Basketball season still might be a couple months away for Georgia Tech, but head coach Josh Pastner and the program can count Friday as an offseason win following some big news.
Guard Miles Kelly became the first commit of the 2021 recruiting class for Pastner and the Jackets as the Hargraves Military Academy (Va.) senior announced his decision on Friday morning.
Kelly is rated a four-star shooting guard by Rivals.com and a four-star combo guard by 247sports.com. Rivals has him as the 98th-ranked player in the Class of 2021 while 247 Sports has him ranked 110th in the nation.
Kelly chose Georgia Tech over offers from Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, N.C. State, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, VCU and others. He is the highest-ranked recruit for Pastner and the Jackets since guard Michael Devoe in the 2018 class.
Pastner will enter his fifth season at Georgia Tech in a few months and is looking to build some momentum both on the court and on the recruiting circuit as the head coach is hovering right around .500 (65-67) during his time On The Flats. He has led the Jackets to just one postseason appearance in his first four years on the job with that being and NIT runner-up finish in his first season of 2016-17.
Georgia Tech basketball fans are looking for things to turn around quickly in 2020-21 with Pastner returning an experienced group that went 17-14 last season. He could use some positive momentum as Jacket fans are slowly starting to grow impatient, and a commit like Kelly is a step in the right direction.