NBA scouts swarming for Wake-Tech

Greetings from the media workroom prior to the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest game where you can’t take two steps without bumping into an NBA scout. Pete Babcock, Billie Knight, you name it.

There will be 22 scouts here in all tonight, not including those who paid to buy a ticket because the assigned scout area was full.

I’m told this is the most NBA scouts at a Tech home game since the 30 who showed up for the Florida State game on Dec. 20. The common theme between those two games? Big men-matchup.

Tonight we’ll have Gani Lawal going up against his former Norcross teammate Al-Farouq Aminu.

Aminu is leading the ACC in rebounding at an eye-popping 11.4 rebounds per game.  Lawal is having a monster year on the boards again, and he’s third at 9.2 (behind UNC’s Ed Davis). Derrick Favors comes in in fourth with 8.9 rebounds per game.

What separates Aminu is how quick, agile, he seems. He’s had double-digit rebounds in 10 of Wake’s last 11 games, including 18 against Xavier and 17 against UNC Greensboro.

Tonight, he’s playing back in his hometown for the second time, well second time at Alexander (Wake lost to Maryland in the first round loss of the ACC tournament last year at the Georgia Dome).

Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio figures Aminu will be much more comfortable this go-around, because for one, his brother Alade Aminu isn’t in a Yellow Jacket uniform anymore. There’s a lot less on Al-Farouq’s mental plate.

And it didn’t look like it bothered him much last year, when you look at the numbers. In this matchup at Alexander last year, Al-Farouq Aminu had 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-for-15 shooting. His brother Alade had 10 points and 13 rebounds in that game for Tech. Lawal had the best night of all of them, scoring 25 points, grabbing 10 rebounds in Tech’s 76-74 win.

So what’s in store for tonight? We shall see momentarily. I can imagine Gani will come out hungry after having another rough scoring night (day) against Florida State (five points).

50 comments Add your comment

2BT

January 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

Lawal and Favors HAVE TO PROTECT OUR HOUSE!!! This one is huge!

2BT

January 28th, 2010
6:44 pm

oh yeah, FIRST, and TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!

Not Disappointed

January 28th, 2010
6:48 pm

Let’s go Jackets!

Carroll Rogers

January 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

Wake has lost its last five games here, speaking of Tech’s “house.” Wake hasn’t won here since Chris Paul’s freshman year in 03-04

Carroll Rogers

January 28th, 2010
7:09 pm

This is like the anti-Clemson start. Teams are actually making long range baskets

Carroll Rogers

January 28th, 2010
7:15 pm

Gani’s first two free throws looked much better…

Carroll Rogers

January 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

Now that was nice post defense by Favors, staying with Tony Woods one on one, then getting the block

Carroll Rogers

January 28th, 2010
7:27 pm

Hm, I think some of you are over on Jeff Schultz’s blog. I won’t take it personally. He’s a good guy, and ya know, a colleague

Technophobia

January 28th, 2010
7:52 pm

Double blog huh. Haven’t seen that before.

mark it down

January 28th, 2010
7:56 pm

Wake will win. gt basketball is a joke. I mean you lost to an unranked UGA team. gt is a 12 rated in team in the acc.

UGA 73 – gt 66!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!

LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way…. here’s the football score UGA 30 – gt 24!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worm

January 28th, 2010
8:05 pm

An amazing amount of talent on the floor without direction..These two coaches recruit well, but coach poorly..These are the two worst coached teams in the ACC..Sorry, forgot about Lowe!

Technophobia

January 28th, 2010
8:31 pm

This is the best I’ve seen them in a while.

Gustopher

January 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

Carroll why is Jeff Shultz blogging at the game if your there?

Stinger

January 28th, 2010
8:50 pm

The JACKETS are on a roll and will be in the final 8 this year. UGA on the other hand is a pathetic team. We would stomp them 9 out of 10 games and they know it. Obviously we won’t see them again because they will definately not be at the BIG DANCE with us this year. It really hurts them to know that they are pathetic.

Stinger

January 28th, 2010
8:53 pm

WE don’t need a coach to be better than UGA. UGA where are your rated? Didn’t think so!!!!!!!!!!!!Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha!!!

Technophobia

January 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Tech BB is starting to be fun again!

old Tech fan in NC

January 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

Fun game to watch.

Favors play supports he does not need to score the most to be important. He is a shot block/rebound nightmare for Wake.

bugsquacher

January 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

CRAIG JAMES IS A BIG BABY…..wonder who is going to fight his sons battles for him later in life……

Sweet!

January 28th, 2010
9:49 pm

Huge win!!! Way to go TECH!
We are a different team when we hit FTs.
Looked like a sweet 16 squad tonight….if the freshmen keep progressing: Final 4. If Gani hits free throws we win the whole darn thing!!
C.Rog — keep up the good work!
Go Jackets and as always THWG.

Technophobia

January 28th, 2010
10:15 pm

Five guys in double figures. 49 boards,12 assists, 8 blocks, I love it!

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 28th, 2010
11:15 pm

All that is swarming at Georgia tek are THUG ATHLETES swarming to your Athletic teams.

You Georgia tek fans (both of you) make me puke.

Who in the hell was kicked out of basketball last night ?

Another Georgia tek Thug basketball player recruit of Paul Hewitt.

You LOSE to UGA in EVERY SPORT

even with your THUGS

And, your men’s basketball team is on NCAA PROBATION in ACADEMICS

Yet, you show up on our blog to act like NONE OF THAT HAPPENS

Good try Nerds.

Chris Terry is a drug addict out of Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville Florida recruited to UGA in 1994 by Ray Goff in the recruiting class that also included Kirby Smart out of Bainbridge.

Stephon Marbury, another Georgia tek Thug.

Javaris Crittenton kicked out of basketball last night is a Thug recruit to Georgia tek by Paul Hewitt, who has a losing record to UGA.

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BuLLcrap

January 28th, 2010
11:30 pm

Hey BuLLdawg you reject, go get some sleep — you sound a little distressed. What hurts more little buddy? Losing to Florida AGAIN or looking up at TECH from your mom’s basement? Ha!

BuLLdawg

January 28th, 2010
11:38 pm

I live in grandma’s basement, loser. And she says I’m her handsomest boy. You dont know squat. Mark Fox is a real coach! Florida cheated as usual!!!!

Tony Shumpert

January 29th, 2010
12:25 am

Guys, I’ve been hinting around it for months, but I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m a homosexual.

Carroll Rogers

January 29th, 2010
12:55 am

I have to say, when I was watching the Tech-Wake game, some words of a fellow AJC colleague named Mark Bradley popped into my head, when he said – or wrote, more likely – that he wasn’t sure about Wake’s team this year….They looked pretty darn bad tonight. Or it’s probably more correct to say Tech made them look terrible. They shot 32.4 percent from the floor, the Deacs did, while Tech was busy hitting 53.6 percent of its shots. While Tech had five players in double figures, Wake got double-digits only from Aminu (15) and Smith (12).

And yes, I second the point about how key it is for this team, that when they make their free throws, good things happen. Tech went 15-for-20 as a team. Even saw Derrick Favors finally make one of those shots from the top of the key. Maybe that’s the start, that’ll give him a little more confidence in his outside shot. Not that I think he should start taking a bunch, but when he pulls up for that one or two a game, maybe now they go in.

Anyway, before this post gets as long as one of Lost/BuLLdawg’s, or I’m up as late, I’ll say thanks for jumping on the blog tonight. Please keep up the convo tomorrow if you like. I’m taking the day off but I’ll be back here chatting with you Saturday for the Kentucky State game. Hey, that games not on TV so you guys might need me!! If you do go to the game, I know Hewitt would appreciate it. It’s a way of showing support to former Tech sixth man Clarence Moore, now coaching at Kentucky State.

richard cranium

January 29th, 2010
12:59 am

UGAg trollers are funny to everyone… poor bastiches.

Conyers Yellow Jacket

January 29th, 2010
4:48 am

Why does BuLLdawg try to disguise his posts (which are very long) with different name tags?

superDawg

January 29th, 2010
5:57 am

stinger UGA does not care about you or tek fact is you can not stand that we beat the snot out of your teams.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 29th, 2010
6:22 am

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juvenal

January 29th, 2010
9:50 am

bLabLAdaug-hope you got some sleep between, have you tried counting “special admissions”?…has anyone ever met a daug that cared anything about b-ball? what is our frontline going to look like next year, any prospects they are after?

juvenal

January 29th, 2010
10:51 am

and this compares to herring(stank like one)how? & how many other probations, 10? uga is a very big GLASS house on issues of integrity(look the word up, patches)-many folks seem to have reverse alzheimers, long term memory loss(except think 1980 was last year)..

superDawg

January 29th, 2010
11:47 am

juvenal facts are facts stay tuned it only gets better.

juvenal

January 29th, 2010
11:52 am

you mean we’ll have to get rid of another AD?if cph screws up, that’s cause, don’t get my hopes up…wish GTI was a b-ball fan…

Stinger

January 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

SuperDawg, you can’t stand the fact that you are not accepted by the Jacket Nation. You are a Jacket wantabee, but we don’t want your sorry AZZ. Now, get back to work, those fries are burning.

superDawg

January 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

stinger you are one hell of a idiot.Your life as a tekie has made you a bitter pathetic fool,and know that life is not for me.I have higher standards and I am damn glad to be a GEORGIA BULLDOG.NUFF SAID!

Technophobia

January 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Carroll, I think the strength of Wake Forrest this year remains to be seen to some extent. We are nearing the halfway point in the conference schedule though and I think the early indications are that Wake is certainly not a bad team and will likely finish no worse than somewhere near the middle. The real story however is what we saw during the game as opposed to the final statistics. For the first five minutes of this game it appeared that this would be a tough night. The TV announcers talked about how “hot” Wake was early in the game and how they got “cold” after that. That’s not what I saw for the most part. What I saw in the first 5 minutes or so was that Wake was getting fairly easy shots that weren’t very well challenged and a Wake team that was dominating the boards. We weren’t boxing out or defending or really doing what we needed to do to win other than hitting our own shots as well. As you said it started nothing like the Clemson game. At some point after that though, we started playing solid defense, boxing out, blocking shots etc. This was the real difference IMO. This opened up the transition game somewhat but we also started running the half court offense better than we had been. I think we still do a little too much dribbling vs. using crisp passes to move the ball and force the defense to constanly reposition which opens up scoring opportunities but we are getting better in that respect. Lastly, we kept Wake from making a big second half run. As I’ve said before, ACC teams always make a run at you at some point in the second half. It looked like that was about to happen with about 6-8 minutes left. We stepped up though and didn’t let that happen. We kept ourselves from getting in the position where the other team could get momentum, come back and steal the game away. This is something that usually only the top ACC teams are able to do. In most ACC games there usually is a comeback and a nail biting finish. It is only the top teams that can really put the other team away. So, for these reasons, I remain very optimistic. It’s only one game but there is a general trend happening here that, if continued, will bode very well for us as the season progresses. Have a nice day off.

Jamaica

January 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

And to thing you people have been calling for CPH to be fired. See, he has a team and a bench and I told the coach over a year ago that this is the year that GT will win it all and your’s truely will go down in history. Consider that the NBA raids his team of one year player’s, he’d be in history already. Coach, you know who I am, handle your business and lift that trophy at the end. I told you your stars were lining up. Now, I’m sure you see what I said. GO GT

Stinger

January 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

SuperDawg,
You are the biggest moron on these blogs. You are one pathetic fool. You live and die to read the Tech bloggs. You can’t stand it because you was too dumb to get into Tech and are what we call a reject. Grow up son, get a friggin life. I already threatened you once. I would hate to have to stomp your silly AZZ, so get the hell out of here.

Born2Buzz

January 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

That was the best bball a GT team has played in 4 years.

Techno, what I thought I saw in the early part of the game was the refs making a lot of touch foul calls and Wake (Ish Smith mostly) reacted and just driving to the basket and getting easy buckets and opening up easy outside shots. Once the refs calmed down and let the play get a little more physical GT’s D was able to step up the pace. At half my buds and I agreed that we should have been up by 10-12 but kept missing opportunities to push the lead out. But we controlled the game completely after the first 5 mins. 2nd half was as good as we’ve played all year and as noted before as good as any GT team has played in 4 years. Ball movement on O was much better and only a few times did we not get decent shots in the half court sets.

As I’ve noted before on these blogs, Shumpert thinks he should be the star of the team. Well, I’ve changed my tune on this one, as I now think he really should be the star, or more accurately, the leader of the team, in the way of a Steve Nash. He is going to be the point guard, that is clear, so he needs to be a real PG and control the game, get the offense in the right spots, distribute the ball and when appropriate take his shots. He has a ton of talent and can do this, he just needs to grow up and learn his value.

And for all the CPH bashers/doubters ( I admit I still have some doubts) think about this for a moment. Last season, we had Mo Miller starting or playing a lot of minutes, Nick Foreman actually getting about 12 min a game, Lance Storrs getting 10 min a game. This year, Storrs hasn’t seen the court in any meaningful game, Miller and Foreman have been sharing about 4 min a game. The talent level is SOOOO much better this year and as John Wooden used to say, a coach is good when he has really good talent.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

Is what it is today guys (I say guys because tek has no women)

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superDawg

January 29th, 2010
5:45 pm

stinger I troll these blogs because some tekies like yourself feel the need to belittle UGA because it hurts you so much that we own your rear end.Now to the big picture the truth hurts and you can not take it.Your threat is nothing for me to worry about,but it does tell me that my efforts to teach you a lesson are working.TO HELL WITH tek!!!

superDawg

January 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

stinger you are to easy to rile.That makes it easy for me good luck in your life maybe you will become a astronaut and get stuck on the moon the one in outer space.

shreveport

January 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

new baseball poll is out. GT is ranked 10th. sure is nice to have ranked teams in football basketball and baseball. damn shame the dogs are ranked in any

juvenal

January 29th, 2010
7:09 pm

simperdaug, do you own the place you live? your car?you don’t even own an interest in b-ball! as for baseball, ain’t going to spend a weeks(+)vacation in omaha!ain’t that close to dead yet…what about our frontline next year??!!

superDawg

January 29th, 2010
10:43 pm

everyone knows that the Dawgs will win the ncaa bb tournament this year. we are unstoppable with thompkins and fox. tek had no chance against us and neither will anyone else. don’t believe it? UGA will go undefeated from here on out… you heard it from superDawg first! no one can beat the dawgs especially not the tekkies. Dawgs rule insects drool. UGA is the best tek is the rest.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 29th, 2010
11:38 pm

Baseball, just another sport UGA owns Georgia tek in :

195-148-2 UGA 195 wins over Georgia tek in baseball, including National Championship.

4-2 UGA baseball wins in NCAA Tournament over Georgia tek.

Georgia tek fans start talking about baseball EVERY YEAR after we BEAT YOU in

FOOTBALL 30-24

MEN’S BASKETBALL 73-68

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 56-50.

Now what was it you said about

BASEBALL ?

Liars.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 29th, 2010
11:52 pm

1-7 Georgia tek record against UGA in baseball at Turner Field.

Fantastech

January 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Are these UGAY fags really talking about thug recruits. UMMMMM I believe it is the UGAY linemen Chris Terry that has just been charged with DEALING COCAINE. I mean come one it doesn’t get any worse than that. Go back to your trailers you idot mutt fans.

FantasTECH

January 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Oh yeah and at least we don’t sell our sec championship rings like a bunch of moron thugs. You gotta love ugayers they make it soo easy to hate them. Now get back to work. MY PIZZA IS LATE!!

LOST to UGA 66-73.

January 30th, 2010
11:33 am

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