Today 6’2” shooting guard Tristan Maxwell from North Mecklenburg (just north of Charlotte) committed to Georgia Tech. He visited the Flats this weekend and apparently came away impressed. Among the various rankings systems he ranks around 200th in the country and a mid-star. He is the son of former NBA player Vernon Maxwell who once held the NBA record for three pointers in a season. He had interest and offers from Georgetown, NC State, Gonzaga, and others. That’s a good sign.
Tristan looks like a deadly scoring threat. He can shoot, he can get to the basket, he has good ball handling, and to top it off he makes some good passes. Offensively he could be a very early contributor. With his size, ball handling, and distribution skills he projects to be able to play at both guard spots (like Michael Devoe). As usual I’m struggling to find many defensive highlights of his and most of the praise I’ve seen comes for his offensive game. If his defense is near ACC level he could see some early play time for his scoring ability.
Tristan Maxwell joins Jordan Meka in the 2020 recruiting class. Georgia Tech originally had three open scholarships for next season, but the NCAA sanctions take away one. The Jackets are appealing, but I doubt Tech will get that punishment removed. Given the level of transferring now seen in college basketball I wouldn’t be surprised to see one more scholarship at the end of the season. If Josh Pastner believes he has one more scholarship to play with I expect him to target another big man.