Paul Hewitt and his staff received some good news today as former Georgia Tech forward Julian Royal announced that he will be transferring to George Mason.
Royal was a four star prospect coming out of high school and was ranked in the top 100 on most recruiting websites. At 6’8″, Royal can play close to the basket, but also has the mid-range touch to hit shots near the three point line. Royal will have to sit out the next season due to NCAA rules, but will be eligible to play at a crucial time when Mason loses both Johnny Williams and Jonathan Arledge. The combination of Royal and Eric Copes should be one of the more dominating duos in the A10 for 2014-15.
Royal had said that one of the reasons he ended up at Georgia Tech was his relationship with Coach Hewitt. Royal thought about opening his recruitment up after Hewitt left, but new Coach Brian Gregory convinced him to stay. He ended up playing 30 games his freshman year at Tech, averaging over 5 points and close to 3 rebounds per game. Those numbers however dropped his sophomore year playing double digit minutes only 6 times. Many Tech fans believe that Royal’s outside game didn’t fit with Coach Gregory’s style of play.
After announcing his intentions to transfer, Royal narrowed his list down to George Mason and Vanderbilt. He will have two years of eligibility left at Mason. Royal joins Marquise Moore, a 6’1 PG, for Mason’s two player 2013 class.