Nov. 14, 2001
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech signed three high school basketball standouts during the early signing period as head coach Paul Hewitt continues to build depth in the Yellow Jacket program by recruiting a point guard and two frontcourt players.
The Jackets signed Chris Bosh, a 6-10 power forward from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas, Jarrett Jack, a 6-3 point guard from Worcester (Mass.) Academy, and Theodis Tarver, a 6-9 forward-center from Carroll High School in Monroe, La.
“I couldn’t be happier that we’re getting three kids of this quality, three outstanding student-athletes,” said Hewitt, voted Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in his first season at Tech. “They fit into our style very well. More importantly, they really wanted to be part of Georgia Tech. There was a common thread with all three of these kids. All three are good students, they fit our style, and they want to be here.
Bosh, the most highly-rated of the group, is ranked No. 5 nationally among all high school players by Hoop Scoop and Future Stars, No. 11 by The Sporting News, and the No. 2 power forward in the nation by RivalsHoops.com. A lefthanded shooter who wants to study computer imaging and graphics, Bosh averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds as a junior.
A long, mobile player with potential, Tarver is ranked No. 100 by Future Stars and the nation’s No. 21 power forward by RivalsHoops.com. He averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots as a junior at Monroe High School. Tarver plans to major in management.
“We need more size,” said Hewitt. “That was our main priority. Chris Bosh and Theodis Tarver will add excellent athleticism and ability to our frontcourt.”
One of the top point guards in this year’s class, Jack is ranked as high as 26th nationally by PrepStars and No. 45 by The Sporting News, and is rated the nation’s 10th-best point guard by RivalsHoops.com. Jack, who intends to major in management, averaged 33 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game last year at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.
“Jarrett Jack is a true, pure point guard,” said Hewitt. “I love his attitude. He’s a born leader. He’s very vocal and communicates very well with his teammates. He can push the ball up and down the floor and put tremendous pressure on the ball defensively.”
In his first two recruiting classes at Tech, Hewitt has attracted six players ranked in the nation’s Top 100. The Jackets will lose three seniors from this year’s squad, and have no juniors.
GEORGIA TECH BASKETBALL SIGNEESChris Bosh, F, 6-10, 215, Dallas, Tex. (Lincoln HS)Jarrett Jack, G, 6-3, 185, Worcester, Mass. (Worcester Academy)Theodis Tarver, F-C, 6-9, 215, Monroe, La. (Carroll HS)