Georgia Tech Basketball Impresses in Early Exhibition

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Georgia Tech faced Young Harris last Friday in an exhibition match up. The Jackets ran away with the game early, but fans got a great look at what to expect for the upcoming season.

This exhibition game was such a great idea. The ability for these guys to go out and play a quality 40 minute scrimmage was something that might really kick start this season for this team. There are still a lot of questions to be answered and I will be answering everything throughout the week, but here are the notes from the game.

Starters- Marcus Georges-Hunt, Robert Carter Jr., Daniel Miller, COrey Heyward, Trae Golden

First Half:

  • Trae Golden started at PG and I expect this for the entire season.
  • The Jackets have the ability to play great help defense, especially on picks.
  • Solomon played PG some, but reminds me a lot of Mfon. At times he is a great creator, however there is some serious risk involved with his game right now.
  • The guards did a great job getting the ball down low to our post players.
  • We need to work on defensive rebounding and transition defense
  • Marcus Georges-Hunt is playing on such a high level right now. This is great to see before the season even starts!
  • The new stress in the "hand check" foul is evident in play, especially early in the game around the perimeter
  • Trae has the ability to also drive to the basket
  • Halftime Score- 52-26
  • At half: 19 Points from Bench, 24 Points in Paint, 12 Points off Turnovers, 9 2nd Chance Points

Second Half:

  • Struggled finding the open man on offense
  • Kam was great on the offensive boards
  • Travis is quick in his dribble to get to the basket
  • Solomon was playing quite selfish at times- unfamiliar with the offense?
  • Need to find our reliable #2 PG who can take care of the ball- Corey, Travis and Solo struggled
  • Stacey and Quinton have potential to have a big year
  • BROOKS DOYLE FOR 3!!!
  • Final- 90-53 Jackets Win

My Evaluation:

Good:

1. Post Presence

2. Feeding the ball down low from the guards

3. Inbounds Defense- caused a time out and two turnovers

4. Marcus and Robert have really been working hard this offseason to make themselves even better

5. Blocks

6. We have the opportunity to play a few different schemes this season. ("4 guard" or a "bigs" line up)- we have 11 players that can ALL play significant time right now.

Bad:

1. Defensive Rebounds

2. PG ball security

3. Offensive flow

So what did you think of the first game? Do you want to know anything about the team? Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I will be having a few articles throughout the week to get ready for the opener, but if you want to see anything specific please feel free to ask.

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