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Georgia Tech Basketball: Player Previews - Josh Heath

Today we look at one of the other options at point guard.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Recruitment

Coming out of Tampa Preparatory High School in Tampa, Fla. Josh Heath was an unranked point guard who committed to the University of South Florida in order to play for his dad, Stan Heath.

In high school, Heath was a good point guard, who finished as a two-time all-state performer. In his senior season, he led Tampa Prep to a 27-3 record and Heath had a pretty good season too, averaging 11.9 points, six assists and two steals per game.

He played one season at South Florida that was originally meant to be a redshirt season before guard Anthony Collins got hurt. Heath played in the final 17 games of the season and ended up starting the last four of those. He wasn't much of a scorer, only averaging 2.6 points per game, but he led the Bulls with 3.6 assists per game.

Following his freshman season, Heath decided to transfer from USF after his father was fired as the head coach. Instead of following him to Boston College (where he's an assistant now), Heath decided to transfer to Georgia Tech.

History

Last season for the Yellow Jackets, Heath split time with Travis Jorgenson as the point guard for the team, but spent most of his season coming off the bench. His first two starts were two of his best games last season. He scored seven and nine points against Alabama A&M and IPFW, respectively, while also getting seven assists in each game.

Heath also managed two double-digit scoring games, both off the bench. Against Northwestern, Heath posted 12 points and five assists, and against Clemson he put up 14 points.

Heath finished the season shooting 41.2 percent from the floor and averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.

This Year

Josh Heath was able to join the Yellow Jackets for their three-game series in the Bahamas and shot 52.9 percent from the floor for 6.3 points and four assists per game. Against the Atlantis All-Stars, Heath was 5-of-6 for 10 points.

This season for the Jackets, it looks like Josh Heath will be serving a similar role to that of last year: providing some solid depth on the bench behind Travis Jorgenson and an occasional spot start. He should also provide some motivation for Jorgenson to work harder to keep the starting job, because Heath, I think, works hard enough that he could take that job from him.