David Didenko’s career with Georgia Tech didn’t go exactly as planned. Didenko came to the Flats as a commit from Palm Beach State College (FL) with little film or statistics. The native of Russia played sparingly his freshman year, averaging just over four minutes per game. During his sophomore year, Didenko saw even less time on the court, playing five games and averaging 1.8 MPG. While you never want a player to leave a team, Didenko’s transfer will give Josh Pastner another scholarship to use on a potential contributor. Good luck, David!
Speaking of Josh Pastner, the recent firing of Sean Miller at Arizona has led to some speculation that he could be a candidate to return to his alma mater. It looks like Todd Stansbury and the GTAA are trying to get ahead of the Wildcats poaching Pastner by engaging him in contract extension discussions. The fifth-year Yellow Jacket head coach has two seasons left on his contract, so even if the Arizona job wasn’t open, for recruiting purposes it’s best to give Pastner an extension.
The Georgia Tech Baseball Team has had a rough week, losing a series to the Virginia Cavaliers and getting soundly beaten by USC-Upstate. Luckily, the team has a chance to right the ship this weekend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who will be a tough out. The Irish are currently ranked no. 12 in the nation with a 13-5 (12-5 ACC) record. The Jackets are not struggling with the bats, the article above says they lead the ACC in batting average, but the pitching does need some work. If you want to see if the Jackets can get out of their slump, all three games will be on ACCNX at 5 p.m. ET Friday, 2 p.m. ET Saturday, and 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Each year, the NCAA Senior CLASS Award is given to the “most outstanding senior student-athlete in 10 NCAA Division I sports.” Luckily for Georgia Tech, Beesball player Austin Wilhite is one of 30 nominees for the baseball section of the award. This is a huge honor for Wilhite to even be considered, and speaks to his character and performance throughout his time at Georgia Tech. Congratulations, Austin!
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Question of the Day: What are your predictions for this weekend’s baseball series?