Jaguars in the Pros
(Name, Years at GRU)
|Garrett Siler, 2005-2009
After playing for the Shangai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association for one season after college, Siler was invited to the 2010 NBA summer league, where he impressed scouts enough to sign a two-year deal with Suns, making him the first Jaguar to play in the NBA. Atlanta and Miami were also in the running to sign him.
In his first NBA season, Siler averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds a game while backing up Robin Lopez, the 15th overall draft pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He scored a career-high eight points in just three minutes against Oklahoma City in March. The Suns went 40-42 that year.
Currently: Siler bounced between China and Puerto Rico in 2014 before landing with Capitanes de Arecibo, notching over 11 points and 7 rebounds a game as his squad made it to the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) finals.
The big man put it eight points and snagged six boards in Arecibo’s game one victory in the best-of-7 final, which is ongoing.
As a Jaguar: Siler led the Jags to three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances, and still holds the NCAA record for career field goal percentage.
Ben Madgen, 2007-2010
|Greg Hire, 2009-2010
Hire came to the United States from Australia, and after graduating he went straight back to head into the National Basketball League with the Perth Wildcats as a rotational player and the nickname “The Mayor of Wanneroo.”
In the 2012-2013 season, Hire was named the NBL’s Most Improved Player while averaging 5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists, including a 14-rebound performance while notching his first double-double.
Currently: Hire grabbed a team-high eight boards to help his Perth Wildcats qualify for the postseason as the team seeks its 28th-straight NBL Finals appearance. He recently played his 100th game in the league, commemorating it with nine points and four rebounds.
As a Jaguar: Hire posted a home record of 57-4, bringing new meaning to the term 'home court advantage.' He helped the Jags to a Final Four and Elite Eight appearance, averaging 5.4 points and rebounds a contest while starting every game his senior year.
|Fred Brathwaite, 2009-2010
Brathwaite headed to Germany out of college for his first professional season before landing in the National Basketball League Canada (NBLCanada) for the 2011-12 year with the Moncton Miracles. He averaged seven points and three rebounds.
As a Jaguar: Brathwaite helped his team to consecutive Elite Eight appearances, leading the team with 21 points and seven rebounds in the Final Four versus Cal Poly Pomona. He averaged 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game his senior season.
| A.J. Bowman, 2005-2008
After graduating, Bowman spent three seasons playing for Ola Verde in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (National Professional Basketball League –LNBP) before the team folded.
He averaged over five points per game in his final season with the team.
As a Jaguar: Bowman was near the top of the nation in field goal percentage and points per game, averaging 20.5 points in the 2006-07 campaign while shooting 53.1% from the floor and grabbing 7.5 rebounds a contest. He averaged 19.8 points and 7.5 rebounds a game his senior year, including 26 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a block in the 2008 NCAA Division II National Finals.
He also was selected to participate in ESPN’s Slam Dunk contest in consecutive seasons, and was named the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Georgia College Player of the Year in 2007. His number 23 has been retired.
Kavossy Franklin, 1998-1999
|Gary Boodnikoff, 1999-2002
Boodnikoff's professional career was marked by longevity, as he racked up over 250 starts in Australia's National Basketball League, primarily with the Cairns Taipans. He was regarded as one of the faces of the NBL, despite being hampered by leg injuries the past few seasons.
As a Jaguar: Boodnikoff capped his career by averaging 19.5 points a game, shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc. He helped ASU to two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, notching 10 points and five rebounds in a win over Johnson C. Smith in the first round of the 2002 tournament.
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Vaughn Taylor, 1996-1999
Patrick Reed, 2010-2011
Reed showed potential on Tour early, making the cut in two PGA
Tour events before earning his Tour card in 2012 Q-school.
Currently: After a torrid start to his
season, Reed has cooled a bit to fall back to 10th place in the
FedEx Cup standings. He did notch a T11 finish in the Quicken Loans
National, and followed it with a T26 placement in The Greenbriar
Classic. He competed in his first The Open Championship, missing
the cut despite a 1-under 71 in his second round.
Scott Jamieson, 2002-2005
Jamieson enjoyed a banner year in 2011, posting five top-ten and seven top-15 finishes after earning a promotion to the European Tour the year prior. He then hit the jackpot to begin his 2013 season, winning his first event at the Nelson Mandela Championship, finishing T3 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, and following with a 2nd-place finish in the Volvo Golf Champions tournament for his largest professional payday of his career. He made the cut in the 2013 PGA Championship, placing in a tie for 29th for his best major finish thus far.Currently: Jamieson has endured an up-and-down 2014, but hit his stride in the Alstom Open de France in June with a T18 finish, and besting that with a T8 in early July for his biggest payday of the year. He sits 86th in the Race to Dubai.
As a Jaguar: Jamieson garnered All-American and NCAA All-Independent Player of the Year honors while firing a team-best 16 rounds of par or better as a senior. He ran off a string of five straight top-13 finishes, won The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, and played on the Palmer Cup team, going 2-2.
|Gary Murphy, 1992-1994
Murphy made his way into the big time in 2000, and enjoyed a career year in 2003 after earning his way back with a 4th-place finish in the Scottish Open for a payday of over 100,000 Euros, his career best. He also made his first major tournament cut, placing 32nd in The 132nd Open Golf Championship.
He has enjoyed a lengthy career on the European Tour with 13 top-10 finishes, including finishing tied for third in the 2008 Irish Open and fourth in the 2003 Barclays Scottish Open. He has earned over two million euros in career earnings on the European Tour.
As a Jaguar: Murphy carded what was then the fifth-best season in school history, tying for 13th in the NCAA East Regional as a freshman with a 73.8 stroke average. He had five top-20 finishes his sophomore season.
Oliver Wilson, 2000-2003
As a Jaguar: Wilson put together one of the best careers in school history his senior year, earning four wins, 14 top-5s, and 30 top-20 results. He became the first three-time All-American in school history, and was the No. 1 ranked golfer in the nation for a two-week span before settling for a final ranking of No. 11. He competed in the Walker and Palmer Cups for Britain, winning both.
Henrik Norlander, 2008-2011
Norlander turned professional after playing the in the 2011 Palmer Cup, heading to the Challenge Tour where he notched three Top-23 finishes in his inaugural season.
In 2013, Norlander found his game, making 13 cuts on the PGA Tour and finishing 15th and 16th in back-to-back tournaments, the Zurich Classic and Wells Fargo Championship, and tacked on a 16th-place finish in the Wydham Championship.
He ran the gauntlet in the 2014 U.S. Open Qualifying, winning his sectional to earn a place in his first major tournament. His opening-round 70 placed him in the top 20 after round one.
Currently: Norlander’s 2014 Web.com season has seen him hit his stride. Besides qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open, he posted back-to-back top-10 finishes, including a T4 in the Nova Scotia Open, to sit 37th on the Money List.
As a Jaguar: Norlander was a three-time All-American, won four tournaments, and had a career stroke average below 72. He ended his career ranked 16th nationally.
James Heath, 2003
|Jamie Elson, 1999-2001
Elson has played in Europe ever since leaving Augusta, bouncing between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour throughout his professional career. He holed a 40-foot birdie putt to get his European Tour card for the 2012 season in qualifying, and promptly posted his highest-grossing finish to date: A second-place finish in the Joburg Open that netted him $149,500 Euros.
He won his only professional tournament, the 2003 Volvo Finnish Open on the Challenge Tour.
Currently: Elson had a bad run in the spring months, but broke through with a T6 finish in the Scottish Hydro Open in the end of June and earned his third made cut of the season two weeks later to rise to No. 70 in the Challenge Tour rankings.
As a Jaguar: Elson was named an All-American twice, once to the second-team and another to the third. He posted ten top-20s, eight top-10s and five top fives in his final year, including a tie for second at the NCAA Championships at Duke University Golf Club.
Following a solid Jaguar career, Wille turned professional and immediately found success by winning her first tournament, the Nordea Tour's Frontwalker Ladies Open. She sits ranked 11th on the Nordic Tour, and followed by playing in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship, where she missed advancing by three shots.
As a Jaguar: Wille enjoyed consistent play, notching double-digit top-20 finishes, including one victory and carding the second-lowest stroke play average score in school history. She helped the squad to two NCAA Postseason appearances, marking her as a building block for a program creating a strong national presence.
Wallace Booth, 2004-2007
He bounced back, however, winning the MarHall.com Scottish Classic on the EuroPro Tour in 2012 and making six cuts on the 2013 Challenge Tour in Europe, including a career-best tie for second in the Swiss Open.
Currently: After suffering injuries to cut
his 2013 Challenge Tour campaign short, Booth dropped back to the
EuroPro Tour, where he finished T-15 on The Eagle Orchid Scottish
Masters at the end of April.
Janne Kaske, 2006-2009
Currently: Kaske placed 6th on the EuroPro
Tour’s HotelPlanner.com Championship in mid-June, and sits
79th in the rankings.
Major Manning, 2003-2006
Mitch Krywulycz, 2007-2011
He finally broke through in 2013, winning The Sedgefield Classic in May for his first professional victory. He competed in the Web.com qualifying tournament and advanced to the final stage, but fell short of earning full status.
Currently: Krywulycz made his third and
fourth cuts of the year count big, placing T8 in the eGolf
Tour’s Southern Open before backing it up the next week with
a T5 in the Cabarrus Classic to move into the Top 60 – a big
deal, as the top 60 are invited to the year-end Million Dollar
| Jake Amos, 2008-2009
Amos took to the PGA EuroPro tour in 2011, posting back-to-back top-30 finishes in The Lingfield Golf Park Championship 2011 (T27) and Network Veka Classic (T28). He placed 15th in the first stage of Q-school before finishing 45th in the final stage.
As a Jaguar: Amos competed in the NCAA Championships in 2008, and helped lead his squad to a second-place finish in the NCAA East Regional. He notched his first career collegiate victory at the Mason Rudolph Invitational.
|Jay Haas, Jr., 1999-2003
Haas Jr. rode an up-and-down year in 2011, making five of nine cuts on the eGolf Tour. He earned a 25th place finish at the Bolle Classic at Sapona Country Club in June.
As a Jaguar: Haas enjoyed a run to the NCAA Championships in 2003, shooting a 9-over 236 in the Regionals to finish tied for 36th.
Carter Newman, 2007-11
Richard Johnson, 1991-1995
He retired from golf in 2010.
Taylor Smith, 1985-1986
He is best known for being disqualified in the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic for having the grips on his long putter too close together, breaking a little-known PGA Tour rule. The disqualification prevented him from playing in a playoff against Tiger Woods, giving Woods his second career victory.Smith passed away in 2007 at the age of 40 in his home in Texas, but will always be remembered for interjecting the phrase 'Can you believe it?' throughout conversation.
|David Park, 1995-1996
Park gave up playing on the European Tour in 2009, opting to become the charity executive of the Tour Players Foundation in 2009. His best major finish was 79th in the 2002 Open Championship, and he carded three wins, including the 1999 Compaq European Grand Prix by one shot over David Carter and Retief Goosen.
As a Jaguar: Park started his career hot, winning the Wolfpack Invitational and ended it just as well, winning the Palmetto Invitational and forcing the NCAA to choose between ASU and VCU for the final NCAA Tournament berth.
BBC story on giving up golf: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8082762.stm
(Name/Years at GRU)
Shannon Wilkerson, 2007-2009
Signed in 2009 as an eighth-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox, Wilkerson began his minor league career with the single-A Lowell Spinners, batting .264 in 31 games with 10 doubles, 11 RBI, and five stolen bases. He was promoted in 2012 to double-A Portland, and has earned the Red Sox ML Base Runner of the Month award three times since May 2012.
In 2014, he earned a brief call-up to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he played in 25 games.
Currently: Wilkerson was called up to Triple-A, hitting .234 with eight runs scored. He returned to Double-A Portland and has upped his hitting, going .317 in his past 10 games with five doubles and five runs scored.As a Jaguar: Wilkerson was the 2009 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, batting .441 with 24 HR and 82 RBI. He tacked on 17 doubles, seven triples, and 13 stolen bases to go along with a .502 on-base percentage for the campaign.
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