Georgia Tech’s basketball season is only a few days away from the beginning and we preview a trio of players who will have a big impact on the Jackets season.
No.3 G Bubba Parham:
The former VMI Keydet played his first full season with the Yellow Jackets last year, appearing in 31 games including six starts. Unfortunately for the Jackets and Parham, he had his worst year statistically. From the field, Parham shot just 35.8% and he shot just 30.2% from beyond the arch. Comparatively, as a sophomore at VMI, he shot 42.5% from the floor and 39.7% from three. All in all, Parham averaged 5.2 points per game last season, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists.
In the 2020-21 season, Parham will likely reprise his role as a bench and role player for the Yellow Jackets. He’ll get into almost every game and gives them a scoring threat coming off the bench but he’ll need to be more consistent this season. If the Yellow Jackets hope to have greater success as a team this year, it will be important for bench players like Parham to have strong shooting performances and step up their performances from last season. If Parham struggles again and another bench player gets hot shooting, he could be knocked down a spot in the rotation.
No.4 G Jordan Usher:
Another former transfer, Usher like Parham played his first full season with the Yellow Jackets last season. Well, kind of. Usher became eligible a bit into the season but once he was able to take the court, Usher started in all 23 games he appeared in.
Usher shot 40.6% from the floor last season for the Yellow Jackets, that number hit hard by his struggles from past the three-point line, shooting 20.5%. From inside the perimeter, Usher was much better, shooting 47.6%. For the season, he averaged 26 minutes per game, 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
Usher will once again likely be a starter in 2020-21 for the Yellow Jackets as they’ll likely run three guards, one forward, and one center. For Usher, a step forward shooting wise would be a huge boost to the Jackets offensively and one that could help push the team closer to their NCAA Tournament hopes. A talented player, Usher will need to find a way to put it all together sooner rather than later, at least for the Yellow Jackets sake.
No.5 F Moses Wright
The last player in our previews for today is senior forward Moses Wright. Wright is coming off a terrific season for the Yellow Jackets in a season that saw him have a breakout season. The Raleigh, NC native played and started in 31 games for the Yellow Jackets, averaging 30.4 minutes per contest.
He shot great from the floor last year, hitting 53% of his shots including 55.9% from inside the perimeter. For the season, he averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. Not only was he strong offensively for the Jackets but he was the same on the other end of the court, posting a defensive rating of 94.0. He also owned the second-highest defensive win percentage on the team at 1.8, only behind center James Banks.
Wright this upcoming season will once again be a starter for the Yellow Jackets at forward and will be one of their biggest keys to success this season. It will be also interesting to watch to see how he follows up a breakout season from last year and if he could take another step forward.