The upcoming class for Tech's basketball team is easily the most exciting since Robert Carter, MGH, and Chris Bolden made their way to the Flats two seasons ago -- it features two solid bigs in Ben Lammers and A.D. Gueye along with a slew of transfers (DeMarco Cox, Charles Mitchell, and Josh Heath). Each of those players has the necessary tools to make a big impact for the Tech team that has struggled under the command of Brian Gregory, but perhaps the most exciting player from the upcoming class is shooting guard Tadric Jackson. Jackson, a four-star recruit from Tifton, GA, is a flat out play-maker with an unfair amount of talent; he can do just about anything at a high level. If you're looking for a Tech comparison, his game reminds me a lot of Iman Shumpert -- he's definitely a player to watch this season.
In the ever-evolving landscape of NBA free agency, three point specialists are becoming a premium; every team wants one but not every team can find one. That makes the value of these "3-and-D" players much higher than it would have been just years ago, which is great news for former Yellow Jacket Anthony Morrow. Morrow, currently a free agent waiting for the Lebron-induced logjam to clear, has been garnering attention from around the league lately -- the more attention he gets, the higher his price-tag climbs. He wisely opted out of his meager contract with the Pelicans that saw him make just over one million dollars in 2013 in favor of a bigger payday, but what team will sign his check is still to be determined. Among his suitors are the OKC Thunder and Miami Heat, both possible contenders in 2014, and a slew of other teams. He's a hundred problems, but an offer ain't one.
In light of new SEC and ACC requirements to schedule power five teams, Georgia Tech has been named to the list of most attractive out of conference opponents. When I read the title of that article, I immediately thought that it would be a positive list that appreciated Tech's rich history and unique scheme. I was wrong. The list actually names the teams that will provide the easiest wins while also fulfilling the power five requirements. Still flattered? I just think it is really ignorant that they cited Tech having not won an out of conference, power five game since the Sun Bowl against USC. That amount of time covers just one season, which indicates absolutely nothing and is not a reasonable sample size. I can name 15 teams off the top of my head worse than Tech in power five conferences easily, so I consider that list inaccurate.
Everyone has seen the huge corporate logos that grace the fronts of soccer logos around the world, but what logo would be on the chest of an NCAA football team's uniform? That is the pressing question that James Carskadon asked in a recent post. If you ask me, Georgia Tech would have a Coke bottle or a waffle on the front (neither of which I'd be totally opposed to). The only true answer for uga would be a nice big portrait of Honey Boo Boo across the chest. I'd pay to see that. Or her mother...
Are Tech's struggles to win out of conference games against power five teams indicative of the need for a change? What kind of change would be needed and what causes the struggles in the first place?
Have a great Thursday!