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BREAKING: Georgia Tech Lands VMI Transfer Bubba Parham

The Roanoke Times

Georgia Tech landed a big time transfer commit from VMI point guard, Bubba Parham. Parham will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2020-21 season and is a native of Snellville, Ga. Parham is an elite scorer as he averaged 21.4 points a game including a 24 point outburst at Kentucky in November where he drilled 10 threes. Parham shoots 40% from behind the arc, and is exactly what Pastner needs in his offense. We will likely have to wait a year to see him but this kid will put on a show when he gets on the court.

By: Bret Anderson

BREAKING: James Banks declares for NBA Draft

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Georgia Tech center James Banks declares for the 2019 NBA Draft. Banks is a junior transfer last season from Texas. He was named to the ACC’s All-Defensive team this past season and had a major role for the Jackets. Banks was a big part of the Jackets offense as he averaged 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He finished the season with a 56.4 shooting percentage. On the defensive side, he averaged 2.5 blocks. The good news for the Jackets is that he can return to school if things don’t go well with the NBA. If he does in fact get drafted, then this would be the second straight season that Pastner would lose a major contributor to the team.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Asanti Price Commits to Georgia Tech

Josh Pastner and his staff received some good news tonight as South Carolina guard Asanti Price committed to the Yellow Jackets. Price is a 6’5 shooting guard who is a guy that Josh Pastner really need. Many of Prices’ coaches have said that he has very good range especially from three point range which is something that the Jackets needed this past season. Price should be able to see a lot of playing time in his freshman year since guard Curtis Haywood II is transferring.

The likelihood of the Jackets having Jose Alvarado, Michael Devoe, and now Asanti Price on the court should have fans excited. This possible lineup could really help the Jackets turn things around in this upcoming season and maybe even help them return to the NCAA tournament.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Jackets Open ACC Tournament against the Fighting Irish

Georgia Tech finished the regular season with 2 straight wins including a major win on the road last Wednesday against NC State. With Miami losing to Virginia Tech last Friday, the Jackets secured the 10th seed in the ACC tournament. Today the Jackets will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to open up tournament play. The Jackets and Irish face each other twice during the regular season and split the series 1-1. The Jackets in both games struggled to stop Notre Dame’s big man John Mooney who is arguably the best player for the Irish. In the first game Mooney had 14 rebounds and 22 points. In the second game Mooney had 14 rebounds again, but had 11 points as he struggled to shoot the ball.

In order for the Jackets to have success, they need to continue to do what they have done in their last 2 games which was hitting their shots, keeping the turnovers low, and getting James Banks III involved. Banks had the game winning dunk on Wednesday to beat NC State. However, Banks isn’t the only one that has stepped up of late. Sophomore point guard Jose Alvarado has found his game after the slump he went through during the Jackets losing streak they had going on during the majority of conference play. The Jackets have also gotten solid production from sophomore forward Moses Wright, who has really helped the Jackets especially towards end of the regular season.

The Jackets will continue to look to get Banks involved early in the game and if they do it will open up opportunities for Alvarado and Michael Devoe who has had a good freshman season. Tipoff against Notre Dame is at 2:00 and follow @wreckhavocatl on twitter throughout the game.

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By:  Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

 

ACC Tourney Scenarios For Georgia Tech

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Georgia Tech capped off their regular season with a upset win win in Raleigh over NC State courtesy of a James Banks and 1 dunk with 1.4 left. By doing so, it leapfrogged Georgia Tech from 12th place to 10th place in the ACC standings. However, two teams that can determine who Georgia Tech plays in the ACC Tourney are Miami and Boston College who sit at 5-12 and in 11th and 12th in the standings. Miami travels to Blacksburg to take on the 15th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies and Boston College hosts NC State on Saturday.

Georgia Tech holds the head to head tie breaker with Boston College but do not own it with Miami. It is already guaranteed that Georgia Tech will play on Tuesday but they do not who they will play or what seed they will be. Here are the seeding scenarios for Georgia Tech and potential opening round opponents.

*Wake Forest(Plays @ FSU Saturday) owns tie breaker with Notre Dame*

Standings heading into Saturday

Georgia Tech 6-12 14-17
Boston College 5-12 14-15
Miami 5-12 13-16
Wake Forest 4-13 11-18
Notre Dame 3-14 13-17
Pittsburgh 2-15 12-18

Miami Wins and Boston College Loses. Wake Forest Wins and Pitt Beats Notre Dame

10 vs 15: Miami(10) vs Notre Dame(15)

11 vs 14: Georgia Tech(11) vs Pittsburgh(14)

12 vs 13: Boston College(12) vs Wake Forest(13)

Boston College Wins and Miami Loses. Wake Forest Loses and ND Beats Pitt.

OR

Miami and Boston College Lose. Wake Forest Loses and ND Beats Pitt

10 vs 15: Georgia Tech(10) vs Pittsburgh(15)

11 vs 14: Boston College(11) vs Notre Dame(14)

12 vs 13: Miami(12) vs Wake Forest(13)

Miami and Boston College Win. Wake Forest Loses and Pitt Beats ND.

Things get a little tricky here.  GT, Miami, and Boston College would each be tied at 6-12 and each team would also be 1-1 head to head with each other. It would then go to which team beat the higher team in the final rankings. In this case, Boston College would own a win over a would be ranked FSU team and Miami would have just beaten a ranked Virginia Tech team. FSU, since they just beat Virginia Tech last night, would be the higher ranked win This is UNOFFICIAL but it should look like this.

10 vs 15: Boston College(10) vs Notre Dame(15)

11 vs 14: Miami(11) vs Pittsburgh(14)

12 vs 13: Georgia Tech(12) vs Wake Forest(13)

The last scenario is obviously the worst scenario for Georgia Tech but it is also the most unlikely. Georgia Tech will either be the 10 or 11 seed in all likelihood and will face either Pittsburgh or Notre Dame, two teams that they beat in the regular season(1-1 vs Notre Dame).

Georgia Tech put themselves in a favorable spot with the big win in Raleigh, but we will wait and see what happens on Saturday to see how this all works out.

By: Bret Anderson

 

Jackets Travel to Raleigh to face Wolfpack

http://www.theintelligencer.com

Georgia Tech will finish off the regular season against the NC State Wolfpack tonight in Raleigh. The Jackets are coming off an overtime victory against Boston College on Sunday. Sophomore point guard Jose Alvarado had 21 points and shot 6 of 14 on the night. Freshman guard Michael Devoe also had a good night as he finished with 20 points and shot 8 of 17. Junior forward James Banks III was able to get involved as he had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Overall the Jackets finished shooting 51 percent and picked up their fifth ACC win on the season.

Tonight the Jackets will try to pick up one more win in the ACC and hopefully try to get a better seeding for the tournament. Jackets will have to try and shut down NC State’s senior guard Torin Dorn who averages 13.9 points per game. Dorn is also the team leader in rebounds as he averages 6.9 rebounds per game. Jackets will also need to try and stop sophomore forward DJ Funderburk who had a good game against Florida State where he scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds. On the season he averages 8.9 points per game and averages 4.2 rebounds per game.

As usual if the Jackets want to get a victory tonight, they need to hit their shots. Part of the reason why Tech beat Boston College was due to their good shooting. They also hit some key shots that really hurt Boston College whenever they got on a run. The Jackets will also need to keep the turnovers down. In the majority of the games the Jackets have won this season, they haven’t turnover the ball much and again that played a role in their victory against Boston College. Finally the Jackets will need to play good defense. Despite allowing Boston College to score 78 points, the Jackets made some big plays on the defensive end especially when sophomore guard Curtis Haywood had a big block to help force overtime on Sunday.

Tipoff against NC State is at 9:00 tonight. Follow @wreckhavocatl throughout the game on twitter.

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By:  Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599