Former Yellow Jacket Kammeon Holsey, who went undrafted after his senior season on the Flats, has been showing up big time as a member of the Detroit Pistons' summer league team. Though the promising big man was unable to find an NBA spot prior to last season, a few more performances like his 16-point showing yesterday very well could land him a job with the Pistons or another franchise in need of frontcourt depth. In fact, his game may translate better to the NBA than it did in college simply because NBA players are given more slack when it comes to moving in the paint, a problem that really hindered Holsey's production at Tech when he was called for an insane amount of travelling violations. He has great post moves and will be able to use them much more effectively at the NBA level.
Georgia Tech's Justin Thomas is finally beginning to garner some attention as a potential Heisman Trophy winner, having been named as one of five ACC candidates for the potential award by Southern Pigskin. Although there have been a couple of great articles here at FTRS detailing why Thomas likely (probably) won't win the Heisman, every bit of publicity like this makes it a little bit more likely. It still remains extremely unlikely for Thomas to bring home the award barring something like an undefeated season or record-breaking numbers, but I certainly wouldn't say that being a finalist is outside the realm of possibility.
Senior safety Jamal Golden, one of the veteran leaders and anchors of Tech's defense, has been named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list. The award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in college football, makes sense for Golden because of his great work as both a member of the Tech secondary and as a kick returner -- he is currently the school's career leader for yards per return at 25.9 yards. Other notable players who have won the award include Georgia's Brandon Boykin and LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. Of the five players who have won the award previously, four currently hold major roles for NFL teams.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has dismissed quarterback De'Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar. This is just the latest shameful instance of a football player playing into unfortunate and untrue thug stereotypes by assaulting someone for seemingly no reason, although Johnson was clearly not the first person to throw a punch in the video. I applaud Jimbo Fisher for acting relatively quickly and doing what he had to do to preserve his program's image.
What kind of shot do you think Kammeon Holsey has at making an NBA roster?