Now that the basketball season has come and gone, it’s time to look at a few players who have NBA potential on Tech’s roster. Brian Gregory has done a tremendous job of bringing in talent in his first two years on the job, which makes these posts easy. The third player we’ll take a look at is Robert Carter.
According to the GT Men’s Basketball Twitter account, Mfon Udofia will play in the Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game on Friday at 5 P.M. at the Georgia Dome. It is free admission for fans, so it should be worth the drive to see him play. In recent years, Lavoy Allen, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Goudelock, Kenneth Faried, Robert Sacre, and Jae Crowder have all competed in the all-star game. Continue reading
Now that the basketball season has come and gone, it’s time to look at a few players who have NBA potential on Tech’s roster. Brian Gregory has done a tremendous job of bringing in talent in his first two years on the job, which makes these posts easy. The second player we’ll take a look at is Marcus Georges-Hunt.
Now that the basketball season has come and gone, it’s time to look at a few players who have NBA potential on Tech’s roster. Brian Gregory has done a tremendous job of bringing in talent in his first two years on the job, which makes these posts easy. The first player we’ll take a look at is Solomon Poole. Continue reading
Now that the 2012-2013 season is over, Mfon Udofia and Pierre Jordan will be leaving the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team. Losing both players leaves a hole at PG for Brian Gregory going into next season. Most expect the rising sophomore Solomon Poole to take over starting duties next season, especially considering his competition will be two freshmen, one of which is coming off a torn ACL. Poole was an ESPN 100 recruit who had the athleticism and flash in high school to earn a national Top 10 PG ranking. Regardless of potential however, he is going to have to earn the starting spot at PG, which won’t be as easy as he’d like it to be. Here’s why.
After joining the team in December last season, Poole received some immediate playing time. He had to make a transition from high school to college in the same season, which is an extremely difficult task. He showed his inexperience at times last season by rushing shots and throwing soft passes. He has the athletic ability to dominate Division 1 basketball, but he will need an entire offseason to practice with the team and adjust to the speed of the college game. I expect him to make the adjustment, but he is still an unproven player and he will have some competition this fall. Here’s a little reminder of Poole’s potential.
The biggest question mark heading into next season in my mind is clearly Corey Heyward and his abilities. Heyward came to Tech as a lightly recruited prospect from Gwinnett County and unfortunately tore his ACL before last season started. We have not yet had a chance to see him play, but from what I have read, he is a physical point guard who can run the team offensively. His scouting report sounds like he has some potential as a very good distributor, but I can’t see him starting for Tech. He will be a nice change of pace PG for Tech off the bench next year, assuming he can play with the mentality he had before the ACL injury.
Here’s where the PG competition gets interesting next year. Travis Jorgensen is our newest commit after he decommited from Missouri. He’s a 6′, 170 lb PG who understands how to get teammates open and can get into the lane. He has excellent ball handling ability, body control on layups, and makes very good passes. He also possesses a consistent 3 point shot, which helps his drives by keeping defenders honest. He has a lower grade because he is small and lacks the athleticism of players like Poole, but he has a very high basketball IQ, which I believe will get him playing time next year. He’s the type of player who can come in and be a real PG who distributes the ball to his teammates and should rack up the assists. Here’s a video of his from high school.
Last year Mfon Udofia was able to score the ball when he got hot, but was never really able to create shots for his teammates. This consistently caused Tech’s offense to stall and rely on 3’s to score points. I don’t see that ever being an issue with Jorgensen because he can get into the lane and score or kick out to open teammates. Given his size, he will have a tough time playing defense at the college level, especially given the competition he played against in Missouri. If he can be serviceable in that category, then he should do fine with Miller and Carter backing him up.
All in all, Gregory knows how to coach this team defensively and they did a great job last year. However, he has had Udofia running the point for the last two years, which wasn’t the best option for his offense. Now he has three young players who all have completely different styles, which means one of them should be able to come in and produce immediately. Expect Poole to start next year, but if he doesn’t develop like we hope he will, then I thoroughly expect Jorgensen to take over and make an impact. I really like the future we have with our PGs, but I don’t think Poole will run away with the job like most fans think. Jorgensen and Heyward will make it tough on him, pushing him to play like he has everything to lose. The competition this fall should ultimately determine which player has what it takes to be the PG of the future for Georgia Tech.