ATLANTA -- Since practice started four weeks ago, Georgia Tech basketball head coach Brian Gregory said the improvement he has seen has been noticeable.
Were a much-improved team, Gregory said. But thats on October 29th, and thats not going to be good enough down the road, so we need to keep attacking every day and keep getting better every single day.
Gregory begins his third season at Georgia Tech with an exhibition game against Young Harris on Friday at McCamish Pavilion. Georgia Tech played Florida in a secret scrimmage with no fans or media last week in Valdosta. This one will be open to the public.
What we would like to do with the exhibition games from here on out is to get one a year and play all the different teams from within the state of Georgia, Gregory said. All of the Division II schools and schools like that. Young Harris is first up.
The Young Harris Mountain Lions are in their second year of the three-year NCAA Division II membership process. They were 17-9 and finished second in the Peach Belt Conference a year ago. They are led by guards Malcolm Jackson, who led the Peach Belt in scoring (20.3 points per game) a year ago, and Vince Martin, who averaged 17.1 points and a conference-best eight assists.
Its great for Georgia basketball, and its great for the teams we play, Gregory said. Its also great for us because we are playing throughout the state.
Georgia Tech will play everyone in the scrimmage except for starting wing Chris Bolden, who is suspended for the exhibition and the first three games of the regular season because of an offseason DUI incident, and Jason Morris, who is still recovering from foot surgery. Highly regarded freshman Travis Jorgenson has a hamstring issue but might still be able to play.
Georgia Techs other three returning starters are guard Marcus Georges-Hunt, center Daniel Miller and power forward Robert Carter Jr. Tennessee transfer Trae Golden is expected to have a big influence on the teams development and join Solomon Poole in the rotation to replace Mfon Udofia at point guard. The Yellow Jackets also return sixth man Kammeon Holsey and reserve forward Stacey Poole Jr.
The regular season opens Nov. 8 against Presbyterian at McCamish Pavilion. Its the first of five home games in November.