#45 Georgia Tech Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #45
Conference Rank: #7 ACC
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Georgia Tech reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Coach Josh Pastner took over the program to the NIT. Now the Yellow Jackets will look to continue that success. However, Georgia Tech lost their top two scorers in Moses Wright and Jose Alvardo. That leaves some holes for Coach Pastner to fill and a few questions for the team to answer before they can reach another NCAA Tournament.
2020-21 Record: 17-9, 11-6
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Josh Pastner
Coach Record: 82-75 at Georgia Tech, 249-148 overall
Key Departed Players:
Moses Wright, Forward, 17.4 ppg
Jose Alvarado, Guard, 15.2 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Michael Devoe, Senior, Guard, 15.0 ppg
Jordan Usher, Senior, Guard/Forward, 11.6 ppg
Bubba Parham, Senior, Guard, 6.7 ppg
Khalid Moore, Senior, Forward, 4.8 ppg
Kyle Sturdivant, Junior, Guard, 3.5 ppg
Tristan Maxwell, Sophomore, Guard, 3.0 ppg
Rodney Howard, Junior, Center, 1.6 ppg
Saba Gigiberia, Sophomore, Center, 1.1 ppg
Key New Players:
Deebo Coleman, Freshman, Guard
Brayden Daniels, Freshman, Guard
Jermontae Hill, Freshman, Forward
Miles Kelly, Freshman, Guard
Jalon Moore, Freshman, Forward
Deivon Smith, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Mississippi State
Michael Devoe and Jordan Usher were both double digit scorers last season. Devoe is a great outside shooter and connected on 40.0 percent of his 145 attempts from beyond the arc last season. He also dished out 3.3 assists and grabbed 4.3 rebounds. Usher is a big 6-7 wing who can do a bit of everything. He averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals. With a little more consistency from long range, Usher will be tough to defend. Bubba Parham was not asked to do much scoring last season, but he started 14 games and is a good glue guy. Kyle Sturdivant and Tristan Maxwell, who played in just one game as a freshman due to an injury, will add more scoring threats to the backcourt. The top incoming freshman, Dallan Coleman, is another big guard who can score in a variety of ways and Coach Pastner has also brought in Mississippi State transfer Deivon Smith. It is in the frontcourt where Georgia Tech really needs players to step up. Khalid Moore has been a part-time starter for the Yellow Jackets for the last three years and should step into a larger role in 2021-2022. Rodney Howard and Saba Gigiberia are the only players on the roster over 6-8, but neither have seen much playing time. Georgia Tech will play small, but they can be successful doing that. Somebody will have to at least hit the glass effectively to help cover for the 8.0 rebounds per game lost with Wright. If that happens, the Yellow Jackets should be in good shape to remain competitive in the ACC.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.9 (79th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 70.0 (169, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.7 (27, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 45.9 (278, 13)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4 (162, 10)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.8 (119, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.6 (111, 7)
Rebound Margin: -4.0 (294, 15)
Assists Per Game: 15.8 (34, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.2 (39, 3)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#56 Deebo Coleman
#109 Miles Kelly
#157 Jalon Moore