In the last 25 years Georgia Tech has developed a rich basketball tradition. There have been 15 NCAA tournament appearances, two Final Fours and a slew of players that have gone on to the NBA.
Who are the 15 best Georgia Tech basketball players of the last quarter century?
Before we get to the list here are 10 players who just missed the cut in no particular order.
Anthony Morrow, Thaddeus Young, James Forrest, Duane Ferrell, Jon Barry, Drew Barry, Craig Neal, Javaris Crittenton, Gani Lawal and B.J. Elder didn't quite make it.
In his only year at Georgia Tech, Bosh averaged 15 points and nine rebounds a game.
He has gone to an All-Star NBA career, and had he stayed at Georgia Tech another year, would have finished in the top-10.
I hold Bosh slightly below a couple of the other one- year players because Tech didn’t make it to the NCAAs during his time there.
Will Bynum and Jarrett Jack formed the Yellow Jacket’s best guard combo of the decade.
Bynum was tenacious and fearless. At 6 feet tall, he hit a last second shot against Oklahoma St. sending Tech to the national title game.
He averaged 12 points as a senior and came up big in bigger games.
Derrick Favors came to Georgia Tech as one of Paul Hewitt’s most regarded recruits. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game during his only year in Atlanta.
He helped lead Georgia Tech to their first NCAA win since 2005.
John Salley was one of the top shot blockers in Georgia Tech history.
He averaged 12 points a game during his career and was a first round pick of the Detroit Pistons. He has gone on to be one of the Yellow Jacket’s biggest post-basketball TV personalities.
Dalrymple was of the top rebounding guards in Georgia Tech history, and the 1984 ACC Rookie of the Year. He had over 1,500 points and over 700 rebounds in his career.
Oliver was the third member of Georgia Tech’s famous Lethal Weapon Three.
In his career, he averaged over 14 points a game and shot nearly 40 percent from 3 point range. He also averaged over four assists a game.
Mackey is arguably Georgia Tech’s greatest rebounder.
He is Tech’s career leader in rebounds and averaged over nine a game throughout his career. He was also one of Georgia Tech’s career leaders in blocked shots.
Tom Hammonds was one of the most versatile players in Georgia Tech history.
He is in the Jackets top-10 in points scored, rebounds, FGs made and FT percentage.
I always thought Travis Best was an under appreciated guard at Georgia Tech.
Best was a notch below the Price, Anderson, Jack and Marbury quartet. He is one the Jacket’s career leaders in assists and steals and helped Georgia Tech win the 1993 ACC tournament Title.
Now I’m really showing my age, but I remember watching one of Marbury’s first games at Georgia Tech in the Georgia Dome. I asked, "This guy is a freshman?"
Marbury had 16 points against Manhattan in a 20-point win.
He was one of the most sought after recruits of 1995 and led the Jackets to the Sweet 16 averaging over 18 points a game.
What’s my most vivid memory of Matt Harping?
How about when I was attending Georgia Tech and saw Harping practicing in the gym. He dropped 20 3s in a row. He was three-time All-ACC player.
How do you choose between Jarrett Jack, Kenny Anderson and Mark Price?
Jack took Georgia Tech further than any other PG ever did. Jack led Georgia Tech to the national title game in 2004.
He could get to the basket, defend and rebound. He was one of the most complete players in Yellow Jacket history.
Dennis Scott had unlimited shooting range. He made over 350 3s in his Georgia Tech career.
He was a 1990 All-American that averaged 21 points a game over his collegiate career. He was the 1989-1990 ACC Men’s Player of the Year.
Kenny Anderson was a wizard with the basketball out of Queens, NY.
The McDonalds All-American was part of the Lethal Weapon Three group at Tech along with Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver. They took Georgia Tech to its first Final Four.
There is a reason Georgia Tech was known as "Point Guard U," and it all started with Mark Price.
He was a four-time all-ACC player that averaged more than 17 points a game in his career. He was Bobby Cremins’ cornerstone recruit as he rebuilt the Georgia Tech program in the early 80s.