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2018 Summer Hoops Refresh - Georgia Tech

Posted on August 7, 2018, in ACC by StLouHoo.

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2018 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

After a pleasantly surprising freshman campaign for head coach Josh Pastner in 2016-17, the wheels came off last year, dealing with recruiting scandals, player suspensions, injuries, and Pastner being accused of sexual assault. It ruined the senior campaign of star center Ben Lammers, and taking the shine off the Jackets' program. Does GT have any chance to bounce back this year?

Coach: Josh Pastner; 201-108 in 9 seasons overall, 34-35 (14-22) in 2 seasons at Georgia Tech.

2017-18 Record: Last season: 13-19 (6-12); ACCT 1st Round (13 seed); No postseason

2017-18 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 103.6 (197 of 351)

DRtg: 98.7 (61 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 96.1 (14 of 15)

DRtg: 104.8 (6 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

G Tadric Jackson (Grad)

G/F Josh Okogie (Pro)

C Ben Lammers (Grad)

18 G, 29 mpg, 11 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.4 topg, 31% 3p%

18 G, 37 mpg, 18 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 45 2p%, 36% 3p%

18 G, 36 mpg, 11 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.9 blkpg, 44% fg%

Key Returnees:

PG Jose Alvarado (So)

SG Brandon Alston (Grad)

G/F Curtis Haywood II (So)

PF Abdoulaye Gueye (RS Sr)

PF Moses Wright (So)

F/C Evan Cole (So)

F/C Sylvester Ogbonda (RS Jr)

12 G, 37 mpg, 10 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.9 topg, 39% 3p%

18 G, 23 mpg, 5 ppg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 topg, 30% 3p%

 6 G, 20 mpg, 2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0 2p%, 20% 3p%

18 G, 22 mpg, 7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 blkpg, 50% fg%

11 G, 16 mpg, 3 ppg, 3 rpg, 0.5 blkpg, 25% fg%

13 G, 16 mpg, 4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.5 blkpg, 51% fg%

6 G, 2 mpg,  Not a significant contributor

Key Additions:

G Mike DeVoe (4* Fr)

SF Khalid Moore (4* Fr)

PF Kristian Sjolund (4* Fr)

 

 ** Statistics from ACC play. Projected starters in bold

 

2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away: Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech 
Home Only: Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt, Wake Forest 
Away Only: Duke, Miami, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia 

 

Outlook:

It's a full-on youth movement in Atlanta this year. Gone are last year's three best players in Okogie, Jackson, and Lammers, with only Alvarado coming back as a proven starter. There are some nice young pieces on this roster, to be sure, with Alvarado only entering his sophomore year, and a solidly-ranked 2018 recruiting class arriving on campus in DeVoe, Moore, and the Scandinavian stretch-4 Sjolund. The future could be bright. For this year, however, the prospects are bleak. They've only got 10 players on scholarship, 7 of them true sophomores or freshmen, and only five of them any good as backcourt options. This is most likely going to be a learning year with the underclassmen taking a lot of lumps. I might even expect some of the freshmen to challenge for starting jobs, as neither Alston nor Haywood have done much to prove they're ACC-worthy yet. The hope is that, at a minimum, this team (players and coaches alike) can at least avoid the off-the-court distractions that plagued the program last year, allowing some stability to return to the program with an eye towards these youngsters breaking out next year.

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