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MAHONE: Georges-Hunt getting it done on, off court

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

JONESBORO — This has been quite a week for former North Clayton High standout Marcus Georges-Hunt.

The Georgia Tech freshman has gone from making the conference’s all-Academic Team to hitting a game-winning shot against ranked Miami in his hometown.

But this is what we have come to expect from Georges-Hunt.

He provided many thrills as a four-year starter at North Clayton. As a senior, he led the North Clayton to its first region basketball championship since 1993.

And it didn’t take him long to get acclimated to the collegiate level in the ACC, one of the most competitive conferences in the country.

The star recruit is a two-time ACC Freshman of the Week winner.

But what has his dad, Willie Hunt, the most proud is the honor he received for his classroom prowess.

“The academic accomplishments are always bigger of the two for me,” the elder Hunt said via cellphone Friday evening. “You always need something to fall back on. I’m always preaching grades.”

And apparently Georges-Hunt is listening.

He finished the first semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a 3.2 grade-point average with a major in business management.

“It is awesome because it is happening at a school like Georgia Tech,” Willie Hunt says.

Georges-Hunt hasn’t been too bad on the basketball court. As the team prepares to play its regular season final at Boston College on Saturday, the 6-foot-5 Georges-Hunt is one of the team’s top scorers.

He has started 28 of the Yellow Jackets 29 games, and is averaging 10.2 points per game.

Georges-Hunt’s biggest moment as a Yellow Jacket came on Wednesday night at No. 6 Miami. He followed his own missed shot with a winning tip-in at the buzzer for a 71-69 win that denied the Hurricanes a conference championship celebration. It was only his second basket of the night, but it was huge.

Originally from Miami, Georges-Hunt had several family members in the arena.

“I told my mom and one of my cousins sitting next to me during the game that Marcus was going to do something big,” Willie Hunt recalls. “When he made that basket, everybody looked at me in amazement.”

We have come to expect such amazement from Georges-Hunt.

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor of the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com.