Georgia Tech Basketball: Jackets Land USC Transfer Kyle Sturdivant

The Georgia Tech basketball program has landed the transfer of USC point guard Kyle Sturdivant.

Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner continues to strengthen his Yellow Jackets roster as on Thursday afternoon, the program landed the transfer of USC point guard Kyle Sturdivant. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the decision on Twitter.

Sturdivant entered the transfer portal last week after finishing up his freshman season with the Trojans. In 21 games for the Trojans this season, Sturdivant averaged 2.0 points 1.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.

A Norcross native, the move to Tech brings Sturdivant back home where a change of scenery could be good for his development. A four-star recruit in the 2019 recruiting class, Sturdivant was ranked as the No.14 point guard in the nation and Georgia’s seventh best player. While the Yellow Jackets offered him during his recruitment, Sturdivant committed early in the process to USC and never wavered against that decision.

The Yellow Jackets at the guard position are well equipped heading into the 2020-21 season, they’ll be led by rising senior Jose Alvarado and rising junior Michael Devoe. Both guards are coming off career seasons for the Jackets and will be the foundation of a program that will look to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

Sturdivant is the second transfer the Yellow Jackets have landed in recent weeks as they also picked up center Rodney Howard who spent last season with Georgia. 

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Like Howard, currently Sturdivant is ineligible for the 2020-21 season. However, in the upcoming future, the NCAA is expected to vote on a one-time transfer rule that will allow all NCAA athletes the ability to transfer once in their career without penalty. If passed, both Howard and Sturdivant will be eligible to play for the Yellow Jackets next season.