As the Atlanta Hawks continue their dominant performance in the 2015 postseason, it is worth noting that each of the two teams they've eliminated so far -- the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards -- have each carried at least one Georgia Tech product on the active roster. Brooklyn, a recipient of a 4-2 series loss to the Hawks, featured former Yellow Jackets Thaddeus Young and Jarrett Jack on their bench for the majority of the season -- Young was acquired from Minnesota and Jack from Cleveland. Washington featured form Tech guard Will Bynum, a solid depth player for the Wizards who had inexplicably given the Hawks fits in the past. In fact, if Atlanta were to win the current series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they'd eliminate yet another Tech product in the process -- Iman Shumpert. In observation of these fallen one-time Jackets, please enjoy this quick ode to each one by Yellow Jacked Up. We salute you, NBA Jackets.
Chad Clay, a rising football recruit and son of former Georgia Tech star Willie Clay, snubbed his father's Alma mater by committing to play football at rival UGA. While it would obviously be both silly and stupid for me or anyone else to criticize Clay's college decision, it is interesting that he decided to go in the exact opposite direction as his father. Chad Clay is a high four-star player who projects to play cornerback in college.
With every single starting offensive skill position player from last season gone for good, Georgia Tech will have to look to a number of new faces and hope that they are ready and willing to step up before the 2015 football season begins. One of these new faces isn't really a new face at all -- wide receiver Micheal Summers has made a few starts in past seasons but will look to have a breakout season this time around during what will be his junior campaign on the Flats. Summers faces the unique task of stepping up and replacing both the production and leadership qualities of DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller, both of whom departed for the NFL, but appears up to the task. If he can create the chemistry with Justin Thomas that Smelter and Waller had, then we could be in for a pleasant surprise.
The Georgia Tech golf team will once again make an appearance in the NCAA Finals, marking the 24th time the Jackets have done so. The team played the final six holes at 9-under-par to clinch the elusive 24th appearance, and All-American Ollie Schniederjans led the Jacketrs at 2-under-par. Congratulations to the Tech golf team for yet another outstanding season and a new opportunity to win the whole thing!
Which new faces are you most looking forward to seeing this football season?
Have a great Thursday!