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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
2009-10 Record: 23-13
2009-10 ACC Record: 7-9
This past year, the Yellow Jackets had the best inside duo in the
ACC. Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors sparked the frontcourt like no other.
If you would have mixed them in with better guards, the Yellow
Jackets would have definitely went further than they did.
However, you can't be too mad at the Yellow Jackets. They were
able to reach 20 wins and a NCAA tournament berth. That is something that
hasn't been achieved since the 2006-07 season.
The Yellow Jacket returns only a few key players from last year’s
NCAA tournament run.
The most important return came from 6-foot-4 shooting guard Iman
Shumpert. He was the third-leading scorer on the team that was dominated by
Favors and Lawal.
They also returned Glen Rice the 6-foot-5 combo guard. He didn't
play a major role in the offense, but now with Favors and Lawal gone, Rice and
Shumpert can turn this into a great duo.
They also returned role players such as: Brian Oliver, Daniel
Miller, and Maurice Miller. All three of these players will need to step up and
make an impact.
Due to the fact that Favors and Lawal were so good down low, they
both left for the NBA draft. That left a huge hole in the frontcourt. Both of
them were the leading scorers and rebounders.
The Yellow Jackets powerful frontcourt is all but gone. No size
left behind because the 7-foot center Brad Sheehan also left.
D'Andre Bell and Zachery Peacock will definitely be
missed on the wings.
They provided the Yellow Jackets with
consistent energy and hustle on every possession. Their numbers
may not be up-to-par but they were great players that every team needs to be
The Yellow Jackets added 6-foot-5 wing threat Jason Morris.
Morris is a great wing player. He makes decisive cuts and stays
Morris is always looking to slam the ball down when he gets it
cutting to the basket.
Not only just cutting, but he is big time once he gets into the
open floor. He runs well in transition and should be on the highlight reel a
lot next season.
Morris has the ability to knock down the mid-range jumper and play
great defense. He blocks shot from the weak-side and also jumps passing lanes.
He moves well without the ball and doesn't need it in his hands to
Morris was a great addition but they really needed frontcourt
help. With the departures, the Yellow Jackets tallest player is 6-foot-6.
The Yellow Jackets had a very good squad last year but was still
unable to do anything because of poor guard play.
However, there guards now have more options but none in the
Georgia Tech has lost its powerful frontcourt and added no
recruits to curb that. This will definitely come back to haunt them
seeing that there tallest player is 6-foot-6.
If a grade was given out for you off-season work, the Yellow
Jackets would have the poorest grade.
They really need frontcourt help but were unable to get it. Morris
on the wing was a great addition, but with a small frontcourt, rebounds and
defense in the post is going to be hard to come by.
The under-sized frontcourt will have the Yellow Jackets going 110
percent every night. If they slack off once, they may give away a win.
Georgia Tech will definitely not be as good as they were
a year ago.
Written by DeAnte Mitchell
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