Archive for July, 2010

Ex-Georgia Tech football recruit Jake Skole earns promotion from Texas Rangers

Ex-Georgia Tech football recruit Jake Skole appears to be on the fast track with the Texas Rangers.

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The Rangers promoted Skole to the organization’s short-season Class A team in Spokane, Wash. Skole, who was one of five Georgia high schoolers (No. 15 overall) taken in the first round of last month’s baseball draft, needed less than two weeks of games with the Rangers’ rookie team in Arizona to show team officials he was ready for the next step.

“It’s good to know the organization thinks so highly to move me up to a higher level this soon,” Skole told the AJC on Sunday morning. “I’m thankful and excited for the new challenges to come in Washington.”

The speedy outfielder was traveling early Sunday so he could debut in Spokane’s July 4th game later in the evening. In a statement from the Spokane Indians, they wrote, “Considered to have five-tool potential, Skole has drawn comparisons to Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore and Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny …

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UGA recruiting target is one of top candidates for AJC’s Mr. Georgia Basketball

One of the top contenders for the AJC’s Mr. Georgia Basketball 2011 is Greater Atlanta Christian’s Malcolm Brogdon.

The 6-foot-5, 206-pounder nearly won it this past season while leading GAC to the Class AA state championship. Brogdon averaged 20 points per game as a junior.

Predict who will be the AJC’s Mr. Basketball for 2011

  • Greenville SG Kentavious Caldwell
  • Milton PG Shannon Scott, PF Julian Royal, or SG Dai-Jon Parker
  • GAC SG Malcolm Brogdon
  • South Altanta PF Nick Jacobs
  • Other (see my remarks below)

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“The college coaches love his overall game …. he has got the total package,” GAC coach Eddie Martin said. “He handles the ball, he passes the ball, he gets to the rim, he can rebound and he can shoot and hit the 3-pointer.”

UGA and Clemson are among the early leaders for Brogdon, who has early scholarship offers from both schools. Minnesota also offered this week. He is also getting looks from Butler, Florida, Harvard, …

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Did Gani Lawal make a mistake by leaving Georgia Tech early? HS coach defends NBA second-rounder

Was it a mistake for Gani Lawal to bypass his senior season at Georgia Tech for the NBA Draft? He was selected in the second round (No. 46 overall) by the Phoenix Suns last week.

Was it a mistake for Gani Lawal to bypass his senior season at Georgia Tech for the NBA Draft?

  • No, he made the right call
  • Yes, he would’ve been drafted higher next year after showing what he could do without sharing the rock with Derrick Favors

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His high school coach at Norcross defended the decision. “I don’t think he left college too early,” said Eddie Martin, who now coaches at Greater Atlanta Christian. ”I think Gani is ready for the next level and to be challenged … to grow in a program, hopefully like the Suns.”

“I had talked to Gani on several occasions, and told him ‘Make sure you’re getting the right information from the right people before you make that final decision.’ He called me back later and said, ‘Coach, I feel like it’s time for me to …

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