Georgia Tech Preview-Capsule
Last season: 21-16, lost in final of NIT.
Nickname: Yellow Jackets.
Coach: Josh Pastner.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who’s gone: G Josh Heath, F Quinton Stephens, G Corey Heyward, F Christian Matthews, F Kellen McCormick, G/F Jodan Price, F Rand Rowland.
Who’s back: G Josh Okogie is coming off a brilliant freshman season in which he averaged 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. C Ben Lammers (14.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and guard Tadric Jackson (12.1 ppg) provide senior leadership. G Justin Moore, who started 18 games, figures to play a much bigger role in his sophomore year.
Who’s new: Pastner whiffed on several high-profile prospects but landed four recruits. F Curtis Haywood II, G Jose Alvarado, F Moses Wright and F Evan Cole will all get a shot at significant playing time. Ditto for G Brandon Alston, who came aboard as a graduate transfer after playing two seasons at Lehigh.
The Skinny: After a much-better-than-expected showing in Pastner’s first season, the Yellow Jackets return their top three scorers and facing greater expectations. But it may be a little soon to expect a run at the NCAA Tournament. Pastner has yet to land a top-notch recruiting class and said all along that turning Georgia Tech around would be a multi-year process. But at least the Jackets are generating some excitement on campus after a long dry spell.