Glen Rice Jr.’s name might not be called when Georgia Tech’s starters are introduced for the Yellow Jackets’ games.
But that doesn’t diminish his impact on the team.
Rice leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game, and he is tied for the team lead in rebounding, averaging 6.8 per game.
“He does give us a spark off the bench,” first-year Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said during this past week’s ACC coaches teleconference. “It’s more minutes and production during those minutes as opposed to the starting lineups. I’ve never been the guy that puts a great emphasis on who was starting. Sometimes it’s what’s best for the team that’s most important.
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“Usually it’s based on performance in practice and so forth, and different things. He’s responded to well to that, and that’s obviously a sign of maturity.”
Rice only has made six starts this season, but he is second on the team in minutes played. He is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and scored 28 points against Duke and 22 against N.C. State in the Yellow Jackets’ two ACC games.
Georgia Tech beat N.C. State to get to 8-8 overall and claim Gregory’s first ACC victory. Sunday’s opponent, Maryland, is also 1-1 in the ACC, and the Terps are 11-4 overall.
Another key player this season has been Mfon Udofia. He leads the team with 40 assists and is averaging 11.2 points per game.
“Mfon is a guy who you’re really seeing from day one of the season until now is a guy who has really improved his overall play,” Gregory said. “The numbers in terms of the shooting jump out at you in terms of him making really good decisions and getting quality shoots and running the team and things like that. He handled the ball well and got us into our offense.
“He’s running the team better, a new role for Mfon in terms of having the ball in his hands quite a bit and quarterbacking the club.”