Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal chooses George Mason

julian royal 2Julian Royal, the 6’8″ Georgia Tech transfer, has chosen to come to George Mason. Royal had a visit to the campus over the weekend and the former Paul Hewitt recruit chose the Patriots over Vanderbilt. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2013-2014 by NCAA transfer rules. It is a huge get for the program and Royal becomes one of the highest rated recruits to ever play at George Mason. He was ranked 69th overall by ESPN back in 2011 and had a four star rating on Scout.com. Hewitt recruited Royal back when he was coaching at Georgia Tech and convinced him to come even after he had chosen Georgia first. Royal elected to stay there even after Hewitt was fired and obviously he fell out of favor with the new coaching regime. Hewitt’s relationship with Royal dates back to when the recruit was 11 years old and it’s obvious their strong relationship played a large role here.

Looks like Hewitt worked his recruiting magic again and now the Patriots will have a  very strong front court presence in 2014.  Royal has an excellent inside and out game and is very capable of knocking down three-pointers, he shot over 37% his freshman year. Some might say he was over-hyped as he was the number one rated player in the state of Georgia coming out of high school but it’s too early to make that statement. Especially when you consider the coach he was playing for did not extensively recruit and scout him as closely as Hewitt did. Hewitt originally hand-picked Royal for his system and hopefully he can maximize his talent and ability in Fairfax.

Over-hyped or just under-utilized, Royal will now have a year to work on his game and get better. After losing both Jonathan Arledge and Johnny Williams after this upcoming season, bringing in Royal to fill the void will help ease the transition of breaking in the 2014 recruiting class. The Patriots will have a lot of new faces on the roster at that point and it will be a huge bonus to plug in a veteran forward.

Here is what ESPN recruiting said about him when he was coming out of high school:

“Royal is a skilled big forward that can score inside and out and also causes match up problems. Royal can has a nice back to the basket scoring package. He can also knock down mid range jumpers to the arc and drive by less mobile forwards with ease. Royal is a good defensive rebounder and can make the right pass when the defense collapse on him.”

There isn’t a whole lot of tape from his college career but he’s a video with a few highlights:

And here are some of his high school highlights:

  • GMU2008

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • Masonfan01

    Just this morning I had thought it wasn’t looking good. This kid could be a beast in the A-10 for us

  • PatDan

    Awesome to be able to plug this guy in after we lose Arledge and J2!

  • adam2405

    Even if he was overhyped a bit, I agree that working with a coach who followed him as closely as Hewitt did will have to pay off in the end. He’ll help Royal reach his potential like he did with Pearson

    • gmusigs

      Still not sold on Hewitt as a great coach, but he has a history of developing talented players and at the very least we should see that here with Royal #fingerscrossed

  • Petey

    Had a feeling this would work out for us! Welcome Julian!

  • Cruz108

    Now we just need that stud 2014 PG

  • Grad03

    I hate that we have to wait another season before we can see this kid in a green and gold uniform. Hopefully it be worth the wait

  • mason2004

    Was reading some GT forums on him and fans there seemed to think he was starting to come around late in the year. Seems like he has a high ceiling, this year sitting out could do a lot for this game

  • ScottRandall

    I’m skeptical because he couldn’t produce much on a GT team that wasn’t that great. But Gregory did seem to replace him with his own guys after his freshman year and he was the odd man out in the rotation. Question is did he get a fair chance to earn more minutes or did the coaches just push their own guys out there?

    • adam2405

      Either way he’s still better to plug into the lineup than any 2014 recruit the staff could possibly land

  • http://twitter.com/mkaufman1 mkaufman1

    I think this is a huge signing for Mason. Appears that its the first ACC transfer to Mason and Royal slides into the front court to help replace Arledge and J2. While he didnt play much last yr at GT, I have to think being a “Hewitt Guy”, will only bide well for him. As a friend put it, he sounds like a body of J2 with the abilities of Arledge from the perimeter.

    Good day to be a Patriot!

    • Masonfan01

      Good point, he does kinda resemble a bigger Arledge in his game. I’ll take that!

  • Ben

    can someone tell me when the fuck we lost Arledge???

    • adam2405

      We didn’t, Arledge is a senior next year and won’t be here for the 2014-2015 when Royal is eligible

  • jake21

    I like the potential front court we will have in 2014 with he and Copes. Copes will be much improved in his senior year and now with Royal we will have some big, talented bodies up front.

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