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Technical Tidbits 5/22: Okogie, Bart, and Tennis

Recapping a busy day in Georgia Tech sports

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Georgia Tech basketball’s star sophomore, Josh Okogie, announced that he would forego his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the 2018 NBA draft. The announcement came on the heels of a strong performance at the NBA Combine last weekend, where Okogie tested at or near the top of the guard class in nearly every metric. After the combine, Okogie’s stock was on the rise and officially turning pro was a no-brainer. In The Ringer’s mock draft, Okogie rose from the mid second round to the 28th pick after the combine and is now a top 25 player on all three of the sites’ NBA Draft experts’ personal rankings.

A three star prospect from Shiloh High School, Okogie will end his Yellow Jacket career with a third team All-ACC honor and 1,033 career points, good for 43rd in school history. Okogie is just the sixth Yellow Jacket to hit the 1,000 point mark in under two seasons.

Joey Bart Named ACC Player of the Year

The ACC announced its 2018 baseball award winners on Monday, led by Georgia Tech’s own Joey Bart as Player of the Year. The star catcher led the conference in batting (.368), on-base percentage (.481), and slugging percentage (.651) and in total bases (138). In addition to his prowess at the plate, Bart has been superb behind it, throwing out 12 of 33 baserunners while maintaining a .991 fielding percentage good enough to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bart also learned on Monday that he was one of 25 semi-finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

Tech was well represented on the All-ACC teams aside from Bart. 2B Wade Bailey, DH/UT Tristin English, and SP Connor Thomas all were named to the First Team. OF Chase Murray made the Second Team and 1B Kyle McCann made the third team.

The Yellow Jackets will open up the ACC Tournament today at 11 am against Pitt.

Womens Tennis Falls in Semifinals

The Womens Tennis team ended their postseason run Monday, falling 2-4 in the Final Four against Vanderbilt. The Commodores took the early lead, taking the double point to open the match. They extended their lead to 2-0, taking the first singles point before sophomore Nami Otsuka took her match in straight sets and giving the Yellow Jackets their first point of the day. Vandy extended the lead to 3-1 on court two but Tech wasn’t done just yet. Freshman Ida Jarlskog defeated her opponent 6-2 6-4 on court four to bring Tech back within a point. The remaining two matches both went to a decisive third set before Vandy’s Christina Rosca defeated Tech senior Johnnise Renaud to clinch the match for the Commodores. The Yellow Jackets finished the season with a 25-5 record and their second ever semifinal appearance.