There are those who say Georgia Tech isn’t a good job. And then we note the word “Georgia” in the school’s name. And then we note the following:
• Kevin Anderson is a Richmond guard who was the Atlantic 10’s player of the year last season and was first-team all-conference this year. He scored 25 points in the Spiders’ NCAA tournament upset of Vanderbilt and 14 against Morehead State. He’s from Atlanta. He played three years at Whitefield Academy and spent his senior year at Peachtree Ridge.
• Jeremy Lamb is a UConn wing who, as a freshman, has scored 30 points in the Huskies’ two NCAA victories. He’s from Norcross. He played at Norcross.
• Chris Singleton is a Florida State forward who returned from a broken foot to score five key points in the Seminoles’ NCAA victory against Texas A&AM and who worked 10 minutes in their upset of Notre Dame. He’s averaging 13 points. He made the all-ACC third team and the league’s all-defensive team. A junior, he’s projected as a first-round NBA draft pick. He’s from Dunwoody. He played at Dunwoody.
• Bernard James is a Florida State forward who has scored 24 points, taken 16 rebounds and blocked six shots in the Seminoles’ two NCAA victories. He didn’t play high school basketball, arriving at Florida State after a tour in the Air Force. He’s from Savannah.
• Terrance Hill is a guard at Morehead State. He scored 23 points in the Eagles’ NCAA tournament upset of Louisville. Hill is from Columbus, Ga. He played at Jordan Vocational High.
Those are five examples of why Tech, far from being a bad job, is actually a very good one. Of the above, only Singleton was a McDonald’s All-American. (Anderson chose Richmond over Appalachian State.) Yet all have played key roles in the latest installment of the Big Dance.
(And this doesn’t count non-NCAA participants Marshon Brooks of Providence, who’s from Tucker and who led the Big East in scoring, or Andrew Goudelock of the College of Charleston, who’s from Stone Mountain and who ranks fifth in the nation in scoring.)
If you’re a coach considering a job, the first thing you ask is, “Can I get to the NCAA there?” You can get there at Georgia Tech. You don’t even have to sign a one-and-done every year to do it. There are enough good players produced in this state to stock a competitive ACC team on a yearly basis. You can watch several of them play the next two nights.
By Mark Bradley