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Countdown to Tipoff: Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe

The countdown is only at 12. Just TWELVE more days til tipoff. Today we preview the starting backcourt for the Jackets

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Jose Alvarado

Guard | 6’0 | 179lbs. | Junior

2018-2019: 12.5PTS 3.9REB 3.4AST

Jose Alvarado was the heart and soul of the Jackets last season, bringing energy and intensity every night. However, Jose’s sophomore season did bring some growing pains as he experienced the worst stretch of his short Georgia Tech career (4PPG on 17% shooting over 6 games). As we all knew, this was just a bump in the road for Alvarado. He quickly broke out of his slump and finished with 20 or more points in 3 of his last 7 games. Being able to break out of the slump was huge for Alvarado’s confidence and will allow him to be more successful moving forward. Fast forward to this season and Alvarado will continue to be the leader and floor general of this team. Fortunately, he wont get asked to do everything as Bubba Parham should be able to give Jose more rest than he has seen in his Georgia Tech career and help space the floor when they are playing together. This should result in an improved shooting percentage (39.2% in 2018-19) and an uptick in assists (3.4 in 2018-19). Jose will continue to bring strong defense to the Jackets and will look to push 2 steals a game in his junior year (1.8 in 2018-19).

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Michael Devoe

Guard | 6’5 | 193 lbs. | Sophomore

2018-2019: 9.7PTS 2.3REB 1.5AST

Michael Devoe was able to immediately produce in his freshman campaign. The long guard was able to showcase his array of talents: quick hands, long range shooting, smooth finishing in transition, and vision. Devoe’s effort on defense and quick hands resulted in 1.4 steals per game, which was good for second on the team behind Jose Alvarado. Although timid early in the season, Devoe finished 39.3% from behind the arc. What’s even more impressive is Devoe shot 43.8% from 3 in conference play. If Michael can pick up where he left off with his hot shooting in conference play, a 3-point tandem of Devoe and Parham could be lethal for the Jackets. Devoe should take a step forward in his sophomore year as he becomes a more confident scorer from distance and on the drive.