THE FLATS – Summer league conversation with Moses Wright … Thaddeus Young, Tadric Jackson return to high school haunts to hold camps… Marcus Georges-Hunt heads to Puerto Rico… more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.
CONVERSATION WITH MOSES WRIGHT
Despite a tough Summer League as a team, there were a few guys who impressed. Jaden Hardy showed some positive flashes. AJ Lawson was exceptional and earned a two-way spot with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The other guy who stood out? Moses Wright.
Moses Wright finished out the 2022 NBA season on a two-way deal with the Mavericks but didn’t end up playing much with the big boys. He spent most of his time with the Texas Legends in the G League where he absolutely dominated. During the G League regular season, Wright averaged a cool 20 points and nine boards on .562/.395/.657 shooting splits.
After a killer collegiate career where he was named the ACC Player of the Year during his senior season, and a nice G League stint, Mavs fans had high hopes for Wright in the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League, but things didn’t start as planned. for the 23-year-old big man.
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YOUNG RETURNS TO HS ALMA MATER FOR CAMP
For the first time since 2019, Memphis native and 15-year NBA vet Thaddeus Young returned to his alma mater, Mitchell High School, to host his Shelby Metro Basketball Camp.
The forward for the Toronto Raptors believes going back to his roots is important.
“Oh, it’s very important,” Young said. “Just for the simple fact like these are the same kids that grew up in the neighborhood just like I did, I used to walk these same streets, come to this same gym.”
Young is hosting nearly 200 kids between the ages of eight and 18 at the camp every week. He hopes that what he’s accomplished through basketball after growing up just like they did can provide some inspiration.
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— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) July 27, 2022
— Shekinah Young (@Mrs___Young21) July 23, 2022
DERRICK FAVORS OUTLOOK WITH OKC
With a bevy of potential rotational pathways, let’s break down Derrick Favorswho will be looking to make the final 15-man roster.
Favors, age 31, is the Thunder’s longest-tenured NBA player, being selected in the 2010 NBA Draft. The former lottery pick began his career for the New Jersey Nets, however, a mid-season deal sent him off to Utah in his first season. In nine seasons with the Jazz, Favors asserted himself as a top interior option alongside Al Jeffersonunleashing his array of rebounding efforts and post-play to rack up All-Star caliber numbers for a few seasons.
After a lone season in New Orleans and a brief return to Utah, Favors was dealt to the Thunder in the aftermath of the 2021 NBA Draft for draft capital. Last season, the big averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Thunder.
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GEORGES-HUNT HEADED TO PUERTO RICO
From Celtics Wire: Signed by the Celtics after going undrafted in 2016, Georges-Hunt played with the (then) Maine Red Claws (now, Celtics) before being cut. Now, he will play in Puerto Rico for the Mets de Guaynabo.
He has since signed with the Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Iowa Wolves, had another brief stint with the Claws, the Guangzhou Long Lions, Jiangsu Dragons, College Park Skyhawks, and Brujos de Guayama.
The Georgia Tech product appeared in 3 preseason games in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons, averaging 3 points and a rebound per game in the former, and 7 points, 2 assists, and a steal in the latter.
CATCHING UP WITH TADRIC JACKSON
Former Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson last suited up for Tift County’s basketball team in the 2013-14 state championship victory over Wheeler. Eight years have passed since he dribbled a basketball in the Palace, but over the weekend it was like he never left.
Jackson hosted his first ever camp July 16-18 in Tifton, one that he wants to be an annual tradition. He’s off to a good start. More than 50 boys and girls joined him and his assistants for the camp, which featured everything from stretches to set plays, from basic dribbling to setting screens.
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Eurobasket #ProJackets Report
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Yellow Jackets alumni, who are currently playing in pro basketball.
Moses Wright (6’9″-F-1998, graduated ‘2021, plays pro in the NBA) could not help the Dallas Mavericks (52-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance, the Dallas Mavericks (#4) lost 84-95 on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers. Wright was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Wright’s first season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA Summer League. Wright has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 15.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg in four games he has played so far.
Michael Devoe (6’5″-G-1999, graduated ‘2022, plays in the NBA) was not able to help the Los Angeles Clippers in their game against the Miami Heat (2-3) in the NBA Summer League. Devoe did not impress in that game on Saturday. He recorded only 3 points. The Los Angeles Clippers (#8) were edged 86-83 in Miami by the Heat. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA Summer League. This season Devoe averages 3.3 ppg.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5″-F-1994, graduated ‘2016, currently in the NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2 ) in the NBA Summer League. It was not his best game last Saturday. Georges-Hunt recorded only one point in 17 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks (#9) lost 90-94 in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA Summer League. This year Georges-Hunt averages 3.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg in four games. He is a naturalized Virgin Islander.
Other former Georgia Tech players, who play in pro basketball:
- Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995) played for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
- Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992) played for Hapoel UNET Holon in Israeli Winner League
- Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993) played for Regatas in Argentinian La Liga
- Joshua Heath (6’1”-PG-1994) played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Pro Basketball League
- Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988) signed for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
- Derrick Favors (6’10”-F-1991) played for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
- Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998) signed for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
- Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988) plays for Trotamundos in Venezuelan SPB
- Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991) played for Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA
- Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998) played for SeaHorses Mikawa in Japanese B1 League
- Alade Aminu (6’10”-F/C-1987) plays for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rican BSN
- Brandon Alston (6’5”-G-1995) played for Decin in Czech Republic NBL
- Kammeon Holsey (6’8”-F-1990) played for the College Park SkyHawks in the NBA G League.
- James Banks III (6’10”-F/C-1998) played for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
- Zachery Peacock (6’8”-F/C-1987) played for FOS Provence Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
- Daniel Miller (6’11”-C-1991) played for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japanese B1 League
- Anthony McHenry (6’8”-SF-1983) plays for Shinshu BW in Japanese B1 League
- Glenn Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991) plays for Power in the Big3
- Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998) plays for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Summer League
- Will Bynum (6’0”-PG-1983) plays for Bivouac in the Big3
- Jordan Usher (6’7”-G/F-1999) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League
- Evan Jester (6’7”-F-1999) played for New Bayazet in Armenian Caucasus BL
- Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9″-F-1994) played for I. Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
- Shembari Phillips (6’3”-G-1997) played for EPG Baskets Koblenz in German ProB
- Robert Sampson (6’8”-F-1992) played for Yamaguchi in Japanese B3 League
Notice: The list above includes only some of the alumni currently playing in pro basketball. Check complete list of Georgia Tech basketball alumni.