Georgia Tech Basketball: Ranking the Newcomers

Matt PowersCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2011

Georgia Tech Basketball: Ranking the Newcomers

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    Even though Georgia Tech's basketball program only added one freshman to their recruiting class, they have three newcomers on a team short on scholarship players.

    For this reason, each of the newcomers will play big minutes this year for the Yellow Jackets.

    This article takes a look at Georgia Tech's three biggest additions—other than new coach Brian Gregory—as the one freshman and two transfers will all be important players for the Jackets.

3. Pierre Jordan

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    Georgia Tech landed senior point guard Pierre Jordan, a Florida State transfer, late in the summer to bolster their backcourt depth.

    Jordan is eligible immediately because he has already graduated from Florida State, and enrolled at Tech in a graduate program not offered at Florida State.

    A native of Dunwoody, Georgia, Jordan played in 39 games in his Seminoles career and averaged 5.2 minutes per game. The speedy ball handler was more of a pass-first guy, and his stats support that: Jordan averaged 0.9 points and 0.4 assists in his career.

    The 6'0" point guard will likely be the backup to Mfon Udofia, but if Udofia struggles the way he has in the past, Jordan could potentially end up in the starting lineup.

    Jordan will likely average between 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, but that is more out of necessity than due to his ability. 

2. Julian Royal

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    Julian Royal originally signed with Georgia Tech when Paul Hewitt was the coach. After a visit from new coach Brian Gregory the day after he was hired, the Top 75 recruit decided to remain with the Yellow Jackets.

    Due to the lack of depth in the frontcourt, the power forward could potentially carve out a major role immediately.

    Royal is a skilled 6'8" power forward with a nice combination of length and athleticism. That helps him to make an impact on the boards, especially on the defensive end.

    His offensive game is a bit behind right now in part because he is still skinny, but he does have some post game already—which is more than some other players at this stage of their career.

    Royal will come in with the opportunity to start next to Daniel Miller if he can beat out Kammeon Holsey. If he can't beat out Holsey for the starting spot, he's likely to be the first player off the bench in the frontcourt ahead of the Jackets' other option, Nate Hicks.

    Royal should play a big role and will produce this year, but his best basketball is still a year or two away.

1. Brandon Reed

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    Georgia native Brandon Reed began his college career with Arkansas State in 2009, but he knew that he belonged at a higher level.

    After a season where he averaged 15.1 points, 2.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds and won the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Award, Reed proved to everyone that he was right.

    Reed may not be able to put up the same numbers at Tech, but there is a good chance that he will lead the Jackets in scoring this year. Reed's ability to play either guard spot is also a positive for a team that overall lacks depth, and his rebounding ability is a huge plus for a guard.

    Reed will likely open the year as the starting shooting guard next to Mfon Udofia and Glen Rice Jr. in the backcourt. Expect him to average well over 30 minutes per game and to be somewhere in the top three on the team in scoring.

    There is also a chance that he competes for the ACC's Newcomer of the Year Award.