“I think at the end of the day, it was just an opportunity to explore while he was redshirting,” Sjolund’s AAU coach Stephon Leary told the AJC on Tuesday. “But he loves (coach Josh Pastner), he loves Georgia Tech and just feels like it’s in his best interest to go back at this point.”
Sjolund, who has been redshirting this season, returned to his home in the Houston area at the end of the fall semester to consider his transfer options with his family while the Yellow Jackets continued to play. Leary said that Sjolund had “tons of conversations” with interested schools and took one visit, to Colorado, which was among the teams that had pursued him coming out of high school. Returning to Tech was a possibility throughout the process.