Coming out of Spire Academy with the ability to run the floor, make flashy passes and play above rim, many would assume I am talking about LaMelo Ball. But in fact I am talking about a 6’10” big man originally from France, Josaphat Bilau.
The Frenchman has been on Georgia Tech’s radar for a little while and on April 10th the Yellow Jackets pulled the trigger with an offer. “Coach (Julian) Swartz is leading my recruitment,” said Bilau. He has been hearing from the head man Coach Pastner too and how much he would love to have him at Tech.
Bilau is still in the research phase on Georgia Tech but wants to learn more. “I am definitely trying to come down for a visit soon,” said Bilau. “I just don’t know when yet.”
When you watch the tape of Bilau, you see a big man whose can really run the floor well, make plays for his teammates and hit the open shot. When I asked who he would compare himself to, Bilau responded with the same initial thought as me - Draymond Green. “I’m able to grab the rebound, push the ball, and either set up my teammate or make a play for myself.”
Bilau currently holds a 3.0 GPA and wants to major in Business Management. He has identified Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Washington State as his other top schools along with Georgia Tech at the moment, and he wants to go to a place where he can continually get better. “I’m looking for a school where I can come in and have an impact right away and where I can keep developing my game.” That should be music to Georgia Tech’s ears since they employ the unofficial “big man whisperer” in Coach Eric Reveno. Reveno has had a wide field of success developing bigs from the Lopez twins to the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Lammers.
If Tech can make it to the finish line with this baller from France, and with rising senior James Banks being the only true post player currently on the roster, Bilau could see tons of minutes early on in Atlanta.