Holsey starting to understand the game

Kammeon Holsey said he doesn’t feel lost, which is how coach Paul Hewitt described his efforts on defense in the win against Savannah State, but he says he is getting the hang of college basketball.

Holsey, a 6-8 forward on Georgia Tech’s basketball team, is averaging 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. He had a rough game in the 69-59 win against the Tigers, missing two shots, turning over the ball twice and failing to pull a rebound in eight minutes.

In his postgame press conference, Hewitt twice described Holsey as lost, saying, “We’ve got to get Kammeon going.”

Holsey admits to being lost on defense when the season started, but said he’s now starting to understand the nuances of man-to-man, particularly communication and jumping out on his man. He said fellow big men Daniel Miller and Nate Hicks have helped him keep his confidence up.

Hewitt said that the confusion Holsey may be experiencing on defense may be affecting his offense. He has shown flashes this season. In the loss to Georgia, Holsey took the ball at the free-throw line and blew by his defender. However, he missed the shot.

Hewitt said he wants to see Holsey, as well as Miller and Hicks, establish themselves earlier in the games by posting up closer to the basket, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.

He has said that as the big men play better, the team will continue to improve.

Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. played just 10 minutes against Savannah State and went scoreless. Maurice Miller started in his place because Hewitt said that Miller has been playing well this season. He had nine points, five rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes against Savannah State.

– By Doug Roberson, AJC

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December 13th, 2010
5:33 pm

Hosley says “he’s now starting to understand the nuances of man-to-man.” How hard is it to understand man-to-man defense, you have a guy to cover and you cover him. Glenn Rice is one of the only players on the team who plays defense and actually displays effort from tip off till the buzzer. The reason we suck and Hewitt sucks is because his players don’t know how to play man-to-man defense and we don’t play our best players. SUCK IT UP DRAD AND FIRE HEWITT.

Fire Paul Hewitt

December 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

When is Hewitt going to start understanding the game?

Stinger 2

December 13th, 2010
5:42 pm

I admit that I am not an expert on the talent strenghts at all positions on this team. However, I thought I understood the strength of this team to be by far in the backcourt. It would seem that Shumpert and Oliver, et all
are the keys to a good season. Obviously the “big men” need to play better but the front court will not be the
key to success. Hewitt needs to focus more on getting the most out of the back court players who can do the most for GT.

Big Al

December 13th, 2010
5:49 pm

The Yellow Jackets are shooting 40.1 percent from the field, a mark that ranks 293rd in the country. That is not Hewitt’s fault. I am not a Hewitt defender but just sayin that makes it tough on a coach.

What was up with Rice? He did not come in until somewhat late in the game and then did not seem to be hustling.


December 13th, 2010
5:53 pm

Tashard Choice is a loser.



December 13th, 2010
6:00 pm

Too funny 2011. I agree. Exactly what is the nuance of covering a man one on one? That’s like saying he’s got to learn the nuance of dunking. Hey, you go up and flush it. Or learning the nuance of making a three point shot. You stand behind the three point line. But, come to think of it, these are probably complicated issues for Hewitt!!

Sanford Drive

December 13th, 2010
6:09 pm

42-34 hahahahahaha!!!


Mike Bobo 17 Int

December 13th, 2010
6:40 pm

A high school team could beat Savannah State! This will be the worst tech team in decades!!


December 13th, 2010
7:23 pm

@ Sanford Drive- Lest we forget 18 of 21 Gators over Dawgs.


December 13th, 2010
7:43 pm

Take away the “hahaha” posts from idiots like Sanford Drive, the retaliatory posts from Tech people stupid enough to respond, and the “Fire Hewitt” posts, and I’ll bet there will be less than 10 overall.


December 13th, 2010
9:06 pm

Those numbers(2.9 points and rebounds) would not be impressive even if they came against upper tier teams, much less the creampuffs of an early season schedule. Unless Hewitt can figure out how to run some semblance of an offense, what little talent we have on hand will continue to be wasted.


December 13th, 2010
11:01 pm

Hewitthater, there is no place for comments like that. I don’t like the performance of the GT basketball team either, but suggesting that someone kill themselves over a game is inappropriate and ludicrous and downright sad on your part.

NoCoach Blewitt

December 13th, 2010
11:02 pm

Who cares??? Eff off Hewitt


December 13th, 2010
11:16 pm

The real problem is that Hewitt shows his true colors by NOT RESIGNING….He is pimping the school and the GTAA for as long as he can. Now you could ask yourself, “Well, who wouldn’t?” and the answer would be : “A man of honor & repute” That’s who.


December 13th, 2010
11:51 pm

Hewitthater, thats just classless. You need help you sick human. I agree that Hewitt needs to step down or D Rad needs to man up and can him but comments like that are uncalled for.


December 13th, 2010
11:57 pm

Im not a Hewitt fan either, and I have been a season ticket holder since 88 until the last 2 seasons. I have emailed D Rad various times pleading with him to relieve Hewitt of his duties. I too will not attend another game until he is gone, but to suggest the man kill himself is just sick…


December 14th, 2010
12:06 am

Some Tech fans make me sick. I hate Hewitt as well but I will never root for my team to lose like half the fanbase. Whata joke.

Kammeon will be fine. Starting PF next year.


December 14th, 2010
12:12 am

Im not rooting for Tech to lose, im rooting for D Rad to make a change so we dont continue to lose. However, as long as Hewitt is the coach we will continue to underacheive just like we have since the loss in the national championship game.


December 14th, 2010
12:46 am

Wow, there are a lot of angsty people that post here… and there are also a lot of dumb GA fans. I think that this team will continue to improve as the season progresses.


December 14th, 2010
1:28 am

I’m less concerned about Holsey and more concerned about perimeter defense. Once again a team shoots 50% or higher from 3 point range against us. A team that shoots 33% for the season. Meanwhile we make 23% of our shots. Against a 1-6 team. Things may get pretty bad in ACC play.

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 14th, 2010
6:10 am

Is Tech still playing basketball? Hadn’t much noticed.

I attended every home game for four years as an undergrad but I haven’t so much as bothered to find out what channel they’re on during the last couple of seasons.


December 14th, 2010
8:07 am

I have been a Hewitt backer until this round. If we are 5-4 on our cupcake diet, I hate to endure the ACC schedule. Dave Braine hurt us…contracts like that should NEVER be written.


December 14th, 2010
8:26 am

The yellow jackets are currently 6 and 3 (5 and 1 against early season “cream puffs” and 0 and 3 against big time teams). They have 22 games remaining (6 against the cream puffs and 16 against the ACC) The roster of 15 players has 11 guards, 2 centers, and 2 forwards and after 10 games, at least 2 months of practice this year, and a red shirt season Kammeon Holsey still doesn’t understand basic defense according to the coach. Of all the things written on these blogs over the past couple of years that is the strongest criticism and best evidence that Hewitt is just to up to coaching in the ACC. To say that a player in his second year on campus and after 10 games played is “lost on defense” is a self proclaimed admission of incompetence as either a coach or a recruiter or both. Hewitt’s one strength (other than the “contract”) has been his ability to recruit good players (unfortunately too many one and done players) but even his recruiting must now be questioned given this teams imbalance in position players and its inexperience. I believe that any Tech win in the ACC with this roster will be an upset and cannot see any result other than last place in the conference, an early exit from the tournament, and a bleak post season. Hewitts record is what it is, his coaching ability is clearly lacking, and his recruiting efforts have failed to produce a suitable roster. y his own admission his players are “lost”. It is clearly time and past time for him to get lost and give DRad a chance to hire a coach who can rebuild a quality ACC team. Hewitt should have taken an honorable exit last spring and gone to St. Johns. Having not done that he should take the honorable route now and resign. Lacking that DRad should start a campaign to buy Hewitt out and fire him.


December 14th, 2010
8:30 am

Dave Braine was a cover your rear end type guy that mailed it in. Gailey and Hewitt are too much alike to be a coincidence. A couple of guys with dolled up resumes that think they are entitled and were allowed to be by Braine. The only reason Hewitt recruits so well is he is in Atlanta, and the ACC. I think of Notre Dame and ‘O’Leary as the opposite of this. Here was a man of substance but no resume. Don’t buy the suit buy the man.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
8:42 am

I can’t seem to get my posts to stick…Doug…any ideas?

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
8:42 am

Oh sure, now that one sticks…wonderful. I have typed out a nice long well thought out post twice now and wasted a half hour of my life. Where are my longer posts!?!?

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
8:43 am

and no…there wasn’t any profanity in the post.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
8:44 am

We’ve been beyond patient, considering ONE winning acc record in TEN years:

2000–2001 Georgia Tech 8–8 T–5th NCAA 1st Round
2001–2002 Georgia Tech 7–9 T–5th
2002–2003 Georgia Tech 7–9 5th NIT 3rd Round
2003–2004 Georgia Tech 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Runner-up
2004–2005 Georgia Tech 8–8 T–4th NCAA 2nd Round
2005–2006 Georgia Tech 4–12 T–10th
2006–2007 Georgia Tech 8–8 T–6th NCAA 1st Round
2007–2008 Georgia Tech 7–9 T–7th
2008–2009 Georgia Tech 2–14 12th
2009–2010 Georgia Tech 7–9 7th NCAA 2nd Round

When we have a lottery pick playing on the blocks we hear, ‘we’re young’…yet…have you seen Kentucky lately?…coaching.
When we have Anthony Morrow, he comes out of high school a 4 star stud…does almost nothing for four years at GT…then breaks records in the NBA within two years…coaching.

We have the most experienced and highly recruited back court that we’ve had in years, so what does that get us with Hewitt’s coaching?

We play against teams who shoot 33% from 3’s for the season, but who then will shoot 50% against us and our good perimeter guys….coaching.

The list goes on and on.

It would take a man of honor to resign and walk away from the money, but it would be the right thing to do. Hewitt knows he is running the program into the ground. He knows we honored him with a gentleman’s contract, which was based on trust and mutual honor. Hewitt needed to resign years ago if he held any respect for the program. Obviously he hasn’t a shred of respect for the program, or he would have let someone else take over, like Bobby Cremins did.

What is the good word? = FIRE PAUL HEWITT!!


December 14th, 2010
8:49 am

Those of you who are saying “man to man defense is simple; you just guard your man” are only proving you never played the game beyond youth or church league, or not at all. There is nothing simple about playing man to man defense at a high level of basketball. You might think about not commenting; you just show your ignorance.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
8:54 am

spectator – Are you suggesting the Hewitt is a good coach?

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
9:13 am

Oh my…

I just did a little digging to find out a little more about Savannah State. This team, who we managed to not blow out, but managed to “hang on” for a ten point victory has the following stats:


I wanted to see how good their players are ranked coming out of high school, but the team isn’t even listed on scout.com….not even listed!

Their overall record is (1-10, 0-8 away).

We beat THIS team by 10 points….this should be a blowout game based just on our talent, with no coaching involved…

Our talent, just to name a few:
Iman Shumpert – 5 star guy from 2008
Mfon Udofia – 4 star guy from 2009
Kammeon Holsey – 4 star guy from 2009
Brian Oliver – 3 star guy from 2009
Glen Rice – 3 star guy from 2009
Jason Morris – 4 star guy from 2010

This level of talent is comparable to any big school in the country, however, shy of the Tar Heels of the world. Savannah State….by ten points…really? If we can’t blow them out…who can we blow out?


Yellow Britches

December 14th, 2010
9:15 am

When Paul Hewitt was hired he promised if nothing else an agressive defense that would pressure opposing teams up and down the floor. He promised we would manage this style by keeping fresh legs in the games with frequent substitutions and by recruiting guys who wanted to play defense. What have we seen over the past ten years? Nothing of the sort. I am on strike until we get a real coach. DRAD, what happens when no one cares about GT sports anymore? Not far off.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
9:17 am

Good point Yellow. We saw tough D (but street ball Offense) for a year or two, but we now make 33% 3 point shooting teams look great by allowing them to shoot over 50%. I wonder what percentage of games we make a team shoot under their season average? That would be interesting.

Fire Hewitt NOW

December 14th, 2010
9:19 am

Program is in awful shape!! Fans should quit going to games all together until he is replaced.

4 Jacks

December 14th, 2010
9:23 am

so Holsey is lost. I got a better one for you Mr. Hewitt (I will not call him coach) is lost and has been lost for at least 5 years. We now know for sure Will Bynam, and Jarrad Jack carried us to the final 4 not the “lost” Mr. Hewitt. If Mr. hewitt loved GT like Bobby did he would except a smaller buyout and resign and let us try to strat repairing our basketball program. He has completely destroyed everything Cremmins had built here, and although Bobb’y last 3 or 4 years were tough he had the character and love of GT to resign by putting the school first instead of himself. Hewitt had a chance last year to go out graciously and accept another job when he knew most here wanted him gone, but no, it is all about Mr. Hewitt and the money. Well Mr. Hewitt, the day is coming and you will rank up there with coaches like Bill effing Lewis as the worst coaches ever to grace the flats. I hope you choke on all that money you do not deserve. Your agenda has ruined our basketball team, and it appears you have no dignity or class at all or you would resign so we can move forward and rebuild this program. Oh yeah, say hey to Dave Braineless while you are counting your money, say how much does he get?

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
9:27 am

4 Jacks – Four cheers for that post my man…well said…thank you!! (Keep it coming!)

Disgusted Jacket from Druid Hills

December 14th, 2010
9:45 am

“Expectations not met 6 years in a row – Time to go.” (Anyone in any organization that doesn’t meet expectations 2 years in a row is automatically gone.) This is the 28th season in a row that I have been a basketball season ticket holder – and the last.


December 14th, 2010
10:13 am

true that spectator….. But still, this kid should have man to man down pat…..


December 14th, 2010
10:26 am

We are in DEEP DO DO….


December 14th, 2010
10:49 am

At a boy Paul, lay the poor play on the players you recruit and coach. It is never the responsibility of the coach or his staff.

Paul in RDU

December 14th, 2010
11:57 am

To be fair to Hewitt, Holsey tore his ACL in August 2009 and was out for a while.
Having said that, after spending over a year in the program, sitting in meetings and watching practices and 2 months into this season, Holsey shouldn’t be “lost on defense”.


December 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

It’s truly laughable at this point. Hewitt is a talent killer. And he doesn’t even recruit well anymore. There’s no one whose talent is remotely close to Favors or Lawal is on the horizon for several years. I used to respect him as a man since many said he’s got a lot of class and never has done anything to embarrass the program outside of the court. But the last straw is not taking St. John’s job. It’s supposed to be his dream to coach in MSG and they’re offering $10 mil contract. That’s even more than his buyout. What this tells me is that he knows he can’t get fired right now. All he has to do is staying 2 or 3 more years and he gets that much money even if he gets let go. He works less and still come out with more money. He knows he’s been getting criticized a lot lately and fans want him to have a better result or leave. Sadly, it’s a lost cause now. I want this team to do well every year. Unfortunately, it probably won’t happen soon. I’ll still cheer for this team and even Hewitt hoping someday a new leader comes in and make this program repectable once again.


December 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

Maurice Miller should stay the point. This is a no brainer. It appears that Coach has thes theory that the point has to a 6-5″ or taller.. Not true. (allah Ty Lawson) If the smaller points are breaking us down off the dribble, we will get beat on D many times and we will be giving up easy hoops. Leave MM at the point and watch the offense improve. That was the key to the ACC tourneyment run last year. Go Jackets.


December 14th, 2010
1:10 pm

Hewitt will turn this thing around.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

Jack – You’re right about that. It’s been another GroundHogDay frustration of mine. 6-4 guys look great getting off the bus (and into the NBA), but if they can’t keep a smaller quicker guard in front of them then it’s stupid to play them at the point. A PG’s main job *IS* to beat you off the dribble, thus your defense has to come help, thus someone ends up wide open, thus the PG dishes for the assist, thus the other team gets an easy shot, thus teams who shoot 33% for the season shoot 50% against us. It’s not rocket science…we all see it…but Hewitt is either too dumb to understand this (unlikely) or too stubborn to adjust to win. I honestly don’t get it…it’s SOO freaking obvious and it kills us year after year…why no adjustment has been made I’ll never know…but one thing is certain………it’s still GroundHogDay with Hewitt.

ga tech 92

December 14th, 2010
1:15 pm

techlogic – Turn what around? He has one winning ACC record in over ten years. It’s been quite long enough to think he would have turned it around by now. He’s had lottery picks, experience, inexperience, every reason/excuse in the book…yet year after year it’s the same thing….underachievement. Don’t hold your breath, ten years is a very good sample to look at for what you can expect.


December 14th, 2010
1:23 pm

Good. Now if his coach will begin to understand the game.


December 14th, 2010
2:16 pm

Richmond is going to blow us out of the Gym.

I feel sorry for the players…kind of. They did choose Phewitt as their “Coach”.


December 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

I emailed DRAD about canning this loser coach and he flat out replied that he WILL NOT fire coach blewitt and even tried to tell me that i should be patient that we now have 4 year type players on the roster?? So now we get guys like holsey who can’t find his rear end around his elbow?? Are these the 4 year kids DRAD? Hewitt couldn’t lead the USMC to a victory over the blind and the deaf. I will never watch a hewitt lead team ever again. He should have gone to SJU because nobody in the right mind will hire him unless it’s the dII ranks.He is horrible. The program is dead until he is gone. Go to a GT home game and look at all the empty seats. ENOUGH SAID

Tashard Choice

December 14th, 2010
3:36 pm

For Sale: Mike Vick autographed glove. $2500 OBO.