Tom Crean was hired as Georgia’s basketball coach on March 15, and since then, there really hasn’t been a whole lot of news coming out of the program, especially with recruiting.
Yes, there have been a couple of hires made to the coaching staff (and one not made as Jarvis Hayes left for Xavier), but the recruiting news had been slow since Crean took over. That changed Monday when Upson-Lee guard Tye Fagan committed for the 2018 class, giving Crean his first pledge.
Fagan is a 3-star combo guard from Thomaston, and while most fans don’t get too excited when they see a 3-star rating, they should get excited about Fagan. He is a really good player and is ranked as the No. 18 combo guard in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings.
He reportedly picked Georgia over Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee, among others, after being committed to Middle Tennessee. Fagan dropped that commitment after Blue Raiders coach Kermit Davis left for the job at Ole Miss.
Fagan joins Norcross’ JoJo Toppin and Johnson-Savannah’s Amanze Ngumezi in Georgia’s 2018 class. Toppin and Ngumezi were signed by previous coach Mark Fox and stuck with the Bulldogs through the coaching transition to Crean.
What is Georgia getting in Fagan? A winner.
The Knights have won 63 straight games, including victories over St. Pius X the last two years for the GHSA Class 4A championship, and Fagan was a big part of that. He might only be listed as a 3-star recruit, but he likely will end up being remembered as much better than that.
He can do it all on the court and probably will earn some playing time right away as the Bulldogs transition to their new coaching staff. Fagan is tough and plays with a hard-nosed style, and he’s just the kind of player to get the Georgia basketball team rolling.
Sure, he’s not a huge name or a 5-star recruit, but he’s a fighter and knows what it takes to win and is willing to do that. That’s what the Bulldogs need right now.
There has been some consternation about Georgia’s recruiting since Crean took over. In-state star Ashton Hagans, one of those coveted 5-star players, de-committed from the Bulldogs after Fox was fired and has since committed to Kentucky. And then there was the slow period with not much recruiting news.
But Crean will do just fine. After all, he did sign Dwyane Wade at Marquette and Victor Oladipo at Indiana, and those two turned into pretty good players, right?
So just give Crean time, and let’s see how this plays out before jumping to any conclusions about recruiting. Landing Fagan is a pretty good start.
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