2022 Record: 15-18 (6-14)

Head Coach: Damon Stoudamire (Career Record 71-77 at Pacific)

Projected Lineup:

PG: Amaree Abram (Ole Miss 8.0 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 2.0 Ast)

SG: Kowacie Reeves (Florida 8.5 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.5 Ast)

SF: Miles Kelly (14.4 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 1.3 Ast)

PF: Dallan “Deebo” Coleman (9.5 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 1.3 Ast)

C: Tyzhaun Claude (Western Carolina 15.4 Pts, 8.6 Reb, 0.5 Ast)

6: SG Lance Terry (10.1 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 1.2 Ast)

7: PG Kyle Sturdivant (8.6 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 3.3 Ast)

8: PF Tafara Gapare (UMass 3.4 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 0.3 Ast)

9: C Ebenezer Dowouna (NC State 1.7 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.0 Ast)

10: PF Baye Ndongo

11: SG Carter Murphy (Air Force 7.2 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 1.1 Ast)

Georgia Tech went through a lot of roster turnover this past offseason with the firing Josh Pastner. The Yellow Jackets were lucky to bring back most of their key players which could lead to them having a more successful season than last year. The hiring of Damon Stoudamire was an interesting one and he could certainly turn this program around to a consistent tournament team, he may just need a few seasons.

Georgia Tech did a great job in landing SEC portal guards in Amaree Abram from Ole Miss and Kowacie Reeves from Florida. Abram is coming off a very productive freshman season and shows the potential to keep growing from here. I’m expecting Abram to have a season with double figures scoring and just over 3 assists. Reeves was also a great add to the program. He’s a very gifted athlete that possesses a lot of the key traits including length. He just plays wild at times and needs to focus on shot selection. The sky is the limit for him though.

Returning starters to the program include Miles Kelly and Deebo Coleman. Both are young players with sky high potential to grow and become all ACC level talents. Kelly, a sophomore, led the Yellow Jackets in scoring last season with just over 14 points. He’s got the size and the speed to be a true threat in the league and while his role could be slightly diminished with the backcourt talent the team added, he will still be a very productive player. Coleman also has the potential to grow and he too needs to focus on shot selection as he shot in the high 30s percentage wise last year.

Tyzhaun Claude is slotted to start at the center position for the Yellow Jackets this upcoming season. Claude doesn’t have much range but he grew tremendously from his Morehead State playing days to his time with Western Carolina last season. Claude is a bit undersized to be a true 5 man at the ACC level but he does attack the glass really well.

Returning guards Kyle Sturdivant and Lance Terry also add value of experience to the team. Both had starting roles last season, but with the addition of Abram and Reeves, they project more as 6th and 7th man. Even with coming off the bench, they can still add a great deal of value to the team. Terry can be a 3 point shooter off the bench and Sturdivant can be a defensive presence among other things.

The Yellow Jackets also added big man transfers Tafara Gapare from UMass who was only a freshman last season and has sky high potential. Also signing with the Yellow Jackets this offseason was NC State transfer Ebenezer Dowouna who played sparingly for the Wolfpack last season, but is familiar with the ACC level of play and could potentially carve out a backup role. Georgia Tech also picked up a late signing from Air Force SG transfer Carter Murphy who adds experience being a 5th year but is expected to have a limited role on the team.

It’s tough to determine where Georgia Tech would finish in the standings this season. They did have a lot of roster turnover, but they kept most of the pieces they really needed. They really do have a lot of talent and now the most important thing is to put it all together and build chemistry. A good goal for next season could be to finish a few games above .500 and compete for an NIT bid with the ability to build on it and become a tournament team in future seasons if the nucleus of the team sticks together.