The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets begin preseason practice Friday night. The team returns all five starters from last year's team that went 11-20 overall and 4-12 in the ACC. They are the only team in the conference that returns all five starters.
Second-year head coach Brian Gregory believes that his returning players are the key to the team's turnaround, especially since some of the players finished strong at the end of the season according to an interview with Charles Odum of The Augusta Chronicle:
"I think that one of the things that we were able to establish toward the end of last year is maybe we were more of a post presence. You win with high-percentage shots, and how do you get those high percentage shots? You get them in transition. The best way to score in the post is in the open court, and we've got to do a good job with our guys running."
One of the players to keep an eye on is center Daniel Miller, who scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games last season. Also, forward Kammeon Holsey scored in double figures in six of the last nine games.
What might also help the team out is the fact that the Yellow Jackets will open their new arena, McCamish Pavilion after playing last year's games at either the Philips Center or Gwinnett Arena. Gregory hopes that the new arena can reverse the trend of declining attendence at Yellow Jacket basketball games.