Sports Illustrated released its projected top-100 scorers on Monday, and the list features a pair of familiar names from Josh Pastner’s team.
Georgia Tech is fresh off an impressive first season under its new head coach, and has landed two key players on a prominent preseason projection list.
The top 100 includes what Sports Illistrated has tabbed the “best nine conferences.” Their list of players draws from the following conferences: American, ACC, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC. According to SI, the list also includes West Coast Conference teams BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
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Rising sophomore Josh Okogie, who had 16.1 points-per-game in an outstanding freshman season, is projected by SI.com to average 17.7 a game in his second year. That puts the Snellville native at No. 19 on the top 100.
Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Ben Lammers just cracked to top 100 as well at No. 99. He is projected to match his 14.2 points-per-game average from last season.
Lammers and Okogie were both important parts of a successful regular season and NIT title game appearance from the Yellow Jackets to cap the 2016-17 season, and will likely have large roles for coach Pastner’s upcoming campaign.
Georgia Tech will tip off the upcoming season on Thursday, November 2 as they host NAIA Faulkner. The Jackets will then travel all the way to Shanghai, China to face UCLA on Friday, November 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Jackets won’t break into ACC play until Saturday, December 30 when Tech takes on Notre Dame in South Bend. Other season highlights for non-conference play include Tennessee and Georgia on the road and Northwestern and Yale at McCammish.