Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hoops - Jackets Land Gani Lawal

It's official - Top 20 recruit (5-star) Gani Lawal, from the class of 2007 has committed to the Georgia Tech YellowJackets. Rivals ranks him #19 in the nation and #14 overall. Gani is an outstanding student (4.0 GPA), very athletic, and a hard worker. He has been described as a very coachable, likeable young man. He's 6'8" 205lb, very talented with excellent skills. He's been compared to Chris Bosh in the past, but he is certainly not as polished as Bosh coming into college and doesn't have the range on his shot like Bosh did. His potential is certainly way up there though. He's a very good inside player, although not as strong with his back to the basket. He needs to gain strength but has a soft touch around the hoop. Personally, I project Lawal as a 3 year type guy, but who knows. He's a hard worker.

Welcome aboard Gani. You made the right choice.

On a side note, this is the earliest Coach Hewitt has ever received a verbal. I believe Alade Aminu was the previous earliest. It appears that Coach is steadily climbing the ladder in terms of consistently bringing in better and better players. Look for the Jackets to now go after a Point Guard and/or a small forward to round out the class of 2007. Evidently the class of 2008 is shaping up to be another huge haul if things play out. Of course, there's some basketball to play WAY before we get that far.