Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball has had quite the turn around this season. Under head coach Josh Pastner, the Yellow Jackets had their second straight double-digit winning season in conference play. Pastner has been with the Yellow Jackets for five seasons and has an 80-75 overall record. The Yellow Jackets good season ends with a 15-8 overall record, 11-6 record in conference play, and a fourth seed in the ACC tournament. It is capped off with Moses Wright winning ACC Player of the Year and Jose Alvarado winning Defensive Player of the Year.
Wright makes first team All-ACC and finished the season tied for third in points and rebounds. Wright averaged 18 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. He is the third player in school history to win the award and the first since 1990. Also, Wright joined the thousand point club in school history and won ACC player of the week three times this season. Wright has been an anchor on the defensive end for the Yellow Jackets with his rim protecting. Offensively, Wright is shooting 54.4 % from the floor while playing 35.7 minutes per game. He has got better every year on campus. This award has solidified his growth and the team’s growth over the last few seasons.
Jose Alvarado wins Defensive Player of the Year, makes all-ACC second team, and all-ACC defensive team. He leads the ACC in steals with 66, helping Georgia Tech share the team lead for this category. Alvarado has gotten it done on both ends of the floor for the Yellow Jackets. In addition to his 66 total steals, he has averaged 15.5 points per game on 51.2% shooting from the field and 40.6% from three-point. Alvarado tough Brooklyn attitude and passion shows on both ends of the floor for the Yellow Jackets. His ability to pressure the opposing teams guards and get into the lane to break down opposing team’s defense is a combination we have seen in the top guards at the next level.
Last but not least, Michael Devoe gets honorable mention for all-ACC. Devoe is averaging 15.0 points per game on 44 % shooting from the field and 38.8 % from three-point. He is third on the team in points and minutes. Devoe has provided a smooth stroke and consistent offense for the Yellow Jackets all season. He is another one of the Pastner’s players that have taken a huge step and got better every year on campus.
Georgia Tech will have the fourth seed in the ACC tournament that starts on March 9th. If they do all the things they have done all season, they can easily get to the championship game. The ACC is as wide open as it has ever been this year and the Yellow Jackets can take full advantage of the field.