Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, left, directs his team against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Photo: The Associated Press.
Photo: The Associated Press.

Georgia Tech falls short in recruitment of Dutch post player

Time is running out in Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s bid for a post player for the upcoming season. Tech came up just short for another recruit, this time Dutch center Quinten Post. The 7-footer, who had made a visit to Tech two weeks ago, announced his decision to play for Mississippi State on Sunday from his Instagram account.

Post, who shows shooting range out to the 3-point line and is a capable ballhandler, was sought after by Pastner to be a backup and eventual replacement for center James Banks. Without him, Tech still does not have a post player on the roster other than Banks, which puts the Yellow Jackets in a precarious position.

Tech’s offensive system runs through a post player, and so, without a backup for Banks, Pastner may have to run two different offenses, one when Banks is on the floor and one when he isn’t. Pastner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in May that, without a backup for Banks, “we’ve got to do it by committee,” naming forwards such as Moses Wright, Evan Cole and incoming freshman David Didenko as possible options.

Tech has gotten in the picture with multiple post-player candidates but has not been able to secure a commitment. Just since the start of May alone, three prospects have had Tech in their final two or three. Pastner told the AJC in May that he would continue the search until mid-June. If he didn’t have a commitment by that point, he said he would pocket the scholarship and use it for the 2020 class. If that turns out to be the case, Pastner would have three scholarships for 2020.

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