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Technical Tidbits 8/24: Awards for Tech coach and player

Nell Fortner, Moses Wright receive recognition

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC Tournament - N.C. State vs Georgia Tech Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

It’s always nice to hear about Yellow Jackets receiving recognition for their efforts on and off the field. Whether it’s a head coach or a player, when they receive an award it’s good for the entire Tech community and athletic department. The subject of this article is Nell Fortner and Moses Wright who both were recognized recently for their accomplishments at Tech.

Fortner was named Outstanding Coach, presented by Home Depot, and Wright was named Outstanding College Athlete for the Atlanta Sports Awards. (As the article mentions, men’s basketball head coach Josh Pastner was also nominated for the award). Fortner will be starting her third season as the women’s basketball head coach at Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, Wright, who was also named last year’s 2021 ACC Player of the Year, was a participant in this year’s NBA Summer League. Congratulations to both of them on their well deserved recognition.

In the case of Wright, he is a player that I believe has a good chance at playing professionally whether it’s in the NBA or elsewhere. Speaking of former Yellow Jackets now in the pros, both Tyler Davis and Jalen Camp (both with the Jacksonville Jaguars) saw action in last night’s Monday Night (pre-season) Football game. It can be fun keeping up with former Yellow Jackets after their collegiate careers come to an end. With that said, here’s an article that provides more updates on former Yellow Jacket basketball players who are now in the pros. Regardless of sport, who in particular are the former Yellow Jackets that you like to follow?

This article focuses on one of Tech’s conference foes — in particular Notre Dame. It ranks the Yellow Jackets 10th most difficult among the opponents the Fighting Irish will be facing in 2021. While the write-up on Tech is brief, it does go into some detail as to its reasoning for ranking them 10th and it does mention that Tech may be a bit undervalued.

The article brings up some interesting points regarding the Yellow Jackets that I’ve seen mentioned elsewhere. While it’s hard to say just what we can expect from the team and how we should define its success in its third year under head coach Geoff Collins, there are some areas where improvement is really necessary for the team to be competitive. The defense giving up 36.8 points per game is definitely not going to be acceptable, even with major strides on the offensive side of the ball. So seeing significant improvement in that area would be nice.