Sometimes with a recruiting class you have to look deeper than the numbers or the rankings. Finding kids who fit the style of basketball that you want to play is in many ways more important than getting a slew of McDonald's All-Americans. This appears to be the case for Georgia Tech, which added a commitment on Saturday from Breanna McDonald of Lithonia, Ga., ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz as the No. 42 prospect in the 2012 class.
The 6-foot wing is Tech's third commitment ranked among the class' top 60. McDonald joins No. 21 Aaliyah Whiteside of Memphis, Tenn., and No. 55 Brittany Jackson of Sebastian, Fla. A fourth recruit, Kymberly Ellison of Columbus, Ga., also is set to join the Yellow Jackets during the early signing period, Nov. 9-15.
Although coach MaChelle Joseph's 2012 class still may be a work in progress, it has the potential to be one of her best classes in recent years, making an impact on both sides of the ball, and fitting in with her signature pressuring defensive style.
Whiteside and McDonald are big wings who both have the potential to play multiple positions on offense; perhaps most important to Joseph, they can guard multiple positions on defense. Big wings who can switch on the perimeter and hold their own when asked to switch on to a post are exactly what is needed by a team that emphasizes defensive pressure.
The same trend can be found with the backcourt additions in Georgia Tech's 2012 class. Jackson and Ellison are bigger guards with the size and athleticism to pressure the basketball at the top of a press and the length to create issues in the passing lanes.
With the perimeter pretty well covered for the foreseeable future, Joseph and staff will seek to replenish some of the size Tech is going to lose to graduation after this season.
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Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.