Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Where Are They Now?

Robert George Dryden was born on August 26, 1978, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dryden played his high school ball at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville. He experienced a growth spurt, and went from 6' 1" to 7' 1" during his time in high school. Dryden was recruited by the University of Georgia, and spent his first year, 1996/1997, as a red-shirt.

Dryden began to develop under Tubby Smith, but various injuries delayed his progress, including a stress fracture in 1997/1998, and a broken bone in his foot in the 1999/2000 season.

Dryden's career at Georgia took a somewhat strange twist after Tubby Smith left to coach at University of Kentucky. Dryden had a run-in with Coach Ron Jirsa, a former assistant coach who took over Tubby's spot as head coach. According to reports, Coach Jirsa came to Dryden and insisted that he change his major. Dryden refused, and he was dismissed by Coach Jirsa.

Dryden was re-instated after meetings were held with the University's academic support staff. However, Dryden's playing time under Jirsa was diminished.

Dryden averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds during his senior year, 2000/2001.

After leaving the University, Dryden played in the CBA in Canada. He later participated in camps held by the Philadelphia 76'er's and the Memphis Grizzlies, and played internationally for a period of time in Slovenia and China. More recently, Dryden played in the D-League in Fayetteville, N.C., and Los Angeles, California.

Dryden hung up his tennis shoes and started his own construction company, which does work in northern Florida and in southern Alabama. Robb currently lives in Panama City, Florida.

Robb Dryden


bigtuck said...

I remember when all that with Jirsa went down, I was in the College of Ag with Robb and had several classes with him. Glad to see he has done well for himself after playing some pro ball.

Get your degrees, kids!

DaugMan said...

Agree. That's one of the reasons why I like Felton-- because he insists on the classwork angle. That way, you can do something after basketball is over.

I think of Mike Mercer, and I hope that he recovers. However, if things don't work out and if he can't play basketball professionally, I would like to see him move ahead, keep his head up and get his degree.