With the ACC Baseball Tournament slated to start today, the conference released its postseason honors yesterday. Four Yellow Jackets were recognized with placement on various All-Conference teams. Junior 2B Wade Bailey led the way, earning a spot on the All-ACC First Team. Bailey leads the Jackets in most offensive categories and is second in the conference in runs and doubles with 62 and 20, respectively. Sophomore C Joey Bart was voted Second Team All-ACC after leading Tech in home runs and RBIs in addition to his excellent work behind the plate. Junior 3B Travis Craport earned Third Team honors while SS Austin Wilhite landed on the All-Freshman team. The Yellow Jackets will open ACC Tournament play this morning at 11:00 am ET against Miami.
Another name was scratched off Josh Pastner’s list of potential Yellow Jackets on Saturday when Brewster Academy’s Sidney Wilson committed to St. John’s. Wilson was always a bit of a longshot to come down to the Flats but was teammates with Tech signee Curtis Haywood at Brewster and listed Georgia Tech among his six finalists. Ultimately, Wilson chose to stay closer to his New York home and play for the Red Storm. With Wilson’s decision Tech’s only remaining target is 5-star guard M.J. Walker. The Jonesboro product is one of three players in ESPN’s Top 100 that remains uncommitted but there are no indications of when Walker will decide where he will spend his collegiate career. Coach Pastner could theoretically sign other prospects or transfers, as there are still open scholarships, however no other offers have been made at this time.
When Athletic Director Todd Stansbury made renovations to the football locker rooms and the Edge Building a priority in his 2017 State of Athletics speech he had no shortage of places to draw inspiration from. Whether it’s Oregon’s Nike-Funded Football Performance Center, Texas’s swanky new digs (complete with a TV for every locker), Alabama’s waterfalls, Clemson’s slide, or Texas A&M’s barber shop, college football recruiting has increasingly become an arms race to provide the coolest and most unique environment to present to prospective players. The most recent locker room addition to make headlines comes from our neighbors over in Athens: a DJ booth. Georgia Tech’s locker rooms are badly in need of upgrades and it will be interesting to see which features get added in to make splash with recruits and players alike. Maybe one-up everyone with a slide through a waterfall into a DJ booth in a barber shop?
What feature would you most want in a locker room? Have a Terrific Tuesday!