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Georgia Tech's African-American Pioneers

Harvey Webb, Karl Binns paved the way for a number of early African-American stars

Several of the first African-American members of Georgia Tech’s basketball program who were on The Flats in the late 1960s and early 1970s visited The Flats, enjoyed the Yellow Jackets’ 63-57 victory over Miami last Saturday and were honored at halftime of the game.

The very first African-American member of our program, a member of the Georgia Tech freshman team under Coach Whack Hyder in 1967, came from Atlanta, Harvey Webb, while another Atlantan, Karl Binns, became the first African-American member of the Georgia Tech varsity team under Coach Hyder in 1971-72.

They opened the door for a number of star African-American players to come through the program during the middle to late 1970s under head coach Dwane Morrison, including Mike Martin, a 6-7 forward from Amarillo, Texas in the 1974-75 season, and a trio of all-Metro Conference athletes in 6-5 guard Sammy Drummer, 6-5 guard Tico Brown and 6-7 forward Lenny Horton, all of whom scored over 1,000 points.

 

Georgia Tech's African-American Pioneers

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