By Mychal Hunter
I am not a night owl. My happy ass is in bed by 9:30 every night during the week and possibly even on Saturday. I have friends who need to be up each morning at 5:00 just like I do, but stay up until midnight. I have no idea how they pull it off.
As I hit the rack at 9:30 on a Tuesday night, I certainly didn’t expect to wake up seven hours later to the news that Georgia Tech had secured the commitment of a 20 point per game scorer, but that is exactly what happened. Late Tuesday evening news broke that Donald “Bubba” Parham had committed to the Yellow Jackets.
Parham, a 5’11 guard transfer (sit 1, play 2) from Virginia Military Institute, averaged north of 18 points per game over 62 career games in Lexington VA and 21.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. He also shot 40% from behind the arc last season which will make Yellow Jacket’s fans jubilant. Parham is a native of Snellville GA and it has been speculated that there is an illness with a loved one that could lead to a waiver for immediate eligibility.
The addition gives Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner his most talented overall roster since taking the reigns three years ago. If both Parham and USC transfer Jordan Usher are granted eligibility, Tech fans will accept nothing less than a NCAA Tournament selection.
A transfer such as this (Independent to ACC), leads some to wonder what sort of impact Parham may have at this level. There is little doubt that his numbers will regress, but scorers score. There is also this to consider:
This may also close the book on the recruitment of Christian Keeling, but you never know. Keeling tweeted out an interesting message yesterday evening that may lead people to believe things are a bit more wide open than we all thought.
Of course, if you’re a Georgia Tech fan hoping for lightning to strike twice in a week, take a gander at Keeling’s twitter followers. If you buy into twitter conspiracies, you’ll know what I’m referencing.
Back to Parham, this recruitment is one of the things that both fascinate and frustrate me when it comes to recruiting. I am not an insider, but I hear things. To most Tech people this seemed to happen very quickly and was surprising. I guess that is what makes it so much fun.