Georgia Tech opens preseason practice on Friday

Georgia Tech’s basketball team begins its official pre-season practice Friday afternoon, 43 days before its season opener on Friday, Nov. 13 against Cornell at McCamish Pavilion. Head coach Brian Gregory begins putting 10 returning letterwinners, three transfers and one freshman through the paces in preparation for his fifth season on the Flats.

With 10 summer practices and an excursion to the Bahamas in which they played three games already behind them, the Yellow Jackets return three starters, including 6-5 senior guard Marcus Georges-Hunt, the seventh-leading returning scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference and promising 6-2 sophomore scoring guard Tadric Jackson, as well as one of the top double-double practitioners in the ACC in 6-8 senior forward Charles Mitchell. All told, six of the team’s top nine scorers from last year are back.

The Jackets also welcome to their ranks the ACC’s top three-point shooter from last season, 6-1 Adam Smith, who transferred from Virginia Tech, and high-scoring 6-8 forward Nick Jacobs, a transfer from Alabama who sat out the 2014-15 season, both of whom are expected to significantly impact the Yellow Jackets offensively.