Georgia Tech’s Brian Oliver said his broken hand feels better and he’s ready to face Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament.
He suffered a small fracture in the base of the thumb on his non-shooting left hand in the game against Clemson on Feb. 5. He had wires taken out of the hand last week, and was able to participate in the shoot-around prior to the regular-season finale against Miami. He said the hand felt fine after the session.
Coach Paul Hewitt said they won’t put a limit on how many minutes he plays. Much will depend upon Oliver’s conditioning. He said he’s been jogging and doing everything he can to stay in shape. He said the only awkward motion occurs when he tries to dribble with the left hand. He tried to get clearance to play against the Hurricanes, but was denied.
“It’s tough to sit and watch,” he said.
The Yellow Jackets need him. He torched the Hokies’ 2-3 zone for 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting. He wasn’t able to play in the second game.
– Doug Roberson, AJC