This page is designed to keep Jaguar fans updated on former athletes and their latest achievements. Those currently playing professionally feature a “Currently” section in their bio, which is updated often. Players without the “Currently” section are no longer playing professionally.
(Name, Years at Augusta University)
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Kavossy Franklin, 1998-1999
Franklin began his professional career with the Sydney Kings of Australia’s NBL in 2003, winning the NBL Championship that season. He bounced around the NBL for three seasons before his 2007-08 campaign ended with a nomination as All-NBL Third Team as part of the Wollongong Hawks.
As a Jaguar: Franklin averaged 20 points and 5.4 rebounds, nailing 40 percent of three pointers. He was named PBC Conference Player of the Year and Daktronics All-Region First-Team.
|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. His physicality aided Perth to the 2014 NLB Championship as Hire tallied nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists.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.
Ben Madgen, 2007-2010
Madgen went straight to Australia’s Sydney Kings of the NBL out of college and has risen up the league ranks ever since. As a rookie in 2010-11, Madgen averaged 10 points and three rebounds a contest en route to winning the NBL Rookie of the Year award.
He did one better in the 2012-13 season, leading the league in scoring while finishing second in Most Valuable Player voting and earning All-NBL First Team honor. He was elected to the national squad in the offseason.
As a Jaguar: Madgen compiled an astounding career that saw a national title game appearance and three straight Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He ended his college career as the all-time leading scorer in the Peach Belt Conference and held the title until 2017. He is only one of two players in PBC history to break 2,000 career points and he was the second player ever named All-Conference all four years.
His No. 1 jersey was retired March 3, 2010 in a ceremony before a first round game against Armstrong Atlantic in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
|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.
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.
Devonte Thomas, 2011-2015
Thomas wrapped up his senior year in Augusta in 2015 and signed to played professionally in Domžale, Slovenia for KK Lastovka Domžale. He played in Slovenia for five months before heading to Castelnovo ne' Monti, Italy to compete with LG Basket. Thomas led LG Basket with 18.5 points per game and shot 41.2 percent from three-point land to guide the team to a 2017 Serie C league Silver Championship.
As a Jaguar: A four-year starter for the Jaguars from 2011-2015, Thomas averaged double-figure points for his career and ranks third all-time for Augusta with 258 three pointers and 17th with 1,289 points. The Jaguars reached two NCAA Regionals and four PBC Tournaments during his tenure.
Devon Wright-Nelson, 2010-2015
After graduation, Wright-Nelson signed to play for Valentino Basket Castellaneta in Castellaneta, Italy in July 2016. In the 2016-17 season, Wright-Nelson led his team in scoring and posted double-figure points in every contest. He ranked top 10 in scoring in his rookie season with the team.
As a Jaguar: Wright-Nelson graduated in 2015 and was a four-year starter for Augusta from 2010-2015. He ranks 11th all-time with 660 rebounds, 16th with 1,308 points, and 39th with 74 three points. He was a two-time Peach Belt All-Conference selection and helped the Jaguars reach two NCAA Regionals and four PBC Tournaments during his tenure. Wright-Nelson was named the 2012 PBC Freshman of the Year.
(Name/Years at School)
Note: There are multiple levels of tours. The PGA Tour and European Tour are both top-level tours with tournaments in different regions of the world, and professionals strive to become a member of one (or both) tours. Beneath the PGA Tour is the Web.com tour, and under that is the eGolf Tour. Beneath the European Tour is the Challenge Tour, and under that is the EuroPro Tour. We hope this helps you better understand!
|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.
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.
|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.
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.
Taylor Floyd, 2008-12
Floyd spent 2013 and 2014 on the eGolf Tour, finishing the 2013 year with four consecutive top-eight finishes. He advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Web.com Tour.
As a Jaguar: Floyd battled the flu and tough competition to a 1-1-1 record in the NCAA National Championship, helping the Jags to their first National Title. He went on to become the squad’s No. 1 option his senior season, posting a T-3 finish in their home event before turning pro.
|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.
|| James Heath, 2003
Heath earned his first European Tour card for the 2007 season, making 11 cuts and finishing in a tie for fourth in the TCL Classic. He suffered a setback and dropped back down to the Challenge Tour in 2008, but in 2013 broke through again, winning the second qualifying stage and placing 12th in the final to earn his second full Tour card.
As a Jaguar: Heath tied for seventh individually at the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in 2003 in his lone season here, and finished tied for 42nd in the NCAA Championships.
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.
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.
Richard Johnson, 1991-1995
He retired from golf in 2010.
Janne Kaske, 2006-2009
|Casey Kennedy, 2010-14
Casey Kennedy announced she would go pro in 2014. After battling through her first year on the Symetra Tour, Kennedy qualified and earned full-tour status on the Symetra Tour after stage three of qualifying. Kennedy is working towards full LPGA tour status.
As a Jaguar: Casey Kennedy competed for the Jaguars from 2010-2014. Kennedy recorded 123 rounds in 43 events played as a Jaguar, with a 74.66 average score. Kennedy shot in the 60s eight times during her tenure, carded par or better 31 times, and won three overall events.
Daughter of William and Ann Kennedy, Casey has four siblings: Christine, Katie, Blair, and Brent. She was born on August 19, 1991 in Maryland.
Mitch Krywulycz, 2007-2011
Krywulvcz grabbed two top-20 finishes in his first season on the eGolf Tour before landing consecutive top-five placements in 2012.
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.
As a Jaguar: Krywulvcz was a key member in winning back-to-back National Championships, scoring victories in both championship matches, including the down-to-the-wire clincher in 2010.http://tarheel.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/tarheel13/event/tarheel1319/contest/4/profile/mkrywulycz7/tresults.htm?statl=tarheel14
|Major Manning, 2003-2006
Manning finished a career-best tied for fifth at the South Georgia Classic in 2011 on what was then known as the Nationwide Tour, and placed 103rd on the Tour money list. He ranked 12th on the tour in driving distance that year,
As a Jaguar: Manning earned two All-American selections and shooting an eight-under 208 in the NCAA West Regional. He was the round one clubhouse leader at the 2005 NCAA Championships before finishing fourth individually.
|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.
Murphy retired in 2013.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.
|Carter Newman, 2007-11
Newman struggled initially on the eGolf Tour, failing to make the cut in his first two tournaments before roaring to a fifth-place finish in The Southern Open, shooting a 14-under 27. He carded three other top-50 finishes on the season before retiring from golf to focus on his family.
As a Jaguar: He was part of the back-to-back title teams, dominating in the 2011 final with a 7-and-5 victory after clinching ASU's spot in the final with an extra-hole victory in the semis.
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.
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.
|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
Patrick Reed, 2019-2011
Reed showed potential on Tour early, making the cut in two PGA Tour events before earning his Tour card in 2012 Q-school. He compiled a 3-0-1 record to lead the United States in the 2014 Ryder cup for points earned, and stood as the only American without a loss on his record once the competition was over. Reed also qualified for the year-end FedEx Cup.
In early 2015, Reed notched his fourth career PGA Tour victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, joining Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, and Phil Mickelson as the only golfers since 1991 to win four times before turning 25 years old.
He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to represent Team USA in Riode Janeiro, Brazil.
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.
Vaughn Taylor, 1996-1999
|Natalie Wille, 2009-13
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 went on to finish first in the Tour’s 2014 rankings.
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.
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.
(Name/Years at School)
Jason Bibee (1997) Ohio Valley Redcoats (Independent), 1998
Willie Carter (1998-99) Canton Crocodiles (Independent), 2000
Josh Corr (2000-01) Macon Peaches (Independent), 2003
Reggie Davis (1996) Arizona Diamondbacks, 1996
Chris Demons (2003-06) Toronto Blue Jays, 2008
Mitch Douglas (2000-02) Arizona Diamondbacks, 2002
David England (1992) Milwaukee Brewers, 1992
Hutch Evans (1998-01) Montgomery Wings (Independent), 2002
Fuzzy Floyd (1966) Pittsburgh Pirates, 1966
JuJu Foreman (1998-00) Arizona Diamondbacks, 2000
Will Foskey (2001) Atlanta Braves, 2002
Clint Hardy (2015-17) Traverse City Beach Bums, 2017
Chris Hodge (1990-93) Chillicothe Paints (Independent), 1993
Mark Hopkins (1981-84) Cleveland Indians, 1984
Rob Jackson (1990-92) Richmond Roosters (Independent), 1993
Roger Landress (1990-91) Milwaukee Brewers, 1992
Matt Morrison (1997-00) Ozark Patriots (Independent), 2002
Steve Padgett (1994-97) Richmond Roosters (Independent), 1998
Donnie Poteet (1983-86) LA Dodgers, 1985
Nick Rau (2015-16) Lincoln Saltdogs, 2016
Augie Rodriguez (2001-02) Selma Cloverleafs (Independent), 2003
Lee Sammons (1987-89) Oakland A's, 1989
Stephen Spragg (2005) Gary Southshore RailCats (Northern League), 2008
Tory Tarleton (1994-97) Richmond Roosters (Independent), 1998
Dustin Taylor (2003-07) Joliet Jack Hammers (Northern League), 2008
Cole Thompson (2015-16) Arizona Diamondbacks, 2016
David Whitfield (2007) Anderson Joe's (Independent), 2007
Shannon Wilkerson (2007-09) Boston Red Sox, 2009
Chuck Williams (1983-84) Atlanta Braves, 1984