When you look at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Men’s Basketball team as they get set for the 2014-15 season to tipoff, the only thing that is certain is that Marcus Georges-Hunt is the leader of this team.
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He earns that distinction for the simple fact that he is the best player on the team. He has improved every year that he has played and that is one of the reasons why this year an All-ACC performance should be expected from him.
The 6-foot-5, 219 pound guard/forward, has averaged double-digit scoring in both of his seasons on The Flats.
In fact, out of the 64 games that he has participated in for the Yellow Jackets he has scored double figure points in 40 of them.
His current career averages sit at 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
Last year he raised his scoring average from 10.8 ppg to 11.7ppg and played more minutes as well going from 28.9 minutes per game to 31.2 minutes per game.
The one thing that barely rose in his stat line was his shot attempts which went from 9.3 in 2012-13 to 9.7 in 2013-14.
Nov 15, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard/forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) drives to the basket against Georgia Bulldogs guard J.J. Frazier (30) during the first half at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
But that was because the last couple of season there were other scoring options that needed to get their shots up on the team such as Trae Golden, Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr.
With those names gone from the squad either because of graduation or in Carter’s case transfer, the bulk of the scoring load should fall on Georges-Hunt in 2014-15.
This is a good thing for people who have watched the Yellow Jackets and in particular have paid close attention to Georges-Hunt’s development over the last couple of years.
Tech hoop fans may have felt that Marques Georges-Hunt needed to be a little more aggressive in the previous couple of seasons, though it is understandable that he should defer to the upperclassman on the team.
But this year’s edition of Georgia Tech is going to be led by him and they are going to either sink or swim by how well he plays offensively.
Is Marcus Georges-Hunt capable of putting up big numbers in 2014-15? Yes, he has the game to do it !
His mid-range game is decent and he gets to the rim very well. Last year he got to the free throw line a little bit more frequently averaging 4.1 shots from the charity stripe as compared to 2.9 in 2012-13.
He should have the ball in his hands even more this season and will probably get more isolation chances offensively to make something happen.
Marcus Georges-Hunt knows that this is the season where he is going to be looked at as the captain of the ship. He expects to have the ball in his hands a little bit more or, at least he insinuated it in this RamblinWreckTube video:
More ball-handling means more responsibility on offense, which means more points, which means more opportunities to create for teammates, which means a potential All-ACC season for Marcus Georges-Hunt.
He should clearly be the first option offensively and we should see his numbers go up in every category this season.
The only question is, “Will his improved game be able to help aid a Yellow Jackets team that is introducing a bunch of new players into Brian Gregory’s system to enough wins for recognition?”
If the Jackets are markedly improved in 2014-15, there is a pretty good chance that Georges-Hunt will have a great deal to do with that. That is why this season can be an All-ACC season for him.