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Technical Tidbits 5/4: Looking at Potential Transfer Portal Pickups

Post player? Guard player? Take your pick

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

Jose Perez made a big impact on Gardner-Webb in his two seasons with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Perez averaged just over 15 points his freshman and sophomore years, but at the end of the 2019-20 season decided that it was time for a change. Georgia Tech has pursued the Bronx, NY native since he announced his intent to transfer in April. Perez will have two seasons of eligibility at his new school, but will have to sit out for one season. This would give Perez time to advance his game by learning from one of the best guards in the ACC, Jose Alvarado.

While Perez would be a great get for the Jackets, Tech is looking at one other player to fill the team’s last scholarship. Olivier Sarr, a post player at Wake Forest, announced his transfer after the firing of Danny Manning last month. Sarr was named Third-Team All ACC for averaging 13.7 points with 9 rebounds in the 2019-20 season. The Jackets do have Moses Wright returning in the post, but other than that the situation is pretty sparse. The other big men include Khalid Moore, who has played inconsistently throughout his career, along with Jordan Meka and Saba Gigiberia, who are incoming freshmen. Hopefully, Josh Pastner will be able to lock up one of the two between Perez and Sarr, they could have great careers on the Flats.

DT Cameron Ball has been a top target of Geoff Collins for the entire 2021 recruiting cycle, and Ball’s words in the article above are promising for Tech fans. Georgia Tech was one of the “four schools that stood out to Ball,” the others being Arizona State, Arkansas, and Minnesota. The fact that Ball is from the Atlanta area and visited Tech multiple times before COVID-19 induced recruiting restrictions went into effect really helps the Jackets with his recruitment. Ball would be a huge help at a major position of need if he decides to come to the Flats.

There’s a lot to unpack from this article. I had no idea that Bobby Cremins left Tech for South Carolina in 1993. I also had no idea that he came back after just a few days with the Gamecocks. This was a very interesting look into Cremins’ thought process during this time. The way the article portrays it, he was going through some difficult stuff while flip-flopping between South Carolina and Georgia Tech. What an insightful read.

If you were in the Atlanta area over the weekend, I really hope you got a chance to see the Blue Angels/Thunderbird flyover (while maintaining a good social distance). Stay strong, everyone!

Question of the Day: What did you think about the Cremins story?