Georgia men’s basketball catches the music bug | Men’s Basketball

Georgia tailback Sony Michel is known largely as one half of what many consider to be college football’s most-talented running back duo.

But among his peers and those more familiar with the program, Michel has developed a reputation as a budding star in the rap game, going by the moniker ‘Flyguy2stackz.’

Of those who have given Michel’s music a listen include the members of the Georgia men’s basketball team — a group, like most basketball teams – that spends the majority of its time together listening to music, especially hip hop and rap.

“[Music] actually plays a pretty huge part,” junior forward Mike Edwards said. “Before the games, we’re always just listening to music. During warm ups, we’re listening to music. So I think it just influences and betters us and we like it.”

Thanks to Michel, the Georgia football team has a small discography of in-house music to choose from before practice in the locker room or even during warm ups prior to home games, which the Sanford Stadium sound crew has done on several occasions this season.

Meanwhile, the basketball team usually resorts to listening to the consensus favorite in the locker room: Future.

So if one of the Bulldog basketball players were to follow in the footsteps of Michel and release some music, who would it be?

Fifth-year senior Juwan Parker has been around the program longer than any other player, and he also happens to be college basketball’s most-educated player after earning a master’s degree in sport management this August.

The point being, he is the man with the answers when it comes to the hard-hitting questions.

“Derek [Ogbeide] would love for me to say him,” Parker said laughingly. “But most talented, as far as that goes would probably be Yante [Maten] or Jordan [Harris].”

Harris was indeed a popular answer among the Bulldogs when tasked with choosing a teammate most-likely to drop a mixtape. And as the sophomore from Iron City, Georgia, revealed, he might be receiving some help launching his career from Flyguy2stackz himself.

“Me and Sony, we actually plan on getting in the studio sometime soon,” Harris said. “We text and stuff about it all the time, I’ve just never had the time to. But he always asks me to come through and make some music with him, so hopefully it will be some day soon in the future.”

Harris can’t wait too long to make his move, though, if he wishes to be the basketball team’s equivalent of Michel.

Ogbeide has the chance to make a splash and rival Harris, as Parker alluded to, and he is not the only who see the potential. Freshman Nicolas Claxton and junior Mike Edwards brought up Ogbeide’s name as a potential new artist to watch for.

While Ogbeide downplayed the chances of hearing his voice on a track anytime soon, he did not deny the ability is there should he ever have a change of heart.

“I haven’t really put anything to paper in a long while,” Ogbeide said. “But I do dabble in the arts there. I could put something together if I wanted to.”



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