Georgia Tech Basketball: Yellow Jackets Picked to Finish Toward Bottom of the ACC


ACC Basketball’s media day was today with the ACC preseason basketball poll as well as All-ACC team, Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year predictions being made public.

The preseason list for the All-ACC Team was as follows:

Marcus Paige North Carolina, (63 votes)

Montrezl Harrell Louisville,  (58 votes)

Jahlil Okafor  Duke, (57 votes)

Malcolm Brogdon  Virginia, (55 votes)

Jerian Grant Notre Dame, (26 votes)

UNC’s Marcus Paige was also named preseason “Player of the Year” with Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell finishing second in the voting, and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor was named preseason “Rookie of the Year”.

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As far as the preseason ACC rankings were concerned, all of the new faces and transfers that have come to play ball in The Flats this fall was still not enough to sway voters in the poll.

Georgia Tech is ranked 13th in the ACC preseason poll receiving 195 votes. The rankings looked like this after voting:

ACC Operation Basketball 2014-15 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. Duke (41): 935
2. North Carolina (12): 870
3. Louisville (3): 847
4. Virginia: 824 (7)
5. Syracuse: 706 (2)
6. Pitt: 592
7. Notre Dame: 515
8. Florida State: 506
9. NC State: 478
10. Miami: 442
11. Clemson: 330
12. Wake Forest: 221
13. Georgia Tech: 195
14. Boston College: 184
15. Virginia Tech: 155

Georgia Tech fans are used to seeing their sports teams get slighted in preseason polls this year when it comes to ACC Media Day.

The Yellow Jackets football team was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division going into this football season and they are currently in first place.

The Yellow Jackets have a lot of new faces and there is some question as to how fast they are going to be able to mesh together. Georgia Tech has a team that is good enough to finish ahead of Wake Forest, Clemson and Miami potentially.

The basketball court will ultimately decide if this poll is accurate.