Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Georgia Tech's Brian Oliver Needs To Play Big For The Yellow Jackets

Sophomore forward Brian Oliver is profiled by RamblinWreck.com

Georgia Tech is dangerously thin in the post this year having just one projected starter above 6'6". Oliver is expected to play post defense along side 6'8" Kammeon Holsey who will be playing his first college action this season.

Head Coach Paul Hewitt likens Oliver to former Jacket Anthony McHenry.
"It's a lot like Anthony McHenry playing the [power forward spot on Tech's last Final Four team] only he's a better shooter," Hewitt said. "Maybe he's not the passer Anthony was, but definitely he can shoot the basketball.

Tech has two reserve centers, but I am not sure how much they contribute at the ACC level.

The good thing for the Yellow Jackets is that in college basketball having good guard play is much more important than post play, but last year the guard play was Tech's Achilles Heel.

In my opinion, Georgia Tech's fortunes hinge much more on the play of guard Iman Shumpert than how well the frontcourt plays.

I attended Tech's Hoops Fest a two weeks ago and had more thoughts on the Yellow Jackets here.

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