Interesting article on hoopsters who head to the diamond to play beesball instead, with this mention of Austin Jackson:
Time will tell if Austin Jackson made the right choice. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt thought Jackson -- needed Jackson -- to be his starting point guard this past season. And Jackson expected to become just that, putting the word out to baseball scouts that he planned to play college basketball. That's why Jackson, an outfielder considered one of the 25 best high school prospects in the 2006 draft pool, slipped to the eighth round before being picked by the New York Yankees.
You know the Yankees -- they threw money at Jackson, and the skilled glove man that he is, Jackson caught it. He got a signing bonus of $800,000, a record for an eighth-rounder, and hit .304 in 2005 rookie ball. He's now in Single A Charleston, leading the South Atlantic League in runs scored. The Jackets were forced to play a mediocre shooting guard named Zam Fredrick at the point. The Jackets went 11-17.
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