For a time of year when nothing is going on out of Athens, except this week's NCAA Track and Field Championships (which start Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon), there's an awful lot of news emanating from around the Classic City. Let's get to some of it so we can have something to talk about while we're not working.
We'll start with congratulations! MLB held their annual draft over the last weekend, where 3 current Dawgs and 3 future Dawgs heard their names called. Big bonuses will likely be needed to lure second round picks Spencer Adams (RHP from White County, picked by the Chicago White Sox) and Michael Gettys (OF out of Gainesville, taken by the San Diego Padres) away from their commitments to join Scott Stricklin's squad. Junior SS Nelson Ward was selected in round 12 by Seattle, and the Mariners also took junior lefty Jarrett Brown in the 22nd round. Junior 3B Hunter Cole was taken by the Giants in round 26, while the Cincinnati Reds took a 38th round flyer on left-handed pitching signee Bo Tucker from Rome. The deadline for signing with their MLB club is July 18.
Congratulations also go out to senior diver Laura Ryan, junior tennis star Lauren Herring, senior swimmers Andrew Gemmell and Shannon Vreeland, and junior swimmer Nicholas Fink for being named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American teams.
Those of you in the Atlanta area will be pleased to know you can catch junior tennis player Austin Smith at next month's BB&T Atlanta Open. He will be joined on the courts by John Isner at the ATP Tour event held at Atlantic Station on July 19-27.
Infamous eyesight destroyer Phil Steele has released his 2014 all-conference teams. Todd Gurley, Ramik Wilson, Leonard Floyd, and Marshall Morgan all landed on his first team All-SEC. Collin Barber, Ray Drew, Jordan Jenkins, Damian Swann, Amarlo Herrera, David Andrews, Chris Conley, and Malcolm Mitchell also got nods. Speaking of football, Gentry Estes has a quote that some of you might like to hear. From Mark Richt, with emphasis added, " Are we going to give it to him 30 times a game and wear him to a nub? No. But there may be a game or two where he's feeling it and we've got momentum and he's pounding it, we're going to let him pound." #RTDBB
Also on the football front, and for those who can't take Spears' advice to don't bet on it, Tyler Dawgden lets us know Vegas doesn't think Georgia will be a 10 win team next year.
There's a lot to give you on basketball, where it's now official that the season will begin with Georgia Tech. The night before football plays Auburn in Athens, men's hoops takes on the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. It will be the first time we've opened a season with Tech since 1977, although tipoff time and TV broadcasting has yet to be announced.
If you want to follow hoops recruiting in Georgia, a must bookmark is the work of Justin Young and company over at Hoopseen. There we can find news that possibly Mark Fox's top big man target in 2015 is set to announce on his birthday, the 4th of July. We made the cut with some of the blue bloods of college hoops, and while having Yasir Rosemond and possibly Charles Mitchell would help, most seem to expect Wheeler's Daniel Giddens to sign with Ohio St. He's also got a possible big time sleeper in the 2016 class in Florida's Jonathan Isaac, and news on several others from around the south. You can check out a scouting report on some of the players for arguably the top AAU program in Georgia, as well as some on kids from other programs around Warner Robins, Athens, and elsewhere. You can get Young's top recruits in Georgia for this upcoming signing class in 2015, the top 5 of which are extremely high on Mark Fox's radar and priority targets for the staff this summer.