Georgia Tech keeps four-star forward home

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Georgia Tech landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Saturday night, and in doing so Brian Gregory and his staff managed to keep a talented in-state prospect home.

6-foot-9 power forward Romello White, a Georgia native who attends Wheeler HS in Marietta, announced that he will play his college basketball in Atlanta. White joins small forward Christian Matthews in Georgia Tech’s 2016 recruiting haul to date, and his ability to both score around the basket and rebound will help the Yellow Jackets when he arrives on campus in 2016.

That’s key, given the fact that among the players Georgia Tech will lose at the end of the 2015-16 season are power forwards Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell. Among the front court players with eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 season are sophomores Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers, and freshman Sylvester Ogbonda.

Originally a Tennessee commit, White reopened his recruitment in April following the school’s firing of Donnie Tyndall. White also held offers from programs such as Georgia, Iowa State, Missouri and South Carolina. White played with the Stackhouse Elite program this summer, and he averaged 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta in early July.