Born at nearby DeKalb Hospital, Gebereal “G” Baitey may have seemed destined to attend Emory University, but it was a trip to Atlanta during his senior year in high school to discus playing football at another college that helped make it a reality.
“Emory wasn’t really on my radar. Football was the sport I was more heavily recruited to play,” he recounted. With a deep interest in African-American history and studies, he took a trip to Atlanta to talk about playing football at Morehouse College, a historically black college. “While I was down there, Coach Z (Emory head men’s basketball coach Jason Zimmerman) told me to come by and talk to him. I found out about the program, how good the school was, and he talked about UAA championships, NCAA tournament appearances, and the guys on the team. He really sold me on the program and the school.”
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