Today, Georgia Tech basketball got it’s first commitment today for the 2020 class. Power Forward Jordan Meka announced on Twitter that he is “200% committed” to playing at Georgia Tech. You love to see that enthusiasm. Meka is rated as a 3-star .8915 recruit on the 247 composite. He is 6’9” and 210 pounds (although I’m always skeptical of these measurements). Jordan played at Mt. Bethel High School and for the Georgia Stars AAU team. He had interest from Georgia, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, and UConn among others. This is a big pickup for Josh Pastner as he looks to get a strong recruiting class this year.
Meka is coming into a position of need for Georgia Tech, big men. He’s not a true 5 like James Banks, but he could potentially play there in a pinch. His game is much more comparable to Moses Wright. Like Wright, he is tall, fairly skinny, and athletic. Like Wright he makes a lot of his plays on hustle plays, dunks, and cutting to the basket. Defensively he seems to have a good feel for blocking shots although he’s mostly playing guys that are smaller and less athletic. He looks like he will need some work on ball handling and shooting although I can’t find a ton of tape of him doing too much of either.
With the graduation of James Banks next year there will be a lot of minutes up for grabs in the frontcourt. I don’t see Meka being a freshman star, but I think he could be a contributor right away. I’m sure early playing time was part of the pitch.
Next year Tech has three scholarships open. This takes one of them. I’d guess that one of the others is used on a center. The other may be left for a transfer. No matter what happens, this is a good start for Josh Pastner. Welcome to the Flats Jordan!