The Yellow Jackets haven't seen a freshman point guard this quick since Javaris Crittenton dropped per game averages of 14.4 and 5.8 back in the 2006-07 season. Crittenton would jet to the NBA after just one season in Midtown, and then quickly jet into off court issues but nevertheless his talent was real. There's some serious hype surrounding this kid but how much of it is just that, hype?
Measurables and background:
Travis Jorgenson attended Rock Bridge High School in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri until his senior year when he jumped to the New Hampton Preparatory School in New Hampton, New Hampshire.
New Hampton Prep is known for producing many collegiate stars like 2013 ACC Rookie of the Year Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, and Brady Morningstar, as well as some recent NBA talent like Darius Songaila, Rashad McCants, and 2014 first round NBA draft pick Noah Vonleh.
Jorgenson stands in at 6'0" and 177 lbs., but frankly in person he looks a couple of inches taller than that listed height.
Jorgenson tore his right ACL in the second half against Dayton, the fourth game of the season. He was able to redshirt having played so little before his season was abruptly ended, allowing him to remain a freshman for this upcoming season. In that short time, he averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game.
Role on this year's team:
Travis Jorgenson is one of most intriguing prospects on his team. His upside coupled with a serious lower body injury make him one of the most boom or bust members on this team to project. He has blazing fast speed with the ball in his hands, and his quick dribble makes him a menace to defenses. He can dribble effortlessly with either hand and can occasionally slither into the lane, even though he prefers to find his shot in the mid-range and farther out.
He also has a strong court vision and awareness to see a play developing and deliver the ball as the opening emerges in the halfcourt game as well as in transition. I imagine the team will endeavor to play quicker with their speed and lack of height and Jorgenson's ability to push the ball in transition needs to be a key catalyst. In addition, he move wells without the ball, should he be in the game with another ball handler.
One of his focuses in the time he spent recovering from his ACL tear was his shot mechanics. He was an accomplished three point shooter in high school, hitting about a third of his shots in his senior season and around 45% from long range in his sophomore and junior season, but it's always a difficult transfer to the next level going against longer and more athletic individuals.
Despite his ability to get free, it will be tough for him to finish in the lane. He doesn't have the body control in the air some of the others on the team possess and his size is a negative when trying to finish around of tree of large bodies in the paint. Also, due to his size, he won't ever be a lockdown perimeter defender. And it still remains to be seen if he fully trusts his ability to cut without re-injuring his knee. Still, Jorgenson should open the season as a starter be a modest contributor in scoring and assists at minimum. If he proves he's complete over his ACL tear, the team might really have something in Jorgenson.