Headed into the 2014-15 basketball season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to be heavy in the backcourt, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Head coach Brian Gregory already had Chris Bolden, a versatile Marcus Georges-Hunt and Travis Jorgenson (who will be back from his knee injury) on the roster going into next season. Now the Jackets will be adding to that pool with 4-star recruit Tadric Jackson and University of South Florida transfer Josh Heath.
This is actually a good thing when you consider how thin the backcourt rotation looked after injuries to Jorgensen and Trae Golden had forced coach Gregory play Corey Heyward and even Ron Wamer far more minutes than he envisioned for them last season.
So depth in the backcourt is not a bad thing at all for the Jackets going into next season by any stretch of the imagination, and here is why.
We really don’t know how Travis Jorgensen is going to return after his knee injury. He was already damaged goods before he came to the Flats and the second knee injury is not helping his cause at all. He may be projected as the starting point guard for now, but according to some sources, 6-foot-2, guard, Tadric Jackson is supposed to be the real deal and could threaten for the starting point guard, or off-guard job as soon as he hits the campus.
Jackson promises to bring athleticism, strong ball-handling, and solid on-ball defense to the Tech backcourt. His first step is supposed to be vicious which is what is supposed to make him a threat to the shooting guard spot as well.
With Tadric Jackson being a decent combo guard recruit it makes you think about the inconsistent shooting that Tech got from Chris Bolden last season. His stroke was not up to snuff for the majority of last season. It might be possible that Jackson is a viable alternative to Bolden if need be. An alternative never hurt anyone especially the way that Bolden was casting up bricks last year.
Then you add into the mix South Florida transfer Josh Heath. Heath is a coach’s kid, son of Stan Heath who was canned at South Florida. Got to respect the family loyalty in wanting to leave the program after seeing daddy get dismissed, but the question is, will Gregory consider getting Heath a waiver so he can be available this season instead of having to sit out the required year that most transfers have to wait?
It would be smart for Gregory to get that waiver and bring in Heath this year because the bottom line is still going to be that Coach is still not going to know how Travis Jorgensen is going to respond to another knee setback. He surely does not know the learning curve of Tadric Jackson as a point guard or two-guard, and depth in the backcourt is not going to hurt this season with no veteran guards on the squad.
When you look at it, this is a good situation for the Jackets to be in. They are going to go from not having enough guards to having a boatload of backcourt talent to pick from. College hoops is a guard oriented game. Can’t be mad at this situation at all.
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