The Jackets look to add more versatility in their future recruiting classes
Preview of today's inaugural game at McCamish Pavilion
Yellow Jackets host Tulane at 7 p.m. Friday
The men's basketball freshmen class has put in extra work in the weight room
A year of learning new system have Jackets feeling smarter and more cohesive
A 2011 all-state guard from Peachtree Ridge High School who signed with Morehead (Ky.) State out of high school, but elected to spend the 2011-12 academic year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Coaches like his character, toughness and competitiveness ... Sat out the 2012-13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in late June, had surgery in July ... Re-injured the knee and underwent a second surgery on Dec. 13.
First-team all-state in class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2011, and also was named Region 7 Player of the Year, following a 2010-11 season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for Peachtree Ridge High School ... The Lions finished the season as regional runners-up with a season record of 21-9 ... At Hargrave, he averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, helping the Tigers to a 38-1 record and the championship game of the national prep school championship ... Member of the National Honor Society, which he says is his most memorable non-athletic achievement.
Full name is Corey William Heyward ... Born August 29, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Son of Craig and Charlotte Heyward ... Father was the former NFL and University of Pittsburgh running back known as "Ironhead" who passed away in 2006 ... Has a brother, Cameron, who starred in football at Ohio State and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers ... Two younger siblings, Meagan and Connor ... Says he took basketball as his main sport around age 11watching his older brother play organized basketball ... Plans to study Business Administration.