Former Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt saw his hard work in the NBA’s Development League rewarded yesterday with a 10-day contract to play for the Miami Heat. Georges-Hunt, who is averaging over 16 points per game this season with the D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, is now officially an NBA player and could see some minutes over the course of his contract. In the NBA, a team is allowed to extend a 10-day contract to a player two times in one season. After that, they must either let the player walk or sign him to a long-term deal. Given current trends and the fact that the Heat struck D-League gold with center Hassan Whiteside, there’s a decent chance that Georges-Hunt could end up on a multi-year deal pretty soon. Hopefully he can show off well enough over the next ten to twenty days to leave a positive impression on the Miami coaching staff.
Some major kudos are in order for Georgia Tech forward Rand Rowland, who was recently named to the Allstate Good Works Team for his outstanding efforts within the Atlanta community. Rowland becomes the second Tech student-athlete to receive the prestigious accolade, joining defensive end KeShun Freeman and making Georgia Tech the only school in the country with a representative from the football and men’s basketball team. It has been quite a year for Rand Rowland so far, proven first when he earned his scholarship after years as a walk-on and most recently by his naming to the Good Works Team. Congratulations to Rand on proving the value of hard work and excellent character both on and off the court.
The beginning of the ACC’s winter meetings has once again signaled the start of some light discussion surrounding the various recruiting processes within the conference, including everything from an early signing period to satellite camps. It has begun to look more likely that an early signing period, as endorsed by Paul Johnson and others, will come about at some point in the near future, but other topics have remained a bit more contentious. The future of the ACC Championship game is one such issue, as North Carolina has still not repealed the controversial House Bill 2 which caused organizations to flee the state left and right. It remains unfortunate that no one is willing to budge on the issue to the point that everything is being essentially forced out of North Carolina, but there remains a possibility that some change could be made.