2005 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Basketball Preview
2005 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Team Preview
In 2004 Georgia Tech made it all the way to the Final Four. Coach Paul Hewitt thinks this year’s starters—4 sophomores and 1 junior—are more talented than the seniors who got Tech to the final phase of the Tournament two years ago. As they start this season Georgia has only one player left from that near-championship team of 2004. Looks like it’s a new era for Yellow Jacket basketball.
The Yellow Jackets lost all five starters from last season. Together they averaged 62 PPG, while this year’s starters contributed 17 PPG. This lopsided figure doesn’t reflect a downturn in scoring potential but a lack of experience for the new top five. What can be expected from the prime front and backcourt of center Ra’Sean Dickey, guards Zam Fredrick and Mario West, swingman Anthony Morrow, and forward Jeremis Smith?
At 6’9” and 255 pounds sophomore Ra’Sean Dickey showed signs of breaking out last season, shooting 66% against ACC competitors; he needs to follow through this year for the Yellow Jackets to have success. Anthony Morrow, who has been a streaky player, certainly has the potential to lead the team in scoring while Mario West gives the club sure-handed ball skills and sound defensive work.
Jeremis Smith offers explosive power when healthy, but he has been troubled by knee problems. His knee has healed and if he stays healthy his game should improve steadily. Zam Frederick brings a lot of inexperience at point guard and that can be deadly to other teams.
For Hewitt the point guard position may offer the most challenges but he’s certainly got his dance card full with every part of the court. There’s definitely talent on this Yellow Jacket squad, but will they reach their full potential?
For more info on the 2005 Yellow Jackets check out the official Georgia Tech athletic site.