It may be more of the same this year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets if the conference’s coaches are right.
The Jackets were picked to finish ninth in the first ACC men’s basketball poll released this week.
Last year the Jackets struggled, finishing tied for last in the ACC in a year that was punctuated by losses and turmoil. Despite the lukewarm opinion by his peers, head coach Brian Gregory says he is optimistic about the upcoming season.
Tech returns all five starters from last year’s team and added several freshman that have garnered some attention in early practices.
“I feel very positive about our guys’ attitudes and the way they want to be coached every day. We’re getting good leadership from our upperclassmen, and our freshmen know how to play the game.
They’re going to help us. We’ve just got to keep plugging along,” Gregory told reporters this week.
The team lost its leading scorer Glen Rice Jr., who was booted from the squad for discipline issues. To perform better than last year, someone on the squad will have to replace the 13 points a game and feisty defense off the bench that Rice provided.
“I think we averaged 60 points a game last year. At the same time, I think we’re going to be better defensively. But our defense is not one that gambles a lot, creates turnovers and easy baskets on the other end. We could play at a faster pace and be better offensively,” Gregory said.
The Jackets start the season on Nov. 9 against Tulane.
1. NC State
3. North Carolina
5. Florida State
9. Georgia Tech
10. Virginia Tech
11 Wake Forest
12. Boston College