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Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Jaron Blossomgame, a Chattahoochee High grad and former Clemson forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at pick No. 59 in the NBA draft. Blossomgame considered entering the draft last year before electing to stay in school. He said he worked out for 13 teams, including the Spurs, before Thursday. In the one-and-done era, college seniors typically slip. Five years at Clemson provided the &ldquo...


Former Georgia Tech athletes weigh in on Russell, future options

Former Georgia Tech athletes weigh in on Russell, future options

Four former Georgia tech stars were queried on their experiences wearing Russell Athletic gear and the possibility of Tech partnering with either Adidas, Nike or Under Armour. FREDDIE BURDEN, 2016 football captain “That’s huge. Russell, it’s been good, we’ve been wearing them for a long time. We appreciate all the Russell gear and everything, but switching to Nike, Under Armour...
Tech will drop Russell Athletic as uniform supplier

Tech will drop Russell Athletic as uniform supplier

When Georgia Tech’s apparel contract with Russell Athletic expires in June 2018, the school will move on to a new apparel provider. Tech is the only power-conference school under contract with Russell Athletic and is believed to be one of two schools in FBS not aligned with the big three of Adidas, Nike or Under Armour. Southern Miss, also a Russell Athletic school, is the only other exception...
Weighing Georgia Tech’s options: Adidas, Nike, Under Armour

Weighing Georgia Tech’s options: Adidas, Nike, Under Armour

With Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury having confirmed that the school’s apparel contract with Russell Athletic will not be renewed after the coming academic year , the question then becomes which shoe company – Adidas, Nike or Under Armour – will be the next supplier of gear for the Yellow Jackets. Stansbury told the AJC that the athletic...
Tech, Russell Athletic partnership coming to an end

Tech, Russell Athletic partnership coming to an end

The football team is coming off a nine-win season and a win over Georgia. The basketball team far exceeded expectations by reaching the NIT finals. Going into the 2017-18 academic year, another development at Georgia Tech is bound to please Yellow Jackets fans, perhaps universally. When Tech’s apparel contract with Russell Athletic expires in June 2018, the school will move on to a new apparel...
What happened when Jimmy Carter met Josh Pastner

What happened when Jimmy Carter met Josh Pastner

Former President Jimmy Carter met with Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner and athletic director Todd Stansbury on Thursday at the Carter Center. The funny thing is, the gathering evidently was initiated by Carter. “You know, he’s a big Tech fan,” Stansbury said. Carter would have reason to pull for the Yellow Jackets. He attended Tech for one year, studying math to qualify...
For Ted Roof and family, a Father’s Day like no other

For Ted Roof and family, a Father’s Day like no other

T.D. and Mic Roof were born in October 1998, during their father’s first season as a linebackers coach at Georgia Tech on coach George O’Leary’s staff. “I remember it well,” said Ted Roof, Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator. “They were born on a Tuesday, and we played N.C. State on a Saturday.” Roof was present for their birth, but did not so much...
Georgia Tech announces 2017 Hall of Fame class

Georgia Tech announces 2017 Hall of Fame class

Georgia Tech announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class, which will include B.J. Elder (Basketball, 2001-05), Durant Brooks (Football, 2006-07), Roger Anderson (Tennis, 2000-03), Roberto Castro (Golf, 2003-07), Ashlee Kidd (Track & Field,  2004-07) and Matt Wieters (Baseball, 2005-07). They will be officially inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 at the College Football Hall...
Prized in-state football recruit chooses Clemson over Georgia, Georgia Tech

Prized in-state football recruit chooses Clemson over Georgia, Georgia Tech

Darnell Jefferies, a three-star defensive tackle from Newton High School in Covington, announced this week that he will attend Clemson in 2018.  Jefferies (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is the third highly recruited in-state prospect to choose Clemson during the 2018 cycle, joining top-ranked quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville and defensive end Justin Mascoll of Snellville.  Jefferies...
Josh Okogie bringing improved game to national-team tryout

Josh Okogie bringing improved game to national-team tryout

Josh Okogie doesn’t need an invitation to try out for the U.S. national U19 team to appreciate how far he has come in the past year. All the Georgia Tech guard needs to do is go to the Walmart near his home in Snellville. A year ago, before he set a single-game scoring record for Tech freshmen, averaged 16.1 points per game, made the ACC all-freshman team and was a driver in the Yellow Jackets&rsquo...
Georgia Tech outlines increases in athletic budget

Georgia Tech outlines increases in athletic budget

In a presentation to the athletic department’s major boosters in late April, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury made the observation that his department’s $77 million budget may sound like a lot, but that it actually ranked in the lower third of the ACC. Stansbury informed the donors that ultimately he was seeking to add another $10 million to the budget to become more competitive...
Behind-the-scenes photos covering Georgia Tech this year, part 3

Behind-the-scenes photos covering Georgia Tech this year, part 3

The last series of photos from my year covering Georgia Tech athletics. Razor-sharp focus is not a phrase I would use to describe most of them, unfortunately. March 17, 2017, Brock Indoor Football Practice Facility. These are Justin Thomas’ cleats from the Senior Bowl, part of the collection of gear given to him for the game. He had them in his bag at Tech’s pro day. I want to say he...
Three Georgia Tech players selected in major league draft

Three Georgia Tech players selected in major league draft

Three Georgia Tech baseball players were selected in the major league draft Wednesday in the final day of the selection process. Third baseman Trevor Craport was taken in the 11th round by the Baltimore Orioles, relief pitcher Zac Ryan was selected in the 23rd round by the Los Angeles Angels and center fielder Ryan Peurifoy was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round. Ryan and Peurifoy...
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien expects Deshaun Watson ready in 2017

Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien expects Deshaun Watson ready in 2017

Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he expects former Clemson and Gainesville High star quarterback Deshaun Watson to be ready to play in 2017 despite the opinion of some scouts that he’ll need seasoning to play at the NFL level, according to a report from USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. O’Brien is quoted in the story saying Watson has picked up the Texans’ offense ...
More behind-the-scenes photos from a year covering Georgia Tech

More behind-the-scenes photos from a year covering Georgia Tech

Continuing from Tuesday’s installment, photos that I took as I covered Georgia Tech’s football and basketball teams during the 2016-17 academic year.   Dec. 28, 2016, Jacksonville, Fla. One of the outings during Georgia Tech’s trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl was an afternoon at the TopGolf in Jacksonville, Fla. While most of the team spent the time taking wild hacks – I particularly...
A closer look at grad transfer Brandon Alston

A closer look at grad transfer Brandon Alston

Brandon Alston will join Georgia Tech as a graduate transfer from Lehigh. The 6-foot-5 guard from Vienna, Va., will have two years remaining, as he sat out the 2015-16 season with a knee injury. More on the newest member of the Yellow Jackets. What he did at Lehigh Alston played in 62 games in two seasons at Lehigh, starting 11, including his final 10 games with the Mountain Hawks. As a redshirt sophomore...
Honor for Georgia Tech CFO Marvin Lewis

Honor for Georgia Tech CFO Marvin Lewis

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Marvin Lewis was named to a list of college athletics administrators believed to be ready to take the next step and become athletic directors. Lewis, a captain of the Tech basketball team that reached the 2004 NCAA championship game, has served as Tech’s chief financial officer since 2014. Lewis was one of 13 administrators named to the CollegeAD NextUp...
Swillings part of arrival of Georgia Tech signing class

Swillings part of arrival of Georgia Tech signing class

Tuesday morning, Pat Swilling did not arrive on Georgia Tech’s campus to serve in the capacity of Yellow Jackets living legend. Rather, he was just Dad. The college football hall of famer spent the morning hauling luggage, transporting electronics and making sure sons Tre and Bruce Jordan-Swilling checked in to begin their careers as Tech football players. “I’m heading back over...
Venus Williams ‘excited’ to play in BB&T Atlanta Open

Venus Williams ‘excited’ to play in BB&T Atlanta Open

The BB&T Atlanta Open has historically been a men’s affair since its 2010 inception. Seven years later, it’s emphatically shattering the gender barrier with a global icon. Venus Williams is returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2004. She’ll face Eugenie Bouchard, Canada’s No. 1 player, in an exhibition match July 23. It will be the first women’s match in Atlanta...
Georgia Tech football signees tweet about Tuesday’s visit

Georgia Tech football signees tweet about Tuesday’s visit

More than 20 Georgia Tech football signees reported to campus in Atlanta on Tuesday for orientation and moving in to their dorms. Many were welcomed by coach Paul Johnson, and began to familiarize themselves with campus. Some of them tweeted about  the experience, and their feelings on becoming Yellow Jackets. Swilling, a cornerback out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, was the third-highest...
Lehigh guard joins Georgia Tech as grad transfer

Lehigh guard joins Georgia Tech as grad transfer

Georgia Tech has added a 12th scholarship player – Brandon Alston, a graduate transfer guard from Lehigh. Alston, largely a backup with the Mountain Hawks last season, has two years of eligibility remaining. Alston said he informed coach Josh Pastner of his decision Tuesday after making a visit to the school last week. Alston, from Vienna, Va., averaged 6.7 points per game in 20.6 minutes last...
Favorite photographs from a year covering Georgia Tech

Favorite photographs from a year covering Georgia Tech

With Georgia Tech’s athletic year complete (the last athlete to compete for the Yellow Jackets this season was runner Avery Bartlett, who finished 15th in the semifinals of the 800 meters at the NCAA championships last week, earning second-team All-America status) and me wanting to clean out my bank of photos off my phone, what better time to show off my very average skills as a photographer...
Braves pick Vandy’s Wright at No. 5, add Woodstock’s Waters at 41

Braves pick Vandy’s Wright at No. 5, add Woodstock’s Waters at 41

The Braves both held form and broke it Monday night when they selected Vanderbilt junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright with the No. 5 overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft. Wright is the eighth pitcher drafted in the first round by Atlanta over the last 11 years, yet the first collegiate player chosen in the first since the team grabbed pitcher Jason Hursh out of Oklahoma State in 2013...
The 10 most significant developments this year in Tech athletics

The 10 most significant developments this year in Tech athletics

A look back at the most significant moments, developments and results in Georgia Tech’s year in athletics, listed roughly chronologically. The hire of Todd Stansbury He bemoaned his fate when Mike Bobinski left Georgia Tech after a three-year term. Given that Todd Stansbury was just a year into his job as athletic director at Oregon State, he did not feel that it was his place to pursue his...
Georgia Tech commit JaQuez Jackson withdraws pledge

Georgia Tech commit JaQuez Jackson withdraws pledge

Less than a week after becoming Georgia Tech’s first openly known committed player, Peach County High linebacker JaQuez Jackson withdrew his commitment. Jackson posted a statement on his Twitter account Saturday evening saying that he had come to believe that he had made his decision too early in the recruiting process and wanted to re-open his recruitment. Jackson, rated a 3-star prospect by...
A lofty comparison from the coach of Tech commit P.J. Harris

A lofty comparison from the coach of Tech commit P.J. Harris

New Newnan High coach Chip Walker has been around Georgia Tech commit P.J. Harris only a few months, but he has seen enough. “Outstanding work ethic,” Walker said. “All he’s concerned about is being a good teammate and a good player. Everything you want in a wideout. And that’s rare today.” Walker came to Newnan from Sandy Creek High, where he sent a number of players...
5 things to know about new Tech softball coach Aileen Morales

5 things to know about new Tech softball coach Aileen Morales

Aileen Morales became Georgia Tech’s sixth softball coach on Wednesday, hired away from Radford. A Tech grad and star player for the Yellow Jackets, Morales replaces Shelly Hoerner, who was dismissed after four seasons. A few things to know about Morales. Glad to be back Morales called coaching at Tech a dream job and “an amazing opportunity.” Not surprisingly, she said that her...
Georgia Tech quarterback Tobias Oliver yearns for greatness

Georgia Tech quarterback Tobias Oliver yearns for greatness

Scott Wynn first met Tobias Oliver in 2013, when Wynn had just become the Northside High basketball coach and Oliver was a few months from enrolling as a freshman. The young man who would letter four years and start three years as a lockdown guard was accompanied by his mother, Jennifer Arnold. The first thing that Arnold told Wynn, he recalled this week, was that her son was going to take care of...
Westlake High hoops star James Lewis picks N.C. State over Georgia Tech and others

Westlake High hoops star James Lewis picks N.C. State over Georgia Tech and others

Westlake High basketball star James Lewis committed to North Carolina State on Thursday, picking the Wolfpack over his other final three of Georgia Tech, Baylor and Wake Forest. A four-star recruit and the nation’s 60th-ranked player according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Lewis also had offers from Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Virginia, Connecticut, and others.  A point guard with...
Georgia Tech to face Northwestern in Big Ten, ACC Challenge 

Georgia Tech to face Northwestern in Big Ten, ACC Challenge 

Georgia Tech will play Northwestern in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge in November at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge will include 14 games that will be played over a three-day period in late November. All games will be televised by ESPN and family networks, ESPN announced on Thursday. This will be the fourth meeting between the Wildcats and the Yellow Jackets after...
College football’s longest tenured coaches in 2017

College football’s longest tenured coaches in 2017

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson remains among college football’s coaches with longest stay at one school. With the retirement of Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops after 18 seasons, there’s a new dean of college football.
Newnan’s P.J. Harris explains silent commitment

Newnan’s P.J. Harris explains silent commitment

Newnan High wide receiver P.J. Harris committed to Georgia Tech in January. It didn’t come to public light until Monday. He just didn’t see the need. Harris said he was “not trying to have everyone in my business. I know I knew and coaches knew and my family knew, so that’s all that really mattered to me.” It became news only when he confirmed the commitment in a Rivals...
Two punch U.S. Open ticket at Hawks Ridge, Love must wait

Two punch U.S. Open ticket at Hawks Ridge, Love must wait

BALL GROUND – America’s secondary school calendar continues to play havoc with the U.S. Open. First it was Phil Mickelson, who announced his intentions to skip the one major that has eluded him in order to attend his daughter’s high school graduation, scheduled for Thursday of Open (June 15). Now it is Alex Smalley’s dad faced with a sticky conflict. Terry Smalley expects to...
Georgia Tech football assistant Cody Moore reacted on Twitter to Charlie Thomas’s commitment

Georgia Tech football assistant Cody Moore reacted on Twitter to Charlie Thomas’s commitment

Georgia Tech associate director of player personnel Cody Moore reacted on Twitter on Monday to the commitment of Thomasville High School safety Charlie Thomas, a three-star recruit according to most services. The Class of 2018 star from South Georgia was also tweeting about his own excitement about coming to Atlanta to play for one of his home-state schools. Thomas chose Georgia Tech over offers from...
High school baseball player of the year

High school baseball player of the year

Achievements: Waters batted .510 (53-of-104) with 15 home runs, four triples and 13 doubles while leading Etowah to its first state championship in baseball. In 14 state-playoff games, Waters was 21-for-40 (.525) with five home runs, 13 extra-base hits, 16 walks, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Waters is rated the No. 11 recruit nationally by Perfect Game and No. 33 by Baseball America. He is projected...
Georgia Tech lands first commitment of 2018 class

Georgia Tech lands first commitment of 2018 class

Georgia Tech has its first commitment of the 2018 signing class. Peach County High linebacker JaQuez Jackson announced his plans to play for the Yellow Jackets Sunday evening via his Twitter account. Jackson is a three-star prospect (Rivals) and rated the No. 73 player in the state of Georgia. He had listed scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, West Virginia and Iowa, among others. Jackson...
Ruling means ex-Tech star Chris Bosh’s Miami career is over

Ruling means ex-Tech star Chris Bosh’s Miami career is over

Chris Bosh's time on the Miami Heat roster is finally nearing an end. A complicated end, at that. The blood clots that the former Georgia Tech star has dealt with over parts of the last three seasons have been declared a career-ending injury situation and the Heat will soon remove the 11-time All-Star forward from their roster and salary cap going forward, a person with knowledge of the situation...
Freshman punter forges to Georgia Tech

Freshman punter forges to Georgia Tech

Pressley Harvin Jr. was only 16 when he first started taking dialysis treatments for a failing kidney. He particularly remembers the envelopes that were occasionally passed around the clinic — collections for former patients who had died. For a teenager, it was not a terribly encouraging ritual. “I was just determined — I am not going to let this thing here take me out,” Harvin...
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson showing progress in first days on the field

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson showing progress in first days on the field

Houston Texans quarterback and Atlanta-area native Deshaun Watson is quickly showing signs of progress with his knowledge of the team’s playbook, according to an article from Aaron Wilson in the Houston Chronicle. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the Heisman Trophy finalist for Clemson and former Gainesville High School star has improved each day he’s been on the field for them...
Georgia ties to 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Georgia ties to 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The National Football Foundation and  College Hall of Fame announced Thursday the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Five former Atlanta Falcons -- Morten Andersen, Eric Dickerson, Moe Gardner, Tony Gonzalez and Craig Heyward -- are among the 75 players from college football’s top division eligible for induction to the Atlanta’s College...
Tech’s Calvin Johnson on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Tech’s Calvin Johnson on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former Georgia Tech star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is among the 75 players and six FBS coaches on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, announced Thursday.  Johnson, the 2006 Biletnikoff Award winner and two-time First Team All-American, still holds six Tech records, including career touchdown receptions (28) and career receiving yards (2,927). He was a three-time First Team...
Georgia Tech football game times announced

Georgia Tech football game times announced

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced game times for three 2017 Georgia Tech football games today, including the mid-October date at Miami, on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets will take on Miami at 8 p.m. Oct. 12, and the game will be televised on ESPN. The Hurricanes have given Georgia Tech trouble in recent years, as Miami has won seven of the past eight meetings, averaging more than 33 points per...
Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks’ bid for an NCAA singles title ended in the quarterfinal round Saturday. The Georgia Tech junior lost to Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Athens. After splitting the first two sets with Kwiatkowski, Eubanks was broken early in the third and was not able to break back. Eubanks, who became just the fifth player in ACC history and the first in Tech history...
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks fairly breezed into the quarterfinal round at the NCAA singles championships in Athens Friday. Eubanks, seeded fifth in the tournament, took care of Texas’ Yuya Ito 6-3, 6-0 to advance. He is the first Tech player to reach the NCAA singles quarters since Bryan Shelton, the former Tech women’s coach now at Florida, made it that far in 1988. Shelton...
Christopher Eubanks advances to third round at NCAA championship

Christopher Eubanks advances to third round at NCAA championship

Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks is into the round of 16 at the NCAA singles championships for the first time in his career. Eubanks ousted Tulsa’s Or Ram-Harel 6-4, 7-5 Thursday in Athens, becoming the first Tech player to make it this far in the 64-player field since Guillermo Gomez in 2011. The fifth-seeded Eubanks, who was named ACC player of the year for the second season in a row...
One final loss closes out Georgia Tech’s forgettable season

One final loss closes out Georgia Tech’s forgettable season

Two days after losing in 13 innings, Georgia Tech lost in the conventional nine at the ACC Tournament Thursday, again with a most frustrating final act. The Yellow Jackets lost 5-4 to Wake Forest in Louisville, Ky., in its second and final pool-play game They led 4-1 going into the top of the ninth and were one strike away from salvaging a win before a wild pitch, triple and error delivered the game-tying...
If not for Roof, Swillings wouldn’t have signed with Georgia Tech

If not for Roof, Swillings wouldn’t have signed with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech signees Tre Swilling and Bruce Jordan-Swilling had one obvious reason to select Tech from the host of schools that offered them scholarships — their father, Pat, achieved legend status as a Yellow Jackets linebacker and is a proud Tech alumnus. But the brothers would tell you that the greater influence was their father’s teammate and close friend, defensive coordinator Ted...
Kennesaw State carrying state hopes in NCAA golf

Kennesaw State carrying state hopes in NCAA golf

That it’s Kennesaw State — not your usual PGA Tour feeder school like Georgia or Georgia Tech — as the only state school in the NCAA men’s golf championships may be good for a raised eyebrow or two at a clubhouse near you. At KSU, the reaction follows more the satisfied-smile model. “It’s bragging rights, of course. I think it shows we’re right up there with...
Georgia golf notes

Georgia golf notes

Kennesaw State will be Georgia’s lone representative at the NCAA men’s golf championships. The Owls battled windy conditions to finish second at the College Grove (Tenn.) Regional, two shots behind Central Florida and tied with No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt and Clemson. It’s the best finish for the program at a regional qualifier and puts the Owls in the national championships for the...
Family bond brought Swilling brothers to Georgia Tech

Family bond brought Swilling brothers to Georgia Tech

Seated around the kitchen table of their two-story home, Pat and Robin Swilling were having none of it. The Georgia Tech great, now a successful real estate developer, and his wife, practically rolled their eyes at two of their sons, Tre and Bruce. They were trying to impress upon a visitor how much, once they leave for college, their parents were going to miss the free labor they’ve been providing...
Jonesboro’s M.J. Walker spurns Tech, choosing Florida State

Jonesboro’s M.J. Walker spurns Tech, choosing Florida State

Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker will not be a Yellow Jacket. The McDonald’s All-American announced Wednesday morning his commitment to Florida State. Georgia Tech had been one of five schools that Walker was considering, along with Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. Walker had the potential to instantly make the Jackets a more competitive team going into the 2017-18 season....
Georgia Tech out at ACC Tournament

Georgia Tech out at ACC Tournament

Georgia Tech’s season came to an effective end Tuesday with a gut punch. In the opening game of the ACC Tournament in Louisville, Ky., the Yellow Jackets lost to Miami 6-5 in 13 innings. In the bottom of the 13th, a one-out single off Tech reliever Zac Ryan scored the game-winning run for the Hurricanes in walk-off fashion. Tech will play its second pool-play game Wednesday against Wake Forest...
Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy for 2018 class

Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy for 2018 class

Georgia Tech’s recruitment of the 2017 class will likely end Wednesday morning at the Jonesboro High gymnasium. There, McDonald’s All-America guard M.J. Walker will announce his college choice , likely from among Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. Coach Josh Pastner and his staff have long been working on the 2018 class, though. With more...
Georgia Tech B-Back Dedrick Mills named Preseason All-ACC

Georgia Tech B-Back Dedrick Mills named Preseason All-ACC

Georgia Tech sophomore B-Back Dedrick Mills was named Preseason first-team All-ACC by the website Southern Pigskin. He’s the only Yellow Jacket who made the site’s 2017 All-ACC squad. Mills rushed for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2016. He was the first true freshman to start a season opener since 2008, and he finished the season by earning the MVP of the TaxSlayer...
Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker sets announcement date

Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker sets announcement date

Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker, the five-star prospect and Georgia Tech target, will announce Wednesday where he will attend college. Walker, a McDonald’s All-American, is expected to choose between Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA. He will make the announcement at 11 a.m. at the Jonesboro High gym. Walker’s decision-making process has been lengthy. Of ESPN&rsquo...
Georgia Tech up against it at ACC Tournament

Georgia Tech up against it at ACC Tournament

To keep its season alive with an NCAA Tournament berth, Georgia Tech has no choice but to win the ACC Tournament that begins Tuesday in Louisville, Ky. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the tournament’s format puts the odds against them, to say nothing of their standing with the field’s other 11 teams. With the ACC Tournament expanding this year to 12 teams from 10, the teams will...
Coaches waiting on Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker’s decision

Coaches waiting on Georgia Tech target M.J. Walker’s decision

The calls start at daybreak and don’t end until Dan Maehlman goes to bed. The Jonesboro High basketball coach is never too far from a phone call from someone asking about M.J. Walker, the Cardinals’ McDonald’s All-American guard. Maehlman said he gets calls daily from coaches of the five schools that Walker has on his list — Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio...
Georgia Tech target Sidney Wilson commits to St. John’s

Georgia Tech target Sidney Wilson commits to St. John’s

The list of Georgia Tech targets for the 2017 signing class may be down to Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker. New York forward Sidney Wilson, who had appeared a longshot for Tech from the start, committed to St. John’s on Saturday. Wilson, who played this past season for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, the same school as Tech signee Curtis Haywood, listed Tech in his final six, along with...
Calvin Johnson didn’t like treatment of Lions in retirement

Calvin Johnson didn’t like treatment of Lions in retirement

Calvin Johnson and Marshawn Lynch left college together a decade ago and went 10 picks apart in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.  They worked out together as they prepared for the NFL combine, and they walked away from the game together months apart after the 2015 season.  But while Lynch reconsidered his retirement and eventually returned to football earlier this spring, Johnson,...
Caught napping, Dream drop home opener to Sky 75-71

Caught napping, Dream drop home opener to Sky 75-71

Not so fresh off their home opener, the Dream went about kicking themselves after kind of kicking up their heels for most of the final three quarters of their 75-71 loss to the Chicago Sky on Sunday afternoon. For a moment, or at least a quarter, there were reasons to believe the Dream (2-1) might enter next Saturday’s visit by the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks still undefeated...
Home opener is here, so what is this Dream made of?

Home opener is here, so what is this Dream made of?

If there is one certain similarity between the Dream’s absent star and the woman most counted upon to fill this hole in the basketball cosmos, it is that they both are made of the same raw materials. It’s the stuff that starts to squawk like a debutante with no cellphone service when dragged month over month, year over year across the cheese grater that is a woman’s professional...
Ravens’ Reynolds’ advice to Justin Thomas on switching to wide receiver

Ravens’ Reynolds’ advice to Justin Thomas on switching to wide receiver

If Justin Thomas’ experience is anything like Keenan Reynolds’, the former Georgia Tech star would be wise to start taking extra care of his body. Signed to the New Orleans Saints’ roster earlier this week, Thomas is beginning his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Reynolds went through the process last year. He was a star quarterback at Navy before the Baltimore Ravens...
Georgia Tech signee Jaquan Henderson has an unusual career goal

Georgia Tech signee Jaquan Henderson has an unusual career goal

Jaquan Henderson knows what he wants to do when his football days end, and it isn’t a career common to former Georgia Tech football players, such as real estate, finance or coaching. Henderson, the Tech signee who could be a difference-making linebacker, has a different route in mind. Henderson, from Newton High in Covington, wants to be a funeral director. “One thing about that, the key...
Georgia Tech lands Tennessee transfer Shembari Phillips

Georgia Tech lands Tennessee transfer Shembari Phillips

Georgia Tech added an 11th scholarship player, as former Tennessee guard Shembari Phillips announced via his Twitter account that he will transfer to Tech. Phillips grew up in metro Atlanta, attending Tucker High for his first three years before transferring to Wheeler High as a senior. Phillips announced his plans to transfer from Tennessee on May 10. Phillips played two seasons for the Volunteers...
Justin Thomas gets his position assignment with the Saints

Justin Thomas gets his position assignment with the Saints

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas will make his attempt at the NFL on offense. After practicing at both wide receiver and cornerback in the New Orleans Saints’ rookie minicamp this past weekend and then being signed to the team’s 90-man offseason roster as an undrafted free agent, Thomas said Tuesday that he’ll begin his attempt at professional football at wide receiver...
Justin Thomas signing announced by Saints

Justin Thomas signing announced by Saints

The New Orleans Saints made official the signing of former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the contract via news release. He joins the team as an undrafted free agent. Thomas made the team’s 90-man offseason roster after competing for a spot in the Saints’ rookie minicamp this past weekend. Thomas worked out at cornerback and then wide receiver...
High school volleyball player of the year

High school volleyball player of the year

Achievements: Back-to-back recipient of Gatorade Georgia Volleyball Player of the Year. Two-time volleyball state champion. Graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Position: Libero Height: 5-9 Class: Senior College choice: University of Kentucky Why Kentucky: I had offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Florida and Missouri, but I chose the University of Kentucky because I felt like it was the best fit...
High school softball player of the year: Keara Napoli

High school softball player of the year: Keara Napoli

Achievements: Was named Class AAAAAA Player of the Year and led team to state championship. Position: RHP Height: 5-foot-5 Class: Senior College choice: Signed with Georgia Why Georgia: When I was a freshman I played in a showcase tournament that my pitching coach put on, and there were a lot of colleges there. Georgia and Georgia Tech both offered me that week. I went on four visits: Florida State...
Ex-Jackets QB Thomas to reportedly sign three-year deal with Saints

Ex-Jackets QB Thomas to reportedly sign three-year deal with Saints

After a successful tryout with the New Orleans Saints over the weekend, former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas is expected to sign a three-year deal, according to The Times-Picayune Saints’ reporter Herbie Teope. Thomas will be signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, worked out as both a wide receiver and...
What’s next for Justin Thomas with the Saints?

What’s next for Justin Thomas with the Saints?

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas cleared a significant hurdle in his attempt to play in the NFL this past weekend, when he earned a contract from the New Orleans Saints with his play in the team’s rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday. The next steps for Thomas: Deciding on a position, either cornerback or wide receiver, and learning both the team’s scheme and the position...
Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas has successful tryout with Saints

Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas has successful tryout with Saints

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas has an NFL roster spot. After participating in a three-day rookie minicamp with the New Orleans Saints this weekend on a tryout basis, the Yellow Jackets great was added to the team’s offseason roster on Sunday as an undrafted free agent, according to Thomas’ representation. The tryout was Thomas’ second, after an unsuccessful attempt...
Holmes, Stanley lead Players; Garcia joins the fray

Holmes, Stanley lead Players; Garcia joins the fray

Over the first six competitive holes since his resume-making victory in Augusta, Sergio Garcia seemed still to be nursing a serious glory hangover. Heavy were the shoulders that wore the Masters green jacket. Garcia spit up three bogeys and a double-bogey right out of the chute Thursday at the Players Championship. How many more holes could he go on like that before Billy Payne showed up to repossess...
Tech loses out on Wheeler four-star forward Jordan Tucker

Tech loses out on Wheeler four-star forward Jordan Tucker

On the day after Georgia Tech lost out on Princeton graduate transfer Hans Brase, coach Josh Pastner lost a much bigger fish — Wheeler High forward Jordan Tucker. Tucker announced Saturday his commitment to Duke, whose recruitment of the four-star prospect lasted about a week. Tucker spread the news from his Twitter account. “When weighing in all the factors, one school has the right...
Justin Thomas getting a second shot at NFL

Justin Thomas getting a second shot at NFL

March 17, 2017, Atlanta – Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas (5) catches the ball during a drill during Pro Day at the Georgia Tech Mary R.
A second NFL tryout for Justin Thomas

A second NFL tryout for Justin Thomas

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas is getting another chance at getting into an NFL camp this weekend. After a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers last weekend at their rookie minicamp was unfruitful, Thomas began a tryout with the New Orleans Saints on Friday at their rookie minicamp, according to Thomas’ representation. Thomas was to try out for the Saints at the nickel corner position...
Grad transfer Hans Brase won’t be coming to Georgia Tech

Grad transfer Hans Brase won’t be coming to Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s list of recruiting targets was reduced by one Friday. Princeton graduate transfer Hans Brase, who made an official visit to Tech last week, has selected Iowa State, according to two people familiar with his recruitment. The decision was first reported by FanRag Sports. Brase offered the Yellow Jackets an experienced frontcourt player, albeit one returning from two consecutive...
Georgia Tech APR scores trigger bonuses for Johnson, Pastner

Georgia Tech APR scores trigger bonuses for Johnson, Pastner

The Georgia Tech football team’s APR score was worth a hefty bonus for coach Paul Johnson. Basketball coach Josh Pastner, meanwhile, has made the easiest $100,000 he may ever make. Because of their teams’ APR scores, released Wednesday, both coaches will receive $100,000 bonuses. Both Pastner and Johnson have clauses in their contracts that reward them with bonuses for APR scores. Pastner...
Georgia Tech APR scores solid again

Georgia Tech APR scores solid again

AJC photo by Hyosub Shin Georgia Tech’s Academic Progress Rate scores, released Wednesday by the NCAA, were largely solid among the school’s 17 varsity sports.
M.J. Walker’s coach explains why he hasn’t decided on a school yet

M.J. Walker’s coach explains why he hasn’t decided on a school yet

Of ESPN’s top 100 basketball prospects in the senior class, seven remain unsigned or uncommitted. Georgia Tech is pursuing two of them, Wheeler High forward Jordan Tucker and Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker. On Thursday, Walker’s high-school coach explained the length of his decision-making process. Walker and his family “are looking for a program that is very similar to where he&rsquo...
Top 25 ranking for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

Top 25 ranking for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

On the heels of his team’s nine-win season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has been rated a top-25 coach. A survey of five CBS Sports writers of all of the power-conference coaches in the country placed Johnson at No. 24, one spot behind Florida’s Jim McElwain and one ahead of Washington State’s Mike Leach. Johnson moved up 13 spots from his ranking last season after the Jackets...
Video: Atlanta Dream star sends Mother’s Day greeting

Video: Atlanta Dream star sends Mother’s Day greeting

Mother’s Day is just a few days away and the AJC asked some local sports figures to give their thoughts on the special ladies in their lives in advance of the big day. Hear what Atlanta Dream guard Layshia Clarendon had to say about her mom: ‘She’s awesome .... I love her.’ Julian Gressel of the Atlanta United said this about his mother: ‘Thank you for everything...
CBS poll: Paul Johnson among top 25 coaches, Kirby Smart only … 54th

CBS poll: Paul Johnson among top 25 coaches, Kirby Smart only … 54th

Kirby Smart is not saying, “I’m ranked way up here.” At least not by CBS Sports. (Rob Saye/Special to the AJC) Offseason college football rankings are created primarily for our amusement and not to be confused with anything resembling, well, overly scientific.
State golf notebook

State golf notebook

Four-time national PGA of America Player of the Year Sonny Skinner headlines a group of four inductees for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The Sylvester native is the only person to win national player of the year (2008) and senior player of the year (2010, 2011, 2012). He won twice on the Web.com Tour (then Nike Tour) and was low club professional at the 2011 Senior PGA Championship...
Rookie jersey numbers: What each draft pick from Georgia will wear in NFL

Rookie jersey numbers: What each draft pick from Georgia will wear in NFL

Twenty-nine players from Georgia were drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. As the rookies take part in their team activities they have been assigned their jersey numbers. Some players have held onto numbers they’ve worn at Georgia high schools. Others have been forced to change numbers because of NFL rules or because the jersey is worn by a veteran player. Some have received a number yet. Here is...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Georgia

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Georgia

A most unlikely play felled Georgia Tech a third time this season against rival Georgia Tuesday night. In the top of the ninth, Georgia’s Mitchell Webb scored from first on a single to center to give the Bulldogs the winning run in an 8-7 victory in the teams’ first-ever meeting at the new SunTrust Park. Georgia earned a 3-0 sweep of the Yellow Jackets, its first over Tech in a season...
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