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Dwyane Wade visits the Bulldogs
Dwyane Wade is a three-time NBA champion, 12-time All-Star, NBA Finals MVP and future Hall-of-Fame member. He’s also a newly minted supporter of Georgia basketball.
Wade played for new Georgia men’s hoops coach Tom Crean at Marquette from 2001-03 and together the duo helped lead the Golden Eagles to the 2003 Final Four. Since then, Crean and Wade have ostensibly remained close, with Wade going so far as to tweet that his family became “proud supporters of the Bulldogs” when Crean was hired in April.
And it seems Wade has done more than just lend vocal support to his college coach, as photos emerged Monday of the Miami Heat great with a slew of Georgia players at the Stegeman Coliseum practice courts.
As of writing this on Monday night, all that’s been released about Wade’s visit to Athens is pictures with players, a few of which you can find below. (Although I’m sure the program will want to do something to publicize a visit from such a high-profile guest.) It’s unknown if he was just in town to visit Crean and shoot around or if he was there to impart some wisdom on the Dawgs. But the mere presence of a player such as Wade around the program is a tremendous boon.
Visits like this are one of the major benefits of hiring a coach such as Crean, who has coached plenty of great players who continued their relationship with him long after college. It’s a fantastic recruiting tool, and not just because players can get a photo op with a legend like Wade.
The best players from Crean’s time at Marquette and Indiana were Wade and Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo. Neither was highly recruited out of high school, but both became lottery picks and wildly successful NBA players. Crean can convincingly make the case to recruits that he played a major role in developing those players and unlocking the potential that put them on the path to NBA stardom.
And maybe a visit like this will help some of the current Dawgs buy what Crean is selling. Take Nic Claxton for example. Crean hasn’t stopped singing the praises of the sophomore forward since he was hired. Maybe meeting Wade and knowing Crean had a heavy hand in his early development can instill some confidence in Claxton that he, too, has that something special and can become a star.
Scroll down to the Dawgs on Twitter section of this post for more shots of Wade with the Dawgs.
Flash X Clax ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/2moXGKT2Ot
— Clax (@_claxton33) June 4, 2018
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Diamond Dogs’ season ends in Athens Regional
Georgia will not be happy with how its season ended. And there’s sure to be a lot of disappointment from a fan base that was just starting to get behind this team. But don’t let Monday obscure the fact that this was a tremendous season for Georgia baseball, as the team went far above and beyond what anyone outside the program expected of it.
The team’s performance this year not only saved Scott Stricklin’s job, it also instilled a belief that the program can get back to where most believe it should be — near the top of the college baseball food chain.
“We made it a long way, but we knew we had a special team,” said Aaron Schunk, who served the Bulldogs as both third baseman and closer and was wearing a protective mask Monday after suffering a broken nose Sunday. “As a competitor, you always want what’s next, the next game, the next week. … The only thing I could say to the guys was we have unfinished business next year.”
David Pollack nominated for College Football Hall of Fame
Georgia great David Pollack was nominated for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday, his first year on the ballot. Check out DawgNation’s Chip Towers’ column on why Pollack should be a first-ballot selection into the Hall.
Vive la Dawgs
The World Cup is this summer, and we don’t have the United State men’s national team to root for. But the good folks at SB Nation did a fun exercise picking a college football equivalent for all the teams in the tournament, and the Dawgs were equated with the French.
Georgia, with its tons of talent, long decades without titles, and inexplicable struggle to be consistently elite.
Dawgs on Twitter
Met a legend today ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/HzAC11c6ZV
— E'Torrion Wilridge (@ToeToe409) June 4, 2018
LEGEND 💯 pic.twitter.com/KsTlJ0cxaZ
— Mike Edwards (@mintymike32) June 4, 2018
Got D wade wit me ⏳ pic.twitter.com/Ugihxsm4TU
— Teshaun Hightower (@TeshaunTh) June 4, 2018
walking your dog is a great way to bond with them and helps reduce stress.
(danzo_doberman IG) pic.twitter.com/oHPM0VvocO
— Clint Falin (@ClintFalin) June 3, 2018
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