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Technical Tidbits 8/12: Georgia Tech Basketball Plays Overseas

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Football takes a fun trip as well.

Virginia Tech v Georgia Tech Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

As expected, Michael Devoe has played a big part in the first two preseason games on the Jackets’ trip to Spain. The rising sophomore put up 14 points in the first game on the tour, and 13 in the second. Devoe came in as an offensive specialist last season, and put up some good numbers in the sluggish Tech offense. He averaged 9.7 points per game last season, but the more important number was his 39.3% three-point percentage. With the Jackets looking to put up more points and play at a faster pace than last year, that will be a helpful number if Devoe keeps it up.

As mentioned last week in the Tidbits, USC transfer Jordan Usher will not seek an immediate eligibility waiver and will begin playing in regular season games for the Jackets starting December 18th. It’s good that the Jackets went to Spain though, so Usher could get in some live reps against actual opponents, and figure out the tendencies of his teammates. Usher will be crucial to the Jackets’ success this season once he can actually play, so it’s great for him to have this opportunity, and to showcase his potential.

This article does a good job of setting realistic expectations for Georgia Tech Football’s offensive line this year. With many players recruited for the option, and therefore being undersized, the line will be a continual experiment throughout the year. It’s great, but also terrible that the season begins with Clemson, as the offensive line (and whole team) will be thrown to the fire, but the game will also be out of the way early.

Brenton Cox will not be joining the Jackets, as he has committed to Florida last week. However, another transfer could be in the works for the Collins & co., safety from Notre Dame Derrik Allen. Allen graduated from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, and did not play at all last season for the Fighting Irish. The former four-star recruit came out of high school ranked as the number 106 recruit in the nation, and the number nine safety. This would be a big add for Tech if Allen does decide to put on a different shade of gold.

Starting the NFL season, only two former Jackets are on the same team, Harrison Butker and Jeremiah Attaochu, who are on the Kansas City Chiefs. Shaq Mason and Demaryius Thomas are both on the New England Patriots, but Thomas was placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list in July, so that doesn’t really count. Here’s to a good season for all of the former Jackets!

I hope that the Jackets’ success in getting into amateur (and professional events) this summer will transfer to the college season this year. They have a great shot at the national championship, but need to step it up in big events.

Looks like the football team had fun at the water park yesterday. A great team bonding activity.

Question of the Day: How do you feel about the basketball team’s performance so far in Spain?