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Countdown to Tipoff: Michael Devoe

How big of a leap forward can the sharpshooting combo guard take?

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Guard | 6’5 | 197lbs. | Junior

2019-2020: 16.0PTS 3.9REB 3.4AST

As a sophomore, Michael Devoe took a big step forward by improving significantly in every offensive metric, most notable of which was leading the team in scoring. He was also able to gain experience as a primary ball handler, featuring as Tech’s point guard in Jose Alvarado’s injury absence. The junior combo guard will look to build on an impressive season and push the Jackets toward a long awaited team goal: the NCAA Tournament. Devoe’s shooting and scoring will be needed to help a veteran group of Jackets achieve that goal.

Even more important to the Jacket’s success: Devoe’s health. In a recent interview, he discussed the sacrifice he and his teammates are making to attempt to avoid COVID outbreaks. Limiting potential interactions with those outside the team takes incredible discipline from a college student athlete. In addition, Mike mentioned how COVID could be seen in some ways as a blessing in disguise. The summer downtime has allowed Mike to get his body right and he claims to be feeling better than ever. That’s a strong statement from someone who was already one of the ACC’s top scorers and one of the nation’s top 3-point marksmen.

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

Georgia Tech has a versatile roster and with the graduation of James Banks, could opt to play smaller lineups more frequently. National pundits also expect play to be more open this year due to the nature of non-contact practice and less veteran teams not being able to gel on defense as quickly. Devoe could be poised to benefit from both as he excels at driving in transition and it could also lead to more open 3-pointers. Beyond his shooting ability, Mike has a knack for distributing the ball to his teammates and was 2nd on the team in assists. Additionally, Devoe isn't afraid of crashing the glass to secure boards, something that Pastner strongly emphasizes with his guards.

All things considered, Devoe will be heavily featured in Tech’s offensive game plan and will likely lead the Jackets in scoring again. The potential All-ACC player will play a huge role on whether or not the Jackets get over the hump and make the NCAA Tournament. Individually, if he can improve on his already impressive stats and percentages from last season, he will be well positioned to become the second Georgia Tech player under Pastner to be drafted in the NBA.

Check out some highlights from Mike below.