Point Guard: Justin Moore (So.)
Moore is most likely going to be the starting point guard for the Yellow Jackets next season. While incoming freshman Jose Alvarado could potentially push for the starting job, Moore is more likely to get the nod due to experience. Despite not starting last season, Moore saw significant time coming off the bench for the Yellow Jackets.
Moore last season saw time in 34 games and averaged 18.8 minutes. Often splitting time with Josh Heath last season, Moore didn’t get to implant his imprint like Josh Okogie did last season. With that being said, Moore showed capabilities that could make him a pretty good point guard for the Jackets going forward.
At this time, Moore appears to be more of a pass-first point guard who has limited scoring abilities. Moore averaged just 4.4 points per game in his 18 minutes this season, a number Josh Pastner would like to see improvement in. With that bring said, if Jose Alvarado can show off his shooting abilities in the pre-season, he could potentially overtake Moore for the job.
Another potential scenario for Moore and Alvarado is a potential position battle early in the season. Either way, the Yellow Jackets will have a quality point guard duo in the 2017-18 season. With scorers such as Josh Okogie and Ben Lammers, Moore or Alvarado do not need to buy lights out shooters. A third and final player to potentially look at for the point guard position is rising senior Tadric Jackson.
The next position is shooting guard where a rising sophomore will be playing once again next season after an excellent freshman season.