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Georgia Tech Basketball: Player Preview - Rand Rowland

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Georgia Tech has nine big men who will man the frontcourt for the 2015-2016 season. Today we will look at another long and athletic forward who will help the team this year.

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As basketball season approaches, we at FTRS will be breaking down the team player by player. Today, we take a look at Rand Rowland.

Recruitment

Though junior forward Rand Rowland had a few opportunities to play basketball in college, he decided to walk on at Georgia Tech for the 2013-2014 season. Rowland was long and versatile. He was rated as a 2-star recruit coming out of White County High School in Cleveland, GA.

History

Rowland did not dress with the Yellow Jackets his freshman year.

In the 2014-2015 season, Rowland worked primarily with the Tech forwards gaining valuable practice time and providing decent looks of the opposition when needed. The junior made his only appearance in a 70-57 win over Appalachian State. Rowland was a member of Coach Brian Gregory's "Iron Five" squad, which is essentially the scout team. At 6-foot-7 and 218 pounds, the junior provides athleticism and toughness to help his teammates grow and get better.

This Season

Rowland may have a difficult time expanding his role as far as getting more on-court minutes. Tech has a total of eight forwards, and will use three and four-guard sets at times.

Rowland's knowledge and athleticism make him tough to guard in practice and versatile to provide many different offensive and defensive looks. His knowledge of the game allows him to move inside and outside when needed. And he can run the oppositions' sets quickly, giving the starters a much better look.

Players like Rand Rowland are vital to producing a strong team and season. His strength is in his love for the game, Georgia Tech and helping his teammates get better. If the Jackets and Coach Gregory can be successful, it will be on the shoulders of players like Rowland.