The Georgia Tech basketball coaching staff has decided to join the recruitment of 2021 guard Matthew Cleveland.
Sometimes it pays to start recruiting prospects as early as possible and that’s the approach the Georgia Tech basketball coaching staff is taking with 2021 guard Matthew Cleveland (Milton, GA).
The offer from the Yellow Jackets is the first of Cleveland’s recruitment. Still a rather unknown recruit nationally, there’s not a ton of information out there on Cleveland but we have been able to gather some information about the Milton native.
First, it’s still important to remember that Cleveland is just a sophomore in high school right now meaning that a lot of what we know about him is what people are projecting.
According to Cleveland’s 247Sports profile, Cleveland is a 6-foot-6, 183-pound shooting guard but in reality, he is probably better described as a combo guard.
Additionally, BigShots.net, an organization dedicated to creating tournaments and events for high school basketball players called Cleveland a prospect that fans should “keep an eye on”. This past spring at a tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cleveland averaged over 23 points per game according to Big Shots.
BigShots.net had the following to say about Cleveland from back in March after the tournament;
"Cleveland is a fluid athlete as well finishing multiple transition points above the rim, giving the crowd something to stand up about. His IQ and patience is what separates him from most guards at the age of 15. With being able to play the off-guard spot, Cleveland shows great versatility being able to play multiple positions."
If all the above about Cleveland is true and stays true going forward, Cleveland should become a highly sought out recruit and one the Yellow Jackets need to land. Keeping potential elite talent like Cleveland in-state should be at the top of their “to do lists” in each recruiting cycle.
Overall, the Yellow Jackets have extended 11 scholarship offers in the 2021 recruiting class with six of them being offered to shooting guards, a position the Yellow Jackets appear to be extensively targeting in both 2020 and 2021. The Jackets so far do not have a commitment in the 2021 class and are still looking for additions to their 2019 recruiting class that features JUCO power forward David Didenko.