Georgia Tech began a seven-day trip to the Bahamas earlier this week. But the Yellow Jackets will have their leading scorer and graduate transfer on the sidelines for the entire week.
Georgia Tech Brian Gregory says Marcus Georges-Hunt and Virginia Tech graduate transfer Adam Smith have been ruled out, according to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“If we had pushed it, we would have had (medical clearance) by now, but we made the decision actually in the beginning of the summer that this was the game plan for us,” he told the AJC.
Georges-Hunt, the rising senior wing, averaged a team-high 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. However, his junior season ended on a sour note when he suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot in the regular season finale against North Carolina on March 3. Georges-Hunt is hoping to be ready for workouts later this month.
Adam Smith, who transferred in from Virginia Tech on April 24, will miss the entire trip after re-aggravating a leg injury. Smith averaged 13.4 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the beyond the 3-point line in his final season with the Hokies. He is eligible immediately.
The Yellow Jackets were scheduled to play in games on Saturday and Sunday after winning their first contest, 101-60, on Thursday.
Sunday was picture day for the Georgia Tech basketball program, as head coach Brian Gregory’s Yellow Jackets donned their new gold uniforms for the team photo. Georgia Tech provided fans with a quick 360 degree view of the uniforms on their Instagram account, with junior guard Marcus Georges-Hunt being the “model.”
The jersey is a good look, especially with the yellow jacket on the back of the uniform, and it’s something that wouldn’t look bad if Georgia Tech had a similar design for its white (home) and navy (road) uniforms.
As for the team that will wear those uniforms in 2014-15, Georges-Hunt is the leading returning scorer for a team that lost four of its top five scorers from a season ago. Robert Carter Jr. transferred to Maryland, with former Maryland big Charles Mitchell joining the Georgia Tech program and he’ll be eligible immediately.
Having Mitchell helps the Yellow Jackets, who also have to account for the graduation of center Daniel Miller. He’s one of three transfers who will join the front court rotation, with Demarco Cox (Ole Miss) and Robert Sampson (East Carolina) being the others. Former Alabama forward Nick Jacobs will be eligible to play in 2015-16.
On the perimeter Georges-Hunt (11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) will lead the way, with Chris Bolden and Corey Heyward among the players who factored into the rotation last season. Among Georgia Tech’s five freshmen is guard Tadric Jackson, a four-star prospect who’s talented enough to earn significant minutes this season. Georgia Tech finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 16-17 record, going 6-12 in ACC play.
Things haven’t gone as planned for either Boston College or Georgia Tech this season, with both teams finding themselves in the bottom half of the ACC standings after entering 2013-14 with hopes of surprising people. And that can also be said for their matchup on Thursday, a game that was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday night.
A winter storm that hit much of the southern United States hard led to the postponing of the game, and from an entertainment standpoint it didn’t disappoint. The difference: a four-point play by Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt with seven tenths of a second left in the game, giving the Yellow Jackets a 74-71 win in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech fan Daniel Burapavong captured the deciding play on video, and a solid crowd attended the game at McCamish Pavilion despite the 5:00 p.m. start time and the fact that the game was played one day later than expected.
Georges-Hunt, who finished the game with 15 points, was one of four Yellow Jackets to score in double figures as Brian Gregory’s team moved to 4-8 in ACC play. Olivier Hanlan led Boston College with 21 points.