When Rod Barnes and his staff took over the Georgia State men's basketball program, there was an immediate attention on keeping the talent home. On Sunday, the Colonial Athletic Association school secured a commitment from James Fields.
The 6-foot-1 point guard Savannah (Ga.) Beach High School visited Atlanta school and decided he saw enough to end his recruitment.
"I just had a certain feeling about it. It felt right," Fields said.
Fields, who goes by "Boom", officially visited Marshall last week. He had scheduled trips to Toledo and UNC Wilmington for later in the month. Fields said location was a factor.
"It's going to be nice to have my mom able to see me play. I think that played a big part," Fields said. "I have a lot of people that want to see me play."
Fields is the first high school player to commit to Barnes from the state of Georgia. He's a good one, too. Fields can play both guard positions and comes from one of the top programs in the Peach State.
"I think I'm going to help keep other Georgia players here," Fields said. "(Barnes) said he would be playing me as a guard and not just a point guard. If he needs me to score or control the game, I'll do it."
Fields, the first player to commit to the CAA school in the 2008 class, said he likes the direction that the Georgia State program is headed in.
"I asked a lot of the players there about how it is now and they all said that they are having fun and they want to win more," Fields said. "It's going to be a good time."