Former left fielder whose dream of playing for the Atlanta Braves never came to fruition. Instead, worked my way through college and got a degree in journalism, pulling off a rare feat: working in the field of my degree. Began working at The Augusta Chronicle in 1998 and have covered many exceptional events since then (12 Masters Tournaments, the 2001 PGA Championship, 1998 Peach Bowl, 2002, 2010 and 2011 SEC Championships, two of USC Aiken's three golf national championships, Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I golf national championships and four of Augusta State's Division II Elite Eight appearances (men-2008-2010; women-2004) and 12 Augusta Futurities -- along with myriad high school state championship games). In 2008, had a streak of 100 consecutive days of stories in the paper (from January-April). Honored to win first place in the Georgia Press Association's Sports Writing contest in 2009. I live in Augusta with my beautiful wife and our wonderful triplets.
Posted June 24, 2009 11:50 am

Garret Siler to the Atlanta Hawks?

With the NBA Draft looming a day away, Garret Siler is waiting to see where he goes. He's worked out for teams like Dallas, Houston , Indiana and Miami. The most intriguing team he worked out for: Atlanta.

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks the Hawks picking up Siler would be a solid move.

If Atlanta were to take Siler, here's what they'd be getting: an intelligent young man who can be molded into a solid NBA center. In his stint at Augusta State, the 7-0, 278-pound center went from being an unknown to an All-American.

If you've seen Garret recently, you've seen the chiseled figure. He has muscles coming out of muscles. And he's worked hard since Augusta State lost in the Division II Final Four game three months ago.

If Atlanta were to get Garret, the Hawks would fill their need for a big man. He's not a quick fix. But he's someone who has gobs of potential. Down the road, he could become a key contributor and a fan favorite.

Atlanta has the No. 49 pick, the 19th pick in the second round. There will be some people questioning the Hawks if they select Garret. But after seeing him play the past four years, I know the gamble will be worth it.