Nov 15, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Travis Jorgenson (10) steals the ball from Georgia Bulldogs guard Juwan Parker (3) during the first half at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Jorgenson can be a key for Georgia Tech basketball in 2014-15


In what looks to be a make or break type season for Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory, one of his recruits that has yet to see much in the way of minutes could be a key to bringing real success to the team. And that’s point guard, Travis Jorgenson.

Jorgenson entered as a freshman last season, and showed a lot of promise. He’s Gregory’s kind of players, with a lot of basketball IQ, and the ability to run the offense from the point as well as scoring on his own.

The 2013-14 season started off with Jorgenson being considered for about 25 minutes a game, and with a real shot at winning the starting point guard spot even as a freshman. But fate intervened, and in the second half of Tech’s fourth game of the season against Dayton, Jorgenson tore an ACL and was gone for the season.

The emergence of transfer Trae Golden as the team’s leader was a blessing, and without him the season may have been much worse, but with Golden now graduated, it’s going to be up to Jorgenson to step in and take over.

Rehab for the 6′, 177-pound guard has gone well reportedly, and he should be back at full strength once practices begin.

In watching Jorgenson during the Tech scrimmages and in the first few games of the season last year, it was obvious that he’s been well-coached and knows his role at the point. It’s rare anymore to see a young player make passes as crisply as Jorgenson does on a consistent basis, and he’s got the ability to penetrate to the hoop without getting out of control.

If Jorgenson can step in and begin to make things happen, both setting up his teammates and using his own quickness, he has an opportunity to become a dangerous player that teams will have to begin to plan around. If that happens, it will open up a lot more scoring chances for Robert Carter, Jr. and Marcus Georges-Hunt.

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