Maxwell, 6-2 and 190 pounds, can play either point or shooting guard and was prized for his scoring ability, both at the rim and from the perimeter. He’s the son of former NBA veteran Vernon Maxwell. Rated the No. 233 prospect nationally, Maxwell had offers from N.C. State, Texas A&M and Gonzaga, among others.
In his freshman season, Tech guards Jose Alvarado, Bubba Parham and Jordan Usher will all be seniors.
With the three players filling the only available slots that Pastner had for the 2020-21 academic year, Pastner and his staff will not need to work spring recruiting for April signees or transfers, barring a player of his own transferring out and opening up room. That can free up time and resources to develop future classes.
Having 13 scholarships allotted for the 2020-21 academic year could require some navigation in light of the NCAA’s scholarship-reduction sanction for Tech’s recruiting violations. The NCAA penalized Tech with a one-scholarship reduction for four years beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, but Tech has appealed that penalty and others, notably the one-year postseason ban.
The penalties, however, are not enforced until the appeal is concluded. Should Tech lose its appeal on the scholarship ban and Pastner does have the full 13 scholarship players on the 2020-21 team, the team will have to carry only 11 scholarship players in a following year.