Georgia Tech Basketball Offseason: Yellow Jackets To Play In Anaheim Classic

Georgia Tech will take part in the Anaheim Classic along with Xavier and California.

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Quinton Stephens Commits To Georgia Tech Basketball

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets just scored an ACC basketball victory in September. That is because 2013 recruit Quinton Stephens chose the Yellow Jackets over the Clemson Tigers on Sunday.

Georgia Tech just felt like the right fit for Stephens, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I went to Clemson the previous week and really enjoyed it," Stephens told the AJC. "But coming here [to Georgia Tech], it really stood out to me that it was a great place. I fit in really well with the players and coaches. And just the atmosphere and all around … it really was a good fit for all the things I was looking for."

Stephens is a 6'9 swingman from Marist School in Atlanta. He was also considering Tennessee and Miami.

As a junior, he averaged 18.9 points, six rebounds, and three assists per game.

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Bobby Cremins Continues To Support Georgia Tech Basketball

Bobby Cremins led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball program from 1981 to 2000 and coached some of the biggest names in college basketball. Guys like Stephon Marbury, Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, Mark Price, John Salley and Brian Oliver all brought their games to Atlanta and honed their skills under Cremins.

Now, the man who led the most successful era in the history of Georgia Tech basketball, is trying to rally some of those past greats to show support for the Yellow Jackets new head man, Brian Gregory, according to a report appearing in the Boston Herald:

"Brian and I were talking and I said now that I'm a part-time employee and I'm not coaching, I would love to give something back to the school that I coached 19 years at and I love," Cremins said. "This was my baby. This was my life."

The Yellow Jackets will open their new on-campus arena this fall and Gregory approached Cremins about a way to drum up excitement for the arenas opening night:

"We're going to have the opportunity to open up a new chapter in Tech basketball while celebrating our right tradition and also honoring those people who built this great program," Gregory said.

"The idea was for us to get former players and coaches back that evening to thank them and also to get them excited about the program that they care about so much."

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Georgia Tech Basketball: ACC Schedule Released

Georgia Tech will play 18 ACC games for the first time in league history.

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Georgia Tech Basketball Offseason: Julian Royal Impresses Brian Gregory In Offseason

To hear Georgia Tech head basketball coach Brian Gregory tell it, sophomore forward Julian Royal is going to be a much improved player when the season begins. Through offseason workouts and conditioning with Mike Bewley, Royal's build is different and his aggressiveness is expected reflect the confidence he's gained this offseason.

Royal also has a shooting touch the Yellow Jackets look to utilize from the 6-foot-7 forward. Here's what Gregory told the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the youngster's development:

"You know, one of the biggest things that happens when a guy gets stronger and better conditioned and sees some of the results transferring onto the court, they just gain greater confidence," Gregory said. "There's no greater area to build toughness and confidence than in the weight room. I think he's the perfect example of that and, again, this is just the end of his first year. Next week will mark 12 months and that's it. So there's still growth that needs to be done, but he definitely took it to a much greater level this spring and summer."

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Georgia Tech Basketball Offseason: Jason Morris Finally Healthy

Jason Morris had a tough season in 2012 but feels like he has finally recovered from a toe injury that plagued him for pretty much all of last season.

Morris originally injured his toe during a pickup game during last summer and never really recovered. He said he also played last season with several other undisclosed injuries and estimated that he was only 60-70 percent healthy. His numbers reflected that as well as his shooting percentage plummeted from 41 percent as a freshman to 35 percent last season.

"I didn't feel like I was agile at all, because my foot was messed up from Day One till the last day against Miami,"

Morris indicates that he is currently 90-95 percent healthy and according to head coach Brian Gregory it has showed in offseason workouts. Morris will be a key player for the Yellow Jackets after the dismissal of Glen Rice Jr from the program.

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Georgia Tech Basketball Schedule: Yellow Jackets To Play Rice In Opening Game Of Anaheim Classic

The bracket and schedule for the 2012 Anaheim Classic is set and their first game will be against the Rice Owls on Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU. The tournament runs through Nov. 22 through Nov. 25 with every game being shown on ESPN. Other teams in the tournament are Pacific, Xavier, Drexel, St. Mary's, Drake and California.

Here is the complete schedule for the tournament:

Anaheim Classic (Schedule subject to change)

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Nov 22

2 p.m.

Pacific vs. Xavier

ESPNU

4:30 p.m.

Drexel vs. Saint Mary’s

ESPN2

9 p.m.

Rice vs. Georgia Tech

ESPNU

11:30 p.m.

Drake vs. Cal

ESPN2

Fri, Nov 23

3:30 p.m.

Semifinal #1

ESPN2

6 p.m.

Consolation #1

ESPNU

9:30 p.m.

Consolation #2

ESPNU

Midnight

Semifinal #2

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 25

1:30 p.m.

5th-place Game

ESPNU

4 p.m.

7th-place Game

ESPN3

6:30 p.m.

3rd-place Game

ESPNU

9 p.m.

Championship Game

ESPN2

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Georgia Tech Releases 2012 Basketball Schedule

Georgia Tech has released its full 2012 hoops schedule and will open the season at McCamish Pavilion on November 9 against Tulane. Tech will travel to Illinois for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on November 28 and will then return home for the annual matchup with Georgia.

Many of Tech's conference dates won't be finalized until sometime in August. This is the first season of the ACC's new 18-game conference schedule.

Here is a look at the full 2012 Georgia Tech Basketball schedule:

Nov. 9 - Tulane

Nov. 14 - Presbyterian

Nov. 22-25 - Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif. Other opponents: California, Drake, Drexel, Pacific, Rice, Saint Mary's and Xavier)

Nov. 28 - at Illinois (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)

Dec. 4 - Georgia

Dec. 8 - UNC Wilmington

Dec. 17 - Alabama State

Dec. 22 - The Citadel

Dec. 29 - Fordham

Jan. 2 - Chattanooga

Jan. 5/6 - Miami

Jan. 8/9/10 - at N.C. State

Jan. 12/13 - Virginia Tech

Jan. 15/16/17 - at Duke

Jan. 22/23/24 - at North Carolina

Jan. 26/27 - Wake Forest

Jan. 29/30/31 - at Clemson

Feb. 2/3 - Virginia

Feb. 9/10 - at Virginia Tech

Feb. 5/6/7 - Florida State

Feb. 12/13/14 - Clemson

Feb. 16/17 - at Wake Forest

Feb. 19/20/21 - North Carolina

Feb. 23/24 - at Virginia

Feb. 26/27/28 - Maryland

Mar. 2/3 - N.C. State

Mar. 5/6/7 - at Miami

Mar. 9/10 - at Boston College

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Incoming Freshman Corey Heyward Likely Out For Season With Torn ACL

The 2012-13 college basketball season still is months away, but Georgia Tech was dealt a tough blow when incoming freshman point guard Corey Heyward tore his left ACL in a pickup game last Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"We feel terrible about his injury, but it's a temporary setback and we'll be with him every step of the way back," (head coach Brian) Gregory said in a statement.

Heyward could return during ACC play in January or February, but he would miss out on most of his freshman season. It appears likely he would take a medical redshirt and have four years of eligibility beginning the following season.

Heyward signed with Georgia Tech out of Hargrave Military Academy and graduated from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga. He enrolled at Tech in May and was expected to be the backup point guard this upcoming season.

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Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich Denies Being Targeted By Texas A&M

Georgia Tech's Dan Radakovich denies being targeted for the Texas A&M job.

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2013 Georgia Tech Basketball Recruiting: Yellow Jackets Land Nation's No. 14 Prospect Solomon Poole

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets just landed one of the nation's top 2013 basketball recruits in Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla. Poole is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard and is ranked as the No. 14 player by Rivals. Other offers that Poole had came from Georgia, Louisville, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Memphis and UCLA.

His decision came down between Georgia Tech and UCLA, and Solomon chose Georgia Tech because he wanted to play in the ACC, plus his brother is now at Georgia Tech:

"First of all, I picked Georgia Tech because I think ACC is the best conference for basketball," Poole told the AJC. "Also, my brother [Stacey Poole] is there. The program has a tradition of point guards going into the league, guys like Stephon Marbury and Mark Price.

"[Coach Brian Gregory] was real with me. He only told me what I needed to hear. He didn't give me a bunch of hype and tell me I was great just to get me to go to the program. I get along with all the coaches well there at Georgia Tech. And it's a solid educational school, one of the best in the country."

Here are highlights of Poole from his junior year of high school:


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Markus Kennedy Considering Georgia Tech Transfer, According To Report

Villanova freshman Markus Kennedy is reportedly considering transferring and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are one of the schools where he could land for next season. The Yellow Jackets were mentioned alongside Florida, Ohio State and Auburn as other possibilities.

Kennedy averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats this season. Villanova issued a release announcing the transfer and then reports surfaced that he was having second thoughts and had approached Jay Wright about returning to the team. His status is still in doubt hence the transfer rumors linking him to Tech.

Kennedy is a 6-foot-9, 260lb forward from the Philadelphia area that would add some much needed depth to the Georgia Tech frontcourt should he follow through with the transfer and select the Yellow Jackets for his new team.

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ACC Conference Basketball Tournament To Expand, According To Report

The ACC will adopt the current Big East model when Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the conference in regards to its conference basketball tournament. The field will expand to include all 14 conference teams and will be spread out from Wednesday through Sunday.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said back in December that he thought it would be best to go the 14-team route and that appears to still be the plan.

"The sense of the group is that we'll look at every conceivable way to do a 14-team tournament. The initial feeling is that it was important that every team be there, which will add a day. That could change lanes, but I think there was a pretty good sense from our ADs that the preference was all 14 be there."

Seeds 11-14 would play on Wednesday and makes much more sense that lopping off the two last place finishers during the regular season.

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Georgia Tech Basketball 2012: Yellow Jackets To Play Illinois In ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Georgia Tech is facing Illinois in this year's ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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Georgia Tech Basketball Roster: Nate Hicks Transferring To Florida Gulf Coast

Georgia Tech center Nate Hicks is leaving the Yellow Jackets program and will transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University. Hicks will have to sit out next season due to NCAA Transfer rules but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Hicks played sparingly for the Yellow Jackets in his first two seasons averaging just 8.6 minutes per contest. He averaged 1.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game over those two seasons. The signing of big man Robert Carter likely meant that Hicks' role would be reduced even further.

Hicks reportedly settled on Florida Gulf Coast are also considering Penn, Colgate and Stetson. At 6-foot-10, 218 pounds Hicks would be well served to work on adding weight to his slender frame. He appeared in just one of the Yellow Jackets' eight final games.

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Nate Hicks Leaving Georgia Tech Basketball, According To Report

Georgia Tech reserve big man Nate Hicks has reportedly decided to transfer from the Yellow Jackets program.

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Glen Rice Jr. Dismissed From Georgia Tech Basketball After Shooting Incident

Glen Rice Jr. has ben dismissed from the Georgia Tech basketball team.

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