There will be one big question that will stalk the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this season like a full court press.
Who will score the basketball?
The Yellow Jackets were offensively challenged last season to say the least. The team averaged 60.2 points a game. Tech finished 319th in scoring , out of 338 teams. To make matters worse Tech’s leading scorer last year, Glen Rice Jr., left the team after a troubled junior year.
Rice was the only double digit scorer on that team and also led the team in rebounding.
So who is going to lead the Yellow Jackets now?
Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory says he hopes his front court will step up. One of them is newcomer Robert Carter, a 6-8 freshman forward. Carter averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds his senior year in high school and was one of the nation’s top rated high school big men.
Carter will join Julian Royal, another 6-8 forward, as players who are looking for a big role. Royal is a sophomore who averaged about 4 points a game and 16 minutes a game. He told reporters recently that he is ready for more.
“Your whole freshman year you’re just getting ready. You’re trying to figure out how to do things and understand things,” Royal said. “I feel like I can contribute to this team more than I did last year.”
These two, along with returning starting big men Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey could give the Yellow Jackets the scoring bump the squad needs, Gregory said.
“Each can score around the basket, maybe a little differently, but can finish around the rim,” Gregory said.
The Yellow Jackets open up the regular season on November 9th against Tulane.