Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report – Men’s Basketball — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
THE FLATS – Reports say Marcus Georges-Hunt to play for Hawks Summer League team … Michael Devoe signs E-10 contract with Clippers, Jordan Usher training camp deal with Jazz … Jose Alvarado prepping with Puerto Rico national team … Rumor mill with Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors and Josh Okogie … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.
REPORT: GEORGES-HUNT TO HAWKS SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM
At 28 years old, Marcus Georges-Hunt is easily the oldest player on the Hawks Summer League roster. But that shouldn’t be held against the 6’6″ shooting guard. Georges-Hunt has played in the NBA and G League – most recently for the College Park Skyhawks in 2022.
Resume: All-NBA D-League Third Team (2017), NBA D-League All-Star (2017), Second-team All-ACC – Coaches (2016), Third-team All-ACC – Media (2016).
Marcus Georges-Hunt has agreed to play Summer League for the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell @Sportando.
— Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) June 26, 2022
— College Park Skyhawks (@CPSkyhawks) May 11, 2022
DEVOE SIGNS EXHIBIT 10 DEAL WITH CLIPPERS
While he did not get drafted during Thursday’s NBA Draft, Michael Devoe is going to get his shot in the NBA. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Los Angeles Clippers are going to sign Devoe and give him an opportunity to compete for two way contract this summer. The report was then confirmed by Ken Sugiura of the AJC.
Michael Devoe, one of the top players to go undrafted this year, has reached a deal with the Clippers.
Last season for @GTMBB he averaged 17.9ppg, 4.9rpg, and 3.1ast. Shooting an impressive 46% from the field and 37% from deep. He was named All ACC 3rd team.
— GREENLIGHT MEDIA (@atlgreenlight) June 26, 2022
USHER SIGNS TRAINING CAMP DEAL WITH JAZZ
As the night went on the Jazz worked on adding players to the Summer League roster. They picked up Georgia Tech wing Jordan Usher, who worked out for the Jazz on June 2 and impressed in his interview after the workout, and Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn, who worked out for the team on June 7. Both players are joining the team on exhibit-10 deals.
UCLA guard Juzang agreed to a two-way deal with the Jazz shortly after the close of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Utah Jazz did not have a pick.
— Jordan Usher (@Callmeush) June 24, 2022
YOUNG MOVING TOWARD EXTENSION WITH RAPTORS
The Toronto Raptors are working on contract extensions with guard Fred VanVleet and forward Thaddeus Young, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday.
VanVleet is moving toward a four-year deal worth over $110 million, while Young is expected to return to Toronto on a two-year, $10 million contract, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Young is set to become an unrestricted free agent after being traded to the Raptors prior to the NBA trade deadline. The 34-year-old averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 26 appearances with Toronto, making an impact with his defensive presence and his playmaking skill on offence.
“Toronto and Fred VanVleet appear headed towards a contract extension that could approach four years and over $110 million, sources told B/R. Thaddeus Young is expected to find a two-year agreement worth at least $10 million to rejoin Toronto.” – @JakeLFischer of BR pic.twitter.com/XQJQ6oasxL
— Jabari (@Jabari______) June 29, 2022
DERRICK FAVORS-NETS REUNION?
In a June 27, article from Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report titled, ‘1 Realistic Trade or Free-Agent Target for Every NBA Team,’ the Brooklyn Nets were linked with their former third overall pick, Derrick Favors.
“With LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Nic Claxton all entering free agency, what that group could use is a big man, and veteran Derrick Favors is the kind of unselfish rim protector Brooklyn should be looking for.
Over the last two seasons, Favors has gotten used to a sub-20-minutes-per-game role and doesn’t demand a ton of possessions. He’ll just take up space on defense, protect the rim, rebound, set screens and happily take a break when the Nets go small, ” Bailey wrote.
It might not take much to get Favors from the Thunder, Bailey expects the Nets could use a Trade Exception (or Taxpayer Midlevel Exception if Derrick Favors Opts Out). Favors is an excellent defender but can also still contribute offensively on occasion.
REPORTS SAY OKOGIE WILL BECOME FREE AGENT
The Timberwolves don’t intend to issue a qualifying offer to former first-round pick Josh Okogie, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News.
Having completed his four-year rookie scale contract, Okogie would become a restricted free agent this offseason if Minnesota extends a qualifying offer worth $5,857,966. In that scenario, the Wolves would have the ability to match rival offer the veteran wing receives, and he’d have the option of simply accepting the one-year offer worth nearly $6MM before reaching unrestricted free agency in 2023.
Told no QO coming for Okogie … Look for Wright to play Vegas Summer League for a different organization. He should be able to land a 2-way elsewhere. #Timberwolves #RaisedbyWolves https://t.co/aJaVu3G66q
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) June 27, 2022
PELICANS MONITORING ALVARADO’S OFFSEASON PROGRESS
The New Orleans Pelicans will continue their international scouting in the coming weeks and the prospect will be familiar. Jose Alvarado has been called in to help the Puerto Rico Basketball Federation (FBPUR) qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. LSU alum Tremont Waters will join Alvarado and 22 others in San Juan for training camp. This will give the Pelicans an early look at how the undrafted star has been developing this summer.
Alvarado will help Gian Clavell and Waters lead the squad in two home games against Team USA (July 1) or Mexico (July 4) with an eye toward games against Brazil and Uruguay in August during the next FIBA window. Still, Puerto Rico can top the group with two wins from their first two home games since February 2021.
— FIBA Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) June 27, 2022
— Jose Alvarado (@AlvaradoJose15) June 23, 2022
Georgia Tech #ProJackets Eurobasket Report
Courtesy of Eurobasket LLC (June 9, 2022)
Josh Heath (6’1”-PG-1994, graduated ‘2017, plays pro in Belgium) led his Belgian team Stella Artois Leuven Bears to a 2-point victory over the seventh-ranked Okapi Aalst (9-1) 73-71 in the BNXT League last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Heath recorded 21 points and had 4 steals in 33 minutes. Stella Artois Leuven Bears (8-2) is placed third in the BNXT League. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. Heath has relatively good stats this year 13.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.3apg and 1.6spg in 31 games he played so far.
Experienced Alade Aminu (6’10”-F/C-87, graduated ‘2009, plays in Puerto Rico) led Gigantes de Carolina to a victory against the third-ranked Cangrejeros (8-9) 82-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Tuesday night. Aminu recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Gigantes de Carolina (13-4) is placed first. Aminu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages 16.3ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.3apg.
Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995, graduated ‘2018, currently in Germany) managed to help ALBA Berlin in a victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (23-11) 89-84 in the German BBL in Friday night’s game. Lammers recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ALBA Berlin (27-6) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team’s 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Lammers averages 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1bpg in 21 games.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5”-F-1994, graduated ‘2016, plays pro in Puerto Rico) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Grises (6-10) crushing them 107-72 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. Georges-Hunt recorded 18 points. Mets de Guaynabo (8-10) is placed fourth in Group B. This season Georges-Hunt has very high stats. He averages 19.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg. Georges-Hunt is a naturalized Virgin Islander. .
Other former Georgia Institute of Technology players, who play in pro basketball:
- Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992) plays for Hapoel UNET Holon in Israeli Winner League
- Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993) plays for Regatas in Argentinian La Liga
- Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
- Derrick Favors (6’10”-F-1991) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
- Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
- Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
- Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991) plays for Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA
- Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998) plays for SeaHorses Mikawa in Japanese B1 League
- Zachery Peacock (6’8”-F/C-1987) plays for FOS Provence Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
- Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988) plays for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
- Glen Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991) plays the Power in the Big3 League
- Brandon Alston (6’5”-G-1995) plays for Decin in Czech Republic NBL
- James Banks III (6’10”-F/C-1998) plays for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
- Moses Wright (6’9”-F-1998) plays for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
- Daniel Miller (6’11”-C-1991) plays for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japanese B1 League
- Anthony McHenry (6’8”-SF-1983) plays for Shinshu BW in Japanese B1 League
- James White (6’9”-F-1993) played for Mauricio Baez in Dominican Rep. TBS last year
- Will Bynum (6’0”-PG-1983) plays for Bivouac in the Big3 League
- Robert Sampson (6’8”-F-1992) plays for Yamaguchi in Japanese B3 League
- Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9”-F-1994) plays for I.Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
- Evan Jester (6’7”-F-1999) plays for New Bayazet in Armenian Caucasus BL
- Shembari Phillips (6’3”-G-1997) plays for EPG Baskets Koblenz in German ProB
Notice: The list above includes only some of alumni playing currently in pro basketball. Check complete list of Georgia Tech basketball alumni.