Georgia Tech Basketball: Jackets to receive visit from grad transfer

The Georgia Tech basketball team will be receiving an official visit from graduate transfer Christian Keeling out of Charleston Southern.

Georgia Tech basketball is in the market for graduate transfers and one potential option is set to visit Georgia Tech this weekend according to a report. Georgia Southern guard Christian Keeling just finished up his junior season where he averaged 18.7 points per game for the Buccaneers, his third straight season averaging over 17 points per game. The report was first made by Dan McDonald of Rivals.

The Jackets, of course, enter the offseason with just three scholarship guards but recently picked up a commitment from Asanti Price. Either way, the Jackets are still in need of help at the guard position and Keeling could be a player to join the program and make an immediate impact, taking a role that we’ve seen Brandon Alston have the last two seasons.

Keeling for Georgia Southern has been tremendous the last three years, averaging 17.9 points for his career along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He has a career shooting percentage of .450 from the field and is a quality three-point shooter, shooting .352 for his career and shot .380 this past season.

Defensively, Keeling has been pretty good for his career, with a defensive rating of 100.3. That being said, he’s coming off a fantastic year with a defensive rating of 94.6. He also averaged 2.2 steals per game.

For the Jackets, adding Keeling to the roster should be a priority. The Jackets have struggled mightily offensively in the Josh Pastner era so adding any type of shooter to the roster is worth a try. Especially, a shooter who averages over 17 points per game for his career.

Either way, the Jackets, and Josh Pastner are entering a big offseason both for Pastner’s future and the future of the program. After a promising first season under Pastner, the Jackets have taken significant steps back the last two seasons.