Peachtree Ridge's Heyward out for season at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory says guard Corey Heyward is expected to miss the 2012-13 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in a pickup game last week.

Heyward, a former standout at Peachtree Ridge High School, signed with Georgia Tech after spending one year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

Gregory said Monday Heyward tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on Thursday and will have surgery in the next two weeks. The recovery period usually takes up to a year.

Heyward enrolled at Georgia Tech for summer semester.

“In the short time that Corey has been a member of our team, he has made a positive impact on our program,” said Gregory, entering his second season as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. “His work ethic has produced positive results both in the classroom and on the court. We feel terrible about his injury, but it’s a temporary setback and we’ll be with him every step of the way back.”

The 6-1, 195-pound Heyward was named first-team all-state in Class AAAAA, and also was named Region 7-AAAAA Player of the Year, following a 2010-11 season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for Peachtree Ridge. At Hargrave, Heyward averaged 11 points, six rebounds and six assists, helping the Tigers to a 38-1 record and the championship game of the national prep school championship.