Tech on Williamson's radar given the large number of schools pursuing him.

Sharone Wright Jr

Wright Jr is another elite PG prospect offered by Pastner. The 6'5" guard also holds offers from VCU, Clemson, and uga, but I would expect his stock to increase over the next couple of years.

Chris Smith

Smith, just offered by the staff yesterday, is an athletic wing out of Texas. The high 4-star player holds early offers from Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, and others.

2019

Ashton Hagans

Hagans is one of the best floor generals you will find and he's only a freshman. Standing at 6'4", Hagans already has the size he needs for college basketball and has 3 more years to grow. In addition to the Tech offer, Hagans has offers from Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and georgia.

Christian Brown

Brown, a teammate of Hagans, recently received an offer as well. With his 6'7" size, Brown looks like he could already be out of college, a scary prospect given he has three more years to develop. He holds other offers from Clemson and Wake Forest.