It’s been an incredibly exciting season for Josh Pastner and the Georgia Tech basketball team, and things only got more exciting with the awards that were announced today!
Moses Wright Named ACC Player of the Year
First and foremost, we have to start here. Wright has played an incredible season and was rightfully recognized with being named ACC Player of the Year. He is the third person in Georgia Tech history to be named ACC Player of the Year, joining Mark Price in 1985 and Dennis Scott in 1990.
Wright ran away with the vote, earning 20 more votes than the second place earner. To add some perspective to Wright’s season, let me also leave this tidbit from the official press release:
Only eight Division I players since 1992-93 (and only one from a power conference program) have matched the averages that Wright has produced this season in the five categories of scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), assists (2.3 pg), blocked shots (1.6 pg) and steals (1.5 pg). He has logged seven double-doubles in points and rebounds, six of those in ACC games, and 10 games of 20 or more points.
Jose Alvarado Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Joining in the honors is Jose Alvarado, this year’s ACC Defensive Player of the Year! He is the second person in Georgia Tech history to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Ben Lammers in 2017.
Alvarado, the ACC leader in steals by a wide margin and author of some stout defensive efforts against some of the ACC’s top scorers, captured 35 of the 76 possible votes, out-distancing conference blocked-shot artists Jay Huff of Virginia and Manny Bates of NC State. Known on campus as the “Brooklyn Burglar,” Alvarado has averaged 3.1 steals per game in conference play this season, 2.9 in all games, and is on course to lead the ACC in steals for the second straight year, something not done since Chris Paul in 2004 and 2005. He also ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in scoring (15.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.512), free throw percentage (No. 1 at .881), assists (4.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.96).
— Georgia Tech Press Release
In addition to the individual honors, Wright and Alvarado were both named All-ACC. Wright was named to the first-team All-ACC team, while Alvarado was named to the second-team All-ACC team. Both were named to the All-ACC Defensive team, the first time Tech has ever had two players named to the team. Aside from those two, Michael Devoe received an honorable mention for the second year in a row.
Congratulations to the Men’s Basketball team!