Georgia Tech sophomore guard Josh Okogie could miss time for the Yellow Jackets after leaving Saturday’s exhibition game against Georgia State with an apparent compound fracture to one of the fingers on his left hand.
One of the nation’s most productive freshman last season, the 6-foot-4 Okogie left in the second half and left the court with a finger that was heavily wrapped, according to a report from Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After the game, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner said the injury was a compound fracture, saying a bone in one of his fingers pierced the skin.
“We’ll just have to wait till the doctors to come back (with a diagnosis), but he could be out for a while,” Pastner said after the game. “We just don’t know yet.”
The loss of Okogie is a potentially big one for the Yellow Jackets as he was sensational at times during a surprise freshman season. Without his scoring punch in the lineup, Georgia Tech will look to a pair of seniors in big man Ben Lammers and guard Tadric Jackson to increase their scoring after both averaged double-figures last season.
Georgia State pulled off the minor upset over Georgia Tech with the 65-58 exhibition win as guard D’Marcus Simonds scored a game-high 30 points to pace the Panthers. The exhibition, played for charity hurricane relief efforts as many teams have done this fall, was the first time the two programs had met since 2008.
Okogie wasn’t the only Yellow Jacket to suffer an injury in this one as guard Branson Alston suffered a sprained MCL. Georgia Tech opens its regular season with a tough test against UCLA on Nov. 10th.