Despite Josh Okogie’s best efforts the Yellow Jackets dropped their fourth straight, this one to the #18 Clemson Tigers. It was a frustrating game that saw Tech’s offense stall for the entire middle of the game and the Tigers hit a bunch of deep threes. Josh Okogie led a late comeback that tied the game at 70 with 40 seconds left, but Clemson hit a clutch layup and Tech was unable to respond. Now they look forward to a home tilt against the intimidating Syracuse zone on Wednesday.
On Friday Tech officially announced the hire of their 10th and final coach, defensive line coach Jerome Riase. Riase comes from Wofford where defensive coordinator Nate Woody coached prior to his stint at Appalachian State (although it doesn’t seem that they ever actually coached together). In four seasons at Wofford he coached 8 linemen to All-Conference honors which is especially impressive considering they run a 3-4. Riase also has some recruiting connections in Ohio and DC. Could we see the return of #themigration? One can only hope.
So far at Georgia Tech Josh Pastner has showed a major preference towards a short bench. Currently he has Tech playing with a 7 man rotation. With Shembari Phillips sitting out for a year due to transfer rules and Justin Moore not dressing, that leaves Evan Cole, Moses Wright, and Sylvester Ogbonda on the bench. Pastner has changed their practice schedules to be more similar to that of a redshirt player, focusing on personal development rather than game preparation. Evan Cole and Moses Wright were both considered late risers who might need some time to adjust to ACC basketball, so this is not much surprise. Hopefully this change will put them in position to be major contributors next season.