Forward Thaddeus Young is rated as high as No. 3 in some prep rankings.
Nov. 9, 2005
ATLANTA - In what might be the strongest recruiting class Georgia Tech has put together since 1989, head coach Paul Hewitt and his coaching staff signed four high school players to letters-of-intent Wednesday, including a pair of top-10 players in point guard 6-4 Javaris Crittenton of Atlanta, Ga., and 6-8 forward Thaddeus Young of Memphis, Tenn.
Crittenton and Young are the highest-rated players to sign with Tech since Hewitt became its head coach. Also signing grants with the Yellow Jackets Wednesday were 6-7 forward Zach Peacock of Miami, Fla., and 6-10 center Brad Sheehan of Latham, N.Y.
Tech's signing class was ranked the seventh-best in the nation in a survey released Wednesday by Rivals.com.
Crittenton, from Southwest Atlanta Christian School, is rated as high as No. 7 nationally (Hoop Scoop, Rivals Hoops) and is the top-rated point guard in the country according to Rivals, No. 3 by Scout.com. Young, from Mitchell High School in Memphis, is ranked No. 3 by Rivals and Lindy's, as well as No. 7 by Scout.com, and is considered by Rivals to be the nation's No. 2 small forward.
Young is a second-team All-American by Street & Smith's, while Crittenton, Peacock and Sheehan earned high honorable mention honors from the magazine. Rivals rates Young and Crittenton five-star prospects, and Peacock and Sheehan three-star prospects.
Tech's 1989 class included point guard Kenny Anderson and forward-center Malcolm Mackey, who carried the Yellow Jackets to an ACC title and a Final Four finish in 1990. Anderson was the consensus No. 1 high school player in the nation and won the Naismith Award as the nation's top high school player in 1989. Mackey was rated among the nation's top 30 players by all services, and as high as No. 23, while making third-team Parade All-American. Darryl Barnes, a third member of that class, was a consensus top 50 prep player who made the McDonald's All-American team and was also second-team Parade All-American.
Crittenton played with current Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard at SACA and together they won the GHSA class A state championship in 2004. Without Howard last year, he carried SACA to the state final, averaging 28.4 points, 7.5 assists and 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. SACA has a 58-8 record the last two years, and he has earned all-state honors twice. Crittenton also played in the 2005 USA Youth Developmental Festival, averaging 9.6 points while making 50 percent of his field goal attempts for the White team.
Young, named 2005 class AA Mr. Basketball in Tennessee, averaged 23.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game as a junior at Mitchell High School. He helped Mitchell to a 31-5 record last year. Young also played at the USA Youth Developmental Festival for the Blue team, scoring 16 points in the only game he played (missed the rest with an ankle sprain). He has been named all-state twice.
Peacock, a second-team all-state choice by the Florida High School Association and an all-county pick by the Miami Herald, averaged 17.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots a game as a junior at Norland High School in Miami. He led his team to the regional finals and a 24-5 record. He also played at last summer's National Youth Championships and averaged 19.5 points and 12.4 rebounds.
Sheehan, who earned all-league and all-area honors by the Albany Times Union, the Troy Record and the Schenectady Gazette, averaged 15.5 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a junior at Shaker High School. He led Shaker to a 14-8 record and the championship of the Suburban Council league.