Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis gave his thoughts on this year’s crop of basketball coaching hires and put Tech’s Brian Gregory in the category of “under the gun.”
Davis’ rationale was that Gregory doesn’t have recruiting ties to the South and also “the Yellow Jackets are going to be really bad next year.” That said, he also wrote that “I believe Gregory will do a very good job at Georgia Tech because I have known him for a long time and have seen him in action.”
He also said it would help that it would help his cause if he could sign a prominent local recruit to assuage the fan base, which I don’t think will happen this year (not including Milton’s Julian Royal).
He could have also included that Tech will be playing games at Philips and Gwinnett arenas. It probably bears mention that Gregory addressed the recruiting ties issue by hiring two coaches, Josh Postorino and Chad Dollar, with strong ties to the area.
Unrelated, but interesting. Using something called the Efficient Production Index – a formula rating players on their per-possession production — the ACC Sports Journal found Iman Shumpert to be among the most underrated players in the league last season. Shumpert had the second-highest EPI but was second-team All-ACC.
EPI is fairly proficient at identifying top players. Past players with the highest RPI in the ACC were Greivis Vasquez, Tyler Hansbrough, Al Thornton and J.J. Redick.
What do you think?