With his days on The Flats behind him, former Yellow Jacket Quinton Stephens is hard at work preparing for the NBA draft. Today Georgia Tech’s all-time leader in games played will get an opportunity to show his stuff for the Charlotte Hornets. While becoming one of the 60 players selected in the June 22nd draft is a long shot for Stephens, getting a chance to workout in front of teams can only help his chances of getting a Summer League invite or a spot in the NBA G-League (that’s the new, Gatorade-branded name for the NBA Developmental League). Best of luck to Q as he pursues a professional career!
Overall, 2017 was a season to forget for Georgia Tech Baseball but it didn’t come without a few memorable individual performances. Since the season ended, freshman phenom Austin Wilhite has been raking in the national awards. Last week, the shortstop was named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team. Yesterday, he earned a spot on the National College Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American First Team. In Wilhite’s debut season, he was second on the team in batting and on-base percentage (0.338 and 0.410, respectively).
To finish today’s Tidbits, we’ll go from a Freshman All-American to a pair of Yellow Jacket alumni making a run at the MLB All-Star Game. MLB PR released the latest National League ballot update yesterday afternoon with former Yellow Jacket great Matt Wieters in fourth among catchers and Georgia Tech one-and-done-r Charlie Blackmon in second among outfielders. Wieters probably won’t make the game as a starter but has a decent shot at making the team as a reserve. Blackmon, meanwhile, is third overall in NL voting and all but a lock to start the game at center field. The Rockies’ star is having a career season, ranking third in the NL in RBIs while batting leadoff.
Freshmen football players arrive on campus today! The season is just around the corner!