Morning links: Gordon Hayward gets his own emoji; Matt Harpring selected for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The NBA has released custom player emojis for the NBA All-Star game Sunday night in New Orleans, and Gordon Hayward’s emoji looks exactly like, well, Gordon Hayward.

Matt Harpring selected for the Georgia State Sports Hall of Fame

Former longtime Jazz man and current color analyst Matt Harpring has been selected for the Georgia State Sports Hall of Fame. He will be honored — along with seven other inductees — on Feb. 25, in Macon, Georgia.

“A three-sport star at Marist School in Atlanta, Matt Harpring was named Mr. Georgia Basketball in 1994. After spurning numerous college football offers, Harpring decided to play basketball for coach Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech. He joined Mark Price as the only two Georgia Tech players to be named all-ACC for three years, and his number “15” was retired by the school during the final home game of his senior year. He finished his career as the second leading scorer and third leading rebounder in Georgia Tech history, and he is widely considered one of the hardest working players in college basketball history,” said the press release.

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