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Technical Tidbits 6/16: Two Jackets prepare for NBA Draft

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Jose Alvarado and Moses Wright have prime opportunities in the next few days.

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The NBA Draft is coming up soon, July 29 to be exact. Two former Jackets, Jose Alvarado and Moses Wright, are doing everything they can to improve their draft stock and prepare for professional basketball careers. Both are looking to be the first players from Georgia Tech to be drafted since Josh Okogie went to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018. Alvarado has been invited to the 2021 G-League Elite Camp, which is in Chicago this weekend. With a good performance, Alvarado can join Wright at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine (also in Chicago) that begins on June 21. Getting in front of NBA scouts and executives is an important step on the road to getting drafted, so hopefully Alvarado and Wright bring their best performances.

A transfer from Northwestern, Kyric McGowan is a huge add for the Georgia Tech Football Team this season. The Dalton, GA native is a senior, and after just a few months with the program already has a single-digit number. That speaks well to his leadership ability and effort throughout the offseason. McGowan plays from the slot, and is a fast, effective receiver that should get a large share of Jeff Sims’ targets this season. McGowan is the type of player that can truly transform the Yellow Jacket offense into one of dynamic playmaking, speed, and toughness that Geoff Collins has been preaching since day one.

This week the United States Open is taking place at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. It’s one of golf’s four major championships, and three former Jackets will be teeing it up in the tournament. Tyler Strafaci, the most recent U.S. Amateur champion, begins his quest for the trophy at 4:14 p.m. ET on Thursday with 2020 U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau and 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. Also teeing off at 4:14 p.m. ET (from the 10th tee) is former Jacket Stewart Cink, who’s playing with Paul Casey and Lee Westwood. The last Jacket in the field, Matt Kuchar, will be making his start from the 10th tee at 10:40 a.m. ET with Billy Horschel and Kevin Kisner. It’ll be a long week on a tough course, good luck Jackets!

Lewis Caralla is great at making you want to run through a brick wall.

Question of the Day: What do you think of Alvarado and Wright’s NBA Draft prospects?