Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner coaches his team to a 71-57 victory over Belmont in their NIT tournament game on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
Photo: Curtis Compton/TNS
Photo: Curtis Compton/TNS

Big recruiting weekend for Georgia Tech, Pastner

Georgia Tech will have an important recruiting weekend beginning Friday, when two of coach Josh Pastner’s most sought-after recruits make official visits.

Nassir Little, a small forward from Orange Park, Fla., and Mike Devoe, a point guard from Orlando, Fla., will stay through Sunday. Pastner and his staff have been pursuing both since last spring, almost from the time Pastner put together his staff. Tech has considerable competition for both – Little in particular – but they’re the sort of elite players that Pastner hopes to win by having developed relationships with them earlier than the rest of the field.

What this photo says about Tech’s interest in four-star forward Nassir Little

Both players acknowledged as much earlier this summer at AAU tournaments in Las Vegas. Devoe said that Pastner was the head coach who had seen him play the most.

“They’ve been the most consistent school to my recruiting,” Little said. “I never felt like they let up at all.”

Little is ranked by ESPN as the No. 14 prospect in the country and has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket this summer, picking up offers from Arizona, Duke and North Carolina. Little has official visits scheduled for those three schools, along with Miami, in September, October and November.

Josh Pastner on the recruiting trail in Las Vegas

Devoe is ranked No. 56 nationally. He has three other official visits scheduled in September and October with Wake Forest, Ohio State and Florida. He is deciding between Indiana and USC for his fifth.

Tech has three scholarships available for the 2018 signing class, with one of the three having been claimed by small forward Kristian Sjolund on Sunday. Sjolund is rated a four-star prospect (ESPN) from Katy, Texas, who grew up in Norway.

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