Georgia Tech added a second member to its 2014 recruiting class, as well as some front court size to its roster, with the commitment of Ben Lammers on Wednesday night.
Lammers, a 6-10 post player from San Antonio (Texas) Alamo Heights, is rated as the No. 19 center nationally in the 2014 class by Scout.com and No. 16 by 247Sports.com. He picked the Yellow Jackets over Miami, where he had visited on Sept. 14, and Marquette.
Brian Gregory and his staff had several strong selling points in their quest to land Lammers.
One, they had playing time available in the post. Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller will finish up their careers after this season, leaving Robert Carter Jr. as the only true post player on the roster. In theory Robert Sampson, a 6-8 transfer from East Carolina who averaged 9.2 rebounds last season, would help as well, but Sampson made it clear that one of the reason he left ECU for Tech was the opportunity to play facing the basket.
Of course, Miami’s need for bigs is also well known. But Tech had an academic trump card it could play as well.
““I’m looking to be an engineer,” Lammers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “And it’s really hard to beat a Georgia Tech engineering degree.”
Lammers, who currently packs about 225 pounds on his long frame, reportedly averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks last season for Alamo Heights. He is joined in Tech’s 2014 recruiting class by four-star guard Tadric Jackson and two transfers – Sampson and former Tennessee point guard Trae Golden.
Golden has applied for a waiver from the NCAA that would make him eligible to play immediately this season. There has been no word yet of the NCAA’s decision.
If Golden receives his waiver, Tech will have two scholarships left to offer for 2014. If Golden does not, Tech would have just one roster slot available.