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Jackets Make Top Schools Lists for Pair of Georgia Five Stars

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Georgia Tech was included in the top schools list for Georgia natives Collin Sexton and Wendell Carter.

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This morning, we saw what very well might be the first domino of Pastner’s hard work on the recruiting trail when Pebblebrook’s Collin Sexton released his top 10 schools, a list which included Georgia Tech. In addition to the Yellow Jackets, Sexton is considering Villanova, Kansas, UNC, Oklahoma State, NC State, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, and Iowa State. A 6-3 combo guard who shattered the EYBL scoring record, Sexton has seen his stock explode this summer and now finds himself ranked inside the top 10 of almost all recruiting rankings. Per ESPN, Pastner and Alabama Head Coach Avery Johnson have been recruiting Sexton the longest, with Pastner recruiting him since he was at Memphis. In May, Sexton took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech.

As if Sexton announcing his top 10 schools was not big enough news for Jacket fans, top 5 player Wendell Carter Jr., from Pace Academy, announced his top eight schools, a list which also included Georgia Tech. Carter Jr. is also considering North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, uga, Duke, Harvard, and Cal. In the past, Carter Jr. has made headlines for stating how important academics are to him, indicating his first official visit will be to Harvard. He has also mentioned engineering as an area of interest and a potential major in college. Although Duke is considered the overwhelming favorites to land Carter Jr., he has mentioned in multiple interviews how hard Pastner is coming after him and that he’s a “great dude” . The coaching staff have already made up a ton of ground over the last few months and it would not be surprising at all to see the Jackets in the thick of things when Carter Jr. finally makes his decision. The local big man has been on campus multiple times over the past few years.

Sexton and Carter Jr. recently teamed up for their country and played together at the FIBA U17 world championships in Spain. Both players made the five man tournament all-star team and Sexton was named tournament MVP. Georgia Tech assistant coaches were on hand throughout the tournament to watch the two five stars.

Both of these players have the potential to be program changing players. Landing just one of them would potentially make the Jackets an immediate NCAA tournament team and landing both could catapult the Jackets into the ACC’s premiere teams. The Josh Pastner era has officially begun and it will certainly be exciting to see what type of talent he can pack McCamish Pavilion with.