One of the best kept secrets in the 2018 recruiting class is finally out of the bag. He goes by the name of Dexter Dennis and is a 6’5” combo guard out of Believe Prep Academy in Athens, Tennessee. Dennis is an explosive leaper and has an impressive pull-up jump shot that he tries to emulate after a certain player. “I try to model my game after Russell Westbrook. I try to use his style of play while using Kobe’s mindset,” says Dennis.
Dennis just received a scholarship offer from Coach Pastner and the Yellow Jackets and he is starting to see the benefits of all his training and dedication. “Receiving an offer from an ACC school really meant a lot. It shocked me at first, but I believe it is all my hard work paying off.”
Georgia Tech is recruiting Dennis to play to the 2 position, with the belief that he would have the ability to play the 3 when called upon. Dennis has already heard a lot about Georgia Tech and its prestigious academics, and he's excited to head back to campus to learn and see even more. “I’m looking for a place like home, with genuine people, coaches, and a great learning environment,” states Dennis.
Coach Julian Swartz is leading the way for the Jackets and is making it known that Dennis is a priority, “Coach Swartz has been talking to my head coach a lot. Coach Pastner and my head coach also have a great friendship and relationship together.” Right now, Dennis does not have a top list of schools and has been recently offered by Wichita State, Ole Miss, and Middle Tennessee State among others. “Most likely, I’ll decide after I take all my visits,” Dennis says.
Dexter Dennis says he has been to Atlanta a couple of times and knows that it is huge and busy. “I have a feeling I’ll get to know even more about it.” There are a couple of things from Atlanta that Dennis needs no introduction to though, particularly when it comes to his go-to pregame activities. “I sometimes eat a lot of Waffle House before games. I don’t see anything wrong in the All-Star Special.” I think I speak for my fellow natives of Atlanta, he is absolutely right! The other connection between the city and Dennis is his pre-game music. “NBA Youngboy is leading the way, right in front of Lil Baby. Listening to their music instantly puts me in the zone,” states Dennis.
Tech found and landed underrated gems in Moses Wright and Evan Cole late in the recruiting season last year and might possibly do it again in 2018. The two class of 2017 forwards went from unranked to starting by the end of the year due to hard work and getting better with the coaches, something Dennis also believes in. “I want to work on everything. I believe no part of my game is perfect. So, if I can work on anything, I’m all for it.”
To me, that sounds like music to Coach Pastner’s and Georgia Tech’s ears. As long as Dexter Dennis continues to work hard and put the time, he will be successful. If that is at Georgia Tech or at another institution, that is still unknown. What I do know is, someone is getting one heck of a steal.