Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech beat writer

Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech. He started at the AJC in 1998 and has covered a variety of beats, mostly within sports. AJC Georgia Tech blog

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Chico Bennett is Georgia Tech’s 10th commitment
 Georgia Tech received its 10th commitment for the 2019 recruiting class – linebacker Chico Bennett from Franklin, Tenn. Bennett announced his decision on Saturday via Twitter. Speaking in May, Bennett said he was choosing between Tech, Virginia and Tennessee. Bennett is a three-star prospect (247 Sports composite) who plays outside...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Georgia Tech received its 10th commitment for the 2019 recruiting class – linebacker Chico Bennett from Franklin, Tenn. Bennett announced his decision on Saturday via Twitter. Speaking in May, Bennett said he was choosing between Tech, Virginia and Tennessee. Bennett is a three-star prospect (247 Sports composite) who plays outside...
Where will Demetris Robertson transfer? High-school coach doesn’t know
 One of the more sought-after prospects of the 2016 recruiting cycle, Cal wide receiver Demetris Robertson, has opened himself to recruitment again by declaring Thursday his intention to transfer. And, predictably, the announcement by the former Savannah Christian five-star player has opened up another round of guessing and speculating about...

Posted: 2 days ago

One of the more sought-after prospects of the 2016 recruiting cycle, Cal wide receiver Demetris Robertson, has opened himself to recruitment again by declaring Thursday his intention to transfer. And, predictably, the announcement by the former Savannah Christian five-star player has opened up another round of guessing and speculating about...
Josh Okogie is drafted: ‘It’s just the best moment of my life, by far’
 Up against the jubilant throng gathered in the side room at Boogalou Restaurant Lounge in Midtown, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s voice had no chance of being heard through the end of the sentence. The moment was flush with anticipation, excitement and happiness. Family, friends and teammates of Josh Okogie had descended upon the Midtown...

Posted: 2 days ago

Up against the jubilant throng gathered in the side room at Boogalou Restaurant Lounge in Midtown, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s voice had no chance of being heard through the end of the sentence. The moment was flush with anticipation, excitement and happiness. Family, friends and teammates of Josh Okogie had descended upon the Midtown...
Timberwolves draft Josh Okogie at No. 20
 Former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 20th pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. His selection secured his spot in the NBA after a dramatic rise up draft boards following his declaration for the draft at the end of his sophomore season. » Josh Okogie: ‘Best moment of my...

Posted: 2 days ago

Former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 20th pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. His selection secured his spot in the NBA after a dramatic rise up draft boards following his declaration for the draft at the end of his sophomore season. » Josh Okogie: ‘Best moment of my...
How Georgia Tech commit’s position switch at camp paid off
 Jalon Calhoun came to a recent Georgia Tech camp as a quarterback. However, Calhoun also showed Tech coaches what he could do as a wide receiver and cornerback. As a result, he received a scholarship offer, which he accepted to become a part of the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 recruiting class. “It feels real good knowing I don&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Jalon Calhoun came to a recent Georgia Tech camp as a quarterback. However, Calhoun also showed Tech coaches what he could do as a wide receiver and cornerback. As a result, he received a scholarship offer, which he accepted to become a part of the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 recruiting class. “It feels real good knowing I don&rsquo...
Looking at pro prospects for Ben Lammers, Tadric Jackson
 While former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie is hoping to become the school’s 19th first-round NBA pick Thursday night, teammate Ben Lammers is hopeful for a spot on an NBA summer-league team. Former guard Tadric Jackson has a chance to be on a summer-league team as well, coach Josh Pastner said. “Some NBA teams have called about...

Posted: 3 days ago

While former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie is hoping to become the school’s 19th first-round NBA pick Thursday night, teammate Ben Lammers is hopeful for a spot on an NBA summer-league team. Former guard Tadric Jackson has a chance to be on a summer-league team as well, coach Josh Pastner said. “Some NBA teams have called about...
How Josh Okogie became a candidate to be a first-round pick
 When Georgia Tech’s season came to an end in the first round of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., it seemed a foregone conclusion that Yellow Jackets guard Josh Okogie would return for his junior season. After the game, he spoke of his plans for summer workouts and the next season. His coaches, too, expected him to be back. That...

Posted: 3 days ago

When Georgia Tech’s season came to an end in the first round of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., it seemed a foregone conclusion that Yellow Jackets guard Josh Okogie would return for his junior season. After the game, he spoke of his plans for summer workouts and the next season. His coaches, too, expected him to be back. That...
Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 2
 When Calvin Johnson retired from the Detroit Lions in 2016, he was 30 years old. That’s a pretty long retirement. The Georgia Tech great has filled the time with purpose, lending more time to his foundation, starting a consultancy for former athletes, working with receivers from the pro to high-school levels and spending more time with...

Posted: 3 days ago

When Calvin Johnson retired from the Detroit Lions in 2016, he was 30 years old. That’s a pretty long retirement. The Georgia Tech great has filled the time with purpose, lending more time to his foundation, starting a consultancy for former athletes, working with receivers from the pro to high-school levels and spending more time with...
Family has made Tech freshman Justice Dingle ‘top of the line’
 Justice Dingle picked Georgia Tech for many of the reasons that football prospects often do. He liked the coaching staff, particularly his area recruiter Andy McCollum and coach Paul Johnson. Coaches valued him highly and made clear their plan for him as a Yellow Jackets linebacker. He has family in the Atlanta area and in neighboring South...

Posted: 4 days ago

Justice Dingle picked Georgia Tech for many of the reasons that football prospects often do. He liked the coaching staff, particularly his area recruiter Andy McCollum and coach Paul Johnson. Coaches valued him highly and made clear their plan for him as a Yellow Jackets linebacker. He has family in the Atlanta area and in neighboring South...
No stars, no problem for Tech commit Demetrius Knight
 Demetrius Knight wasn’t bothered by not having a recruiting ranking from the likes of 247 Sports and Rivals, per se. But the quarterback from Strong Rock Christian School in Henry County acknowledged he got a little down seeing other quarterbacks he knew with rankings and stars by their names. “I wasn’t sure I had any (stars)...

Posted: 4 days ago

Demetrius Knight wasn’t bothered by not having a recruiting ranking from the likes of 247 Sports and Rivals, per se. But the quarterback from Strong Rock Christian School in Henry County acknowledged he got a little down seeing other quarterbacks he knew with rankings and stars by their names. “I wasn’t sure I had any (stars)...
Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 1
 Saturday night brought Georgia Tech legend Calvin Johnson back near campus, as he hosted his annual fundraising dinner Saturday night at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for his Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation. The black-tie dinner honored the recipients of scholarships, a focal point of the non-profit’s services. The foundation...

Posted: 4 days ago

Saturday night brought Georgia Tech legend Calvin Johnson back near campus, as he hosted his annual fundraising dinner Saturday night at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for his Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation. The black-tie dinner honored the recipients of scholarships, a focal point of the non-profit’s services. The foundation...