Jaguars in the Pros
(Name/Current Team/Current League/Years at ASU)
|Garrett Siler, Phoenix Suns, NBA,
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. 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.
At Augusta State, Siler led the Jags to three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances, and holds the NCAA record for career field goal percentage.
|Greg Hire, Perth Wildcats,
National Basketball League (Australia), 2009-2010
Hire plays for the Perth Wildcats in the NBL as a rotational player, averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game last season.
At Augusta State, 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.
Ben Madgen, Sydney Kings, National Basketball League
|Fred Brathwaite, Leipzig,
Currently plays professionally in Germany.
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, Ola Verde,
Bowman played professionally in Mexico.
At ASU, 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.
His number, 23, has been retired.
Kavossy Franklin, Harbour Heat, New Zealand
(Name/Current Tour/Years at ASU)
Vaughn Taylor, PGA Tour, 1996-1999
|Jamie Elson, European Tour,
In 2011, Elson netted a second place finish at the Joburg Open in Europe for his highest-paying finish to date, and had three top-10 finishes.
Elson has played in Europe for the past six years; he has accrued two second-place finishes and four top ten results overall. Elson has “made the money” in nearly half of his events, and won the 2003 Volvo Finnish Open while playing on the Challenge Tour.
In three seasons at Augusta State, 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.
Scott Jamieson, European Tour, 2002-2005
Oliver Wilson, European Tour, 2000-2003
Major Manning, Nationwide Tour, 2003-2006
Henrik Norlander, Challenge Tour, 2008-2011
Patrick Reed, 2010-2011
| Jake Amos, EuroPro Tour, 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 Jag, Amos competed in the NCAA Championships in 2008, and helped led Augusta State to a second-place finish in the NCAA East Regional. He notched his first career collegiate victory at the Mason Rudolph Invitational.
|Wallace Booth, Challenge Tour, 2004-2007
Booth suffered a shoulder injury in 2011, hampering his chance to build on a successful 2010 campaign that saw him win the First Qualifying State, Section C at Dundonald Links, and card a 281 (-3) for a 54th place finish in the Roma Golf Open 2010 Presented by REZZA.
As a Jag, Booth competed in back-to-back NCAA Regionals, and won the The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in 2007. He was named an All-American Scholar.
|James Heath, Challenge Tour, 2003
Heath moved up to the Challenge Tour in 2011 after winning the EuroPro Tour Championship the year before to qualify. He carded two top-10s in the Norweigan Challenge (sixth) and Scottish Hydro Challenge (eighth), with an eleventh-place finish at the M2M Russian Challenge Cup as well. He made the cut in 14 of 20 tournaments.
In one season at Augusta State, Heath tied for seventh individually at the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in 2003, and finished tied for 42nd in the NCAA Championships.
|Janne Kaske, Challenge Tour, 2006-2009
Kaske didn't play for most of 2011, entering the First Qualifying Stage Section A – Ebreichsdorf and finishing 50th.
At Augusta State, Kaske helped the Jaguars to a spot in the top-25, and won The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in 2009. He finished tied for 55th in the 2009 NCAA Regional.
Gary Murphy, European Tour, 1992-1994
|Jay Haas, Jr., eGolf Tour, 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 Jag, Haas enjoyed a run to the NCAA Championships in 2003, shooting a 9-over 236 in the Regionals to finish tied for 36th.
Mitch Krywulvcz, eGolf Tour, 2007-2011
Carter Newman, eGolf Tour, 2007-11
(Name/Current Team/Years Played at ASU)
|Shannon Wilkerson, Salem Red Sox,
Wilkerson spent last season playing high-A ball in Salem, batting .251 in 102 games with 10 homers and 39 RBI, scoring 54 runs along with 13 stolen bases.
Signed in 2009 as an eighth-round draft pick, 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.
At ASU, 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.
Minor League Baseball Stats
|Richard Johnson, PGA Tour,
Johnson won the Nationwide Tour money title in 2007, winning the Mark Christopher Charity Classic and Nationwide Championship. Made a hole-in-one on a 374-yard par four in the New Zealand Open, the second player in Nationwide Tour history to do so. His best finish on the PGA Tour was a tied for 27th at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
|Taylor Smith, PGA Tour,
Smith had a banner year in 1996, notching two top-five finishes. He is best known for being disqualified in a 1996 tournament for having the grips on his long putter too close together, breaking an little-known PGA Tour rule. The disqualification prevented him from playing in playoff against Tiger Woods. 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, Challenge Tour,
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 Reteif Goosen.
He started his ASU 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
|Gary Boodnikoff, NBL (Australia),
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 is regarded as one of the faces of the NBL, despite being hampered by leg injuries the past few seasons.
As a Jag, 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.