Less than a week after narrowing his list of possible schools to three, 2014 center Ben Lammers has verbally committed to attend Georgia Tech according to Scout.com (subscription required). Lammers, who attends Alamo Heights HS in San Antonio, chose Brian Gregory’s program over fellow ACC school Miami and Marquette.
The 6-foot-10 Lammers, considered to be a top 20 prospect at his position by multiple recruiting services, joins 6-foot-2 four-star guard Tadric Jackson in Georgia Tech’s 2014 class. With the Yellow Jackets losing both Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller after the 2013-14 campaign, adding depth to the front court is a priority from a recruiting standpoint.
In 2014 Georgia Tech will have, in addition to Lammers, East Carolina transfer Robert Sampson and current sophomore Robert Carter to call on. But with Sampson’s decision to transfer to Georgia Tech partially influenced by a desire to improve his game facing the basket, there will still be a need for interior muscle. Even with there still being a need for big men, Georgia Tech should be strong on the perimeter for the foreseeable future.
In addition to underclassmen Chris Bolden, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Solomon Poole, the Yellow Jackets are also awaiting word on the status of Tennessee transfer Trae Golden. If Golden doesn’t receive a waiver that would allow him to play immediately, he’d also be on board for the 2014-15 campaign. Georgia Tech also adds freshmen Travis Jorgensen and 6-foot-8 wing Quinton Stephens to the program this season.
If Georgia Tech can add another interior body to the group it’s expecting to have in 2014, the program has a good shot at improving its long-term standing within the ACC.
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.
The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.
[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]
It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.
Anyway, here is the full poll:
1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
5. Iowa State
9. North Carolina
18. Texas A&M
20. West Virginia
NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville
DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State