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Countdown to Tipoff: Jordan Usher Preview

The high motor forward should play a key role for Tech this season.

NCAA Basketball: Miami-Florida at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Forward | 6’7 | 213lbs. | Senior

2019-2020: 8.2PTS 4.4REB 2.1AST

In his second year as a Yellow Jacket, Jordan Usher enters this season full of confidence and looking to get Tech to their first NCAA tournament in over a decade. In fact, he was quoted earlier this week saying that the focus was not on making the tournament, but instead on what Tech’s seed would be. Originally from Atlanta and highly recruited out of high school, Usher committed to USC. However, after just one and a half seasons, he decided to transfer back home and join the Yellow Jackets. Due to his transfer, he was ineligible to play until Dec. 18. Meanwhile, Usher patiently watched until he got his chance to play, going on to start all 23 games after he became eligible. As the season went on, Jordan seemed to settle in more and more and his play became much more cohesive with the rest of the team. With a season under his belt, and an offseason of development, Usher should be in for a strong year.

On the court, Jordan is easy to spot. He is always in attack mode and plays with an aggressive downhill mentality. His scrappiness around the basket (both offensively and defensively) helps provide second chance points and keep possessions alive for the Jackets. Usher is quick and strong and uses that to his advantage to take defender’s off the dribble and get to the basket. Not the most accurate shooter, but someone who can hit an open shot when called upon, Jordan has been working this offseason to improve his three point shooting. Usher put a lot of work in during the offseason and wants to take his game to the next level in the final year of his college career.

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the graduation of James Banks, the Jackets are expected to put out some smaller lineups, which should push Moses Wright to the five and move Usher into the paint alongside him. With his size, strength, and motor, this move should not be one that causes him any issues.

All in all, Usher is poised to play a key role in the Yellow Jacket’s 2020-21 season, one that could be the breakthrough year Tech fans have been waiting for. His combination of on court contributions and senior leadership will be critical this year.

Check out some highlights from Jordan below.