Tech’s Oliver to transfer

Georgia Tech basketball player Brian Oliver will transfer, leaving the Yellow Jackets with eight scholarship players for coach Brian Gregory’s first season.

In a press release issued by the school, Oliver, a forward, did not give a reason for leaving Tech.

“We are very appreciative of the two years Brian gave Georgia Tech and this basketball program,” Gregory said in a statement. “Brian is a talented young man and will do well, athletically as well as academically, wherever he lands. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Had Oliver returned, playing opportunity almost certainly wouldn’t have been a problem. Oliver was the third-leading scorer on last year’s team at 10.5 points behind Iman Shumpert (who left school for the NBA draft) and Glen Rice Jr. Further, Tech returns just one other forward, Kammeon Holsey. Incoming freshman Julian Royal, from Milton High, is the only other forward on the roster.

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GTPhenom

June 16th, 2011
6:29 pm

I’m not really sure where this is coming from. He would have easily had playing time next year and when he got hot, he was almost a sure thing outside of the three point line. Injuries and cold streaks slowed him down last year, but the guy certainly had the talent to stay in the starting five. Maybe someone behind him was making it seem like he wasn’t going to be “the guy,” or something like that. Although, now we get to listen to all of the hate from UGA fans saying that Gregory can’t hold onto talent . . .

GTPhenom

June 16th, 2011
6:30 pm

Ah well, either way, gotta thank Mr. Oliver for his time and effort while here at the program. He was dealt a crappy hand having to play under Hewitt for two years, and maybe he just wants to go somewhere for success seeings as this might be another rought B-Ball year . . . Either way, thanks for your time and effort Oliver, we’ll miss seeing you play in the Old Gold and White.

Tommy

June 16th, 2011
6:41 pm

Who is going to miss all of the shots next year with mfon and Oliver gone? How does the ticket office keep a straight face when they call me asking me to pay $300 and risk my life going to philips next year to watch a team that couldn’t win the southern conference?

Paul in RDU

June 16th, 2011
6:47 pm

Good luck to Oliver wherever he ends up. Kids transfer for a variety of reasons but I am sure that we’ll have a bunch of people speculating on here later.

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2011
6:52 pm

Things just keep getting better for Tech… #@%&!

Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
6:53 pm

this is just the start,When a program turns their back on a coach that the year before, made it to the ACC Championship game and won a NCAA game, It exposes the whole program…thats why GT was only able to hire a coach who was basically on the hot seat at Dayton…I know a another big secret that will come out next week also, it involves another Gt player…One of his former teamates play for the GREAT ATLANTA CELTICS and it has been confirmed..All of Gt players hate the GT fan base.Thats why Shump left early also…Next time please don’t let Mark Bradley determine who should be head coach!

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

Seeing as he scored 10 ppg w/ Hewitt, I’m sure now that he’s moving on, he’ll actually develop and score more in his junior season than he did in his sophomore season, more in his senior season than his junior one. Of course, I hope that current jackets will learn that will happen under CBG too.

Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
6:59 pm

@Tokyo jacket
“Seeing as he scored 10 ppg w/ Hewitt, I’m sure now that he’s moving on, he’ll actually develop and score more in his junior season than he did in his sophomore season”

Stupid comments like that is the reason that next week you will be down to 1 guard on scholarship!!….ATl is a horrible sports city and Gt fans are the worst in college basketball!

dagnabit

June 16th, 2011
7:11 pm

Hewitt fans can go north with Hewitt.

Davis

June 16th, 2011
7:14 pm

I laugh at anybody who takes Hewitt Fan seriously. Don’t feed the troll!

GTJACKETS86

June 16th, 2011
7:15 pm

Is someone really on here defending Hewitt…I mean REALLY?? the man couldn’t buy an ACC Win in his tenure. What was he 17-61 on the road in the ACC? It was past time for him to go. So he made it to the ACC Champ game…HE DID NOT WIN. And he made it to the final 4…yes that was great, but this society is a what have you done for me lately. And lately he has not done any thing! Not sure what Oliver is thinking…he would’ve easily started and likely been go-to guy. Oh well. CBG Will be fine, next year will be rebuilding year as expected.

Worm

June 16th, 2011
7:19 pm

Gonna’ be a long season next year…Tech and wake battle for the basement.

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2011
7:20 pm

Hewitt fan, are you on crack? Never once in any highly recruited player’s career did he get substantially better after his freshman year under Hewitt. The only guy I can think of that got better in 10 years is Anthony McHenry, that’s it. Hewitt was causing the GTAA to bleed money and season ticket holders. It’s business dude, plain and simple. And, according to ESPN, we made one of the best off-season hires for a coach since all the “up and comers” decided to stay small market this year.

Now, that said I think CPH is a class dude and I wish him well. I hope a fresh start can help find a rebirth in his career. He’s always been a hell of a recruiter and a good ambassador for Tech.

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2011
7:25 pm

Hewitt fan, for the sake of argument then, tell me who got better under Hewitt’s watch? Jack had skills when he got to Tech. Aminu actually LOST talent under Hewitt (which is why his brother went to Wake). Young, Favors, J-Crit all played street ball for their one year at Tech. Who got better under Hewitt’s watch? The only coaches that were able to recruit more McDonald’s All Americans than CPH are in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Storrs. They won…a lot. Why didn’t Hewitt?

John

June 16th, 2011
7:32 pm

This is what happens when you hire a bad coach. DRad should have forked over whatever Mooney was asking.

collegeballfan

June 16th, 2011
7:38 pm

Eight scholarship players make it tough. But this is a “rebuilding year” because there is a new coach and a new systrem. GT will have a losing record just like UGA had with Fox in his first year.
And Duke with Coach K in his first year.

GT will have 2 scholarship players at each of the five positions.

Will Bobby Parks report? Ken where are we on Parks? Any idea?

Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
7:39 pm

@Tokyo jacket

I really hate arguing with a GT fan, they are so strange, but lets see

1.Big Luc, he came from Australia and could barely run, by his Junior year the ACC refs had to let teams just beat him to a near death to slow him down..He played in the NBA for a short period
2.Mario West, former WALK ON who under Hewitt got better and eventually played in the NBA
3.Will Bynum was horrible at Arizona, Hewitt used him perfect in the pick and roll, currently in the NBA
4. BJ Elder, I KNOW B.J PERSONALLY, from his days with the Celtics, i know for a fact that BJ game improved at GT, you don’t know him, you know Mark Bradley…
Well according to my sources, which is the AAU and high school basketball world, Everyone laughed that Gt fired a coach then hired a guy who had been to the NCAA’s 2 times in 8 years in a weak basketball conference, a guy who offense looked horrible at Dayton and was on the hot seat basically..GT could not fill the job with a decent coach because everyone knows mark Bradley brain washed GT fans…Hewitt found another job and Gt has another coach(lol) so it is over with, All i am saying is that GT will not be able to get any good players in the state for the next 5 years.Gt will have another player transfer either next week or early July..I heard it come out the guy mouth!..
.

GTPhenom

June 16th, 2011
7:44 pm

Lol, give it up Hewitt Fan, everyone on here, hell even half the UGA fans have figured out for fact that you are clearly either stupid or on crack. Or both. You talk big acting like your some hot shot that knows everyone when in truth and reality, you simply dislike being wrong. Thats all I’ll say to you . . .

5150 UOAD

June 16th, 2011
7:44 pm

Hewitt Fan
Tell us your REAL NAME you P..SY. You are a fool. HEWITT SUCKS and it is the REFS fault right? UCLA will be great now right?
If you are so smart and ALL KNOWING please put your NAME on the Blog.

Born2Buzz

June 16th, 2011
7:44 pm

Maybe, just maybe it had nothing to do with the coach, old or new, the program or anything else basketball related. Maybe the young man realized that his chances for success beyond college ball are slim or nil and he realized he wasn’t meant for the GT curriculum. Maybe he wants to go to a college where he can play ball, not have to work his butt off in the classroom and still get a degree.

yes, next year will be a tough year, but probably not as tough to stomach as the last 5 years have been. no, you are not risking your life by coming to Philips arena to watch the games. no, we will not lose every single recruit that was or are associated with the atlanta celtics.

fan of Tech ball

June 16th, 2011
7:48 pm

CBG must be thinking “what was I thinking?”. His job already was to be difficult with all away games-now hardly has enough to practice…

sandysprings jacket

June 16th, 2011
7:50 pm

Hewitt fan nit wit, your hero now resides in DC with the masons, why don’t you go join him there and blog on thier site, you are too stupid to even be a THUGA fan.

5150 UOAD

June 16th, 2011
7:54 pm

sandysprings jacket
June 16th, 2011

He is a Hewitt fan but his real love in the McCray PI.P that used to coach the Atl Celtics and now is a coach at UCLA.
Hewitt fan is headed to the left coast to keep Sniffing ATL Celtic butt.

Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
7:55 pm

@Tokyo jacket

“Aminu actually LOST talent under Hewitt (which is why his brother went to Wake).”

Alade Aminu was never that good, he only took him to get his brother, stop lying, you are not an insider like me..Al-Farouq got arrested his senior year for aggravated assault and trespassing for shooting a woman with a BB gun from a vehicle, he wanted a change of scenery, he barely avoided jail time…, Alade is playing pro ball making good money..All of Hewitt’s former players make good money! But i guess Hewitt does not get credit for that!..i guess all of hewitt former players were NBA players in high school?…The ACC is ran by the refs, It is set up for Duke and NC to be at the top every year..thats why it has been 7 or 8 coaching changes in the last 2 years in the ACC..but i wonder why all the fired coaches get better jobs once they are fired..Haith went to Mizzou, which is a better job, and Hewitt went to George Mason , which is a better job than Gt…

5150 UOAD

June 16th, 2011
7:57 pm

I know HEWITT FAN was told by Coach K @ Duke that is son was too Ghetto, Stupid, and Ugly to play at DUKE. Hewitt fan now thinks Coach K is a bad coach and the Refs love Coach K because Hewitt couldn’t beat DUKE. Yes that is the reason right hewitt Fan!

GTBob

June 16th, 2011
7:58 pm

lol. I knew when I heard this news that Hewitt Fan would be all over it. Thanks for the entertainment man!

As for Oliver, it happens. Best of luck to him. He played hard, and it was unfortunate that he didn’t have anyone to teach him how to play basketball.

sandysprings jacket

June 16th, 2011
8:02 pm

Hewitt fan, the only thing inside about you is that your head is inside your arse. No one questioned PU’s recruiting although it yielded very little tangible results when the game began. Good recruiting does not equal good coaching, all those guys would have ended up in the league w/o PU anyways.

5150 UOAD

June 16th, 2011
8:02 pm

HEWITT FAN and UGA has more players in the NFL, but RICHT & BOBO can’t coach for CHIT either. Who cares what Hewitt’s players are doing in the NBA? He couldn’t get them to do it in the ACC. I know it is all the refs fault and the Tech fans didn’t yell at the refs enough. We have all heard your crying BullS..t.

StingerSplash

June 16th, 2011
8:05 pm

I was so hoping we would be through with the mindless ramblings and incoherent defense of Hewitt that HewittFan brings to the table once Tech finally showed that fool the door.
AAU basketball is a cesspool of shady characters, hangers-on and manipulators. Hewitt was the most overmatched coach in ACC history not named Dino Gaudio. All that talent, even the ones he allegedly made better (I just threw up in my mouth) and he has as many ACC titles as the coach from Teen Wolf.
Zero!
Elder was already a big time prospect. Bynum wasn’t exactly chopped liver when he got to Tech. West was a 20 point per game scorer in high school at Douglas County, playing in a good region. Schenscher was a project who progressed to serviceable. When you’re 7 feet tall and the NBA doesn’t really want you, what does that tell you? Slow him down? Really? That might be the most laughable contention ever posited by Hewitt Fan. And that’s saying something.
Hewitt’s gone and all are glad, except Hewitt Fan. Go grab some time behind the George Mason bench and watch the program circle the drain and collapse into free fall.
George Mason boosters should ask for a sanity test for the AD who said Hewitt was known “as a good X and O guy.” Apparently, he spoke to no one who watched Tech basketball for the last decade. In 11 ACC seasons, Hewitt’s teams had losing conference records 7 times.
Buh. Bye.

Not a Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
8:07 pm

Itll take two maybe three years, then the stink of hewitt and the NOT-SO-GREAT Atlanta celtics sgould be gone. their coach is going to UCLA, Hewitt is at George mason and now the boys on norht ave can focus on the future. No more street ballers who can hit FT’s, no more blaming refs and Duke. Its time for Ga Tech BBall to get right. Thank God its all over.

Not a Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
8:07 pm

correction CANT hit Ft’s…my typing is horrible tonite.

Hewitt Fan

June 16th, 2011
8:08 pm

@GTPhenom
“Lol, give it up Hewitt Fan, everyone on here, hell even half the UGA fans have figured out for fact that you are clearly either stupid or on crack. Or both.”

Damn, i am on crack because Gt hired a coach that had been to the NCAA’s 2 times in 8 years?..that kind of attitude is why GT is in the shape they are in, with 5 scholarship players and a horrible coach who no AAU coach in the state would dare send a kid to play for..
@5150 UOAD

how are you?..long time no chat, it looks like you still have your tampon in too far, just relax, After next week transfer news, and the fact that Gt will not get any player ranked in the top 25 in GA for a couple years, Gt will be back to winning ACC titles, well, GT has only won 1 out right so never mind,
I talked to Coach Mc 2 days ago, UCLA is going to be awesome, they play in a solid conference where the refs let the kids play, Right now 3 of our top players on the senior team is now thinking UCLA very hard…take it easy man, enjoy life, I know i am!..

hewitt fan cleans toilets at mcdonalds

June 16th, 2011
8:11 pm

this is the same guy who was posting in ebonics and bragging that his ‘white’ wife had a gt degree. yes that guy.

i dare say that he had the same relationship with phewitt that anthony wiener had with that porn star….. i guess that when he text’d phewitt he got goose bumps all over.

what else would you expect from a guy that name drops more than he drops fries on the floor.

hey phewitt fan…. the reason we couldnt get a high name coach is because your best boy friend destroyed our program and took 7 million bucks as he slithered out the door.x

last time i looked the ‘thriller dome’ did just fine when we had a coach that could put a good product on the floor.

now go clean up stall no 4 in the mens room before you get canned.

GTBob

June 16th, 2011
8:16 pm

Brian Oliver’s stats:

Freshman Year – FG% .394 3PT% .380
Sophomore Year – FG% .360 3PT% .286

If Hewitt had stayed then who knows how low Oliver might have gone.

ebonics i tell you...

June 16th, 2011
8:18 pm

‘The ACC is ran by the refs….. ‘

‘3 of our top players on the senior team is now thinking’

next thing you know he will be ‘axing’ us to leave phew alone

ebonics i tell you…. ebonics.

5150 UOAD

June 16th, 2011
8:36 pm

UCLA awesome?
What did somebody did up Wooden?
The Atl AAU coach will have nothing to do with UCLA getting good. The Refs will just spoil McCray’s time in the PAC 10? 12? 27? Hell the PAC whatever. He will still SUCK. and G. Mason will SUCK even more. HEWITT can’t coach his lil Hewitt to come out of his pants when it is time to pee.

GT 1

June 16th, 2011
8:39 pm

I see Gregory is already setting the tone for Tech, whos next to bail ?

2HLLWGA

June 16th, 2011
8:49 pm

So we don’t really know what goes on in the locker room. Sometimes it is better to let people go.

Buzz Me

June 16th, 2011
8:58 pm

Bet he ends up at George MAson.

DOGFAN

June 16th, 2011
8:58 pm

People….People… We are family…. enough of the fighting………………….go dawgs…………

Always a Jacket

June 16th, 2011
9:00 pm

Brian, thanks for your 2 years at Tech. If you are not bought into the new system, then you should move on and good luck to you.

Coach Gregory will need time to get his system and players in place. I will be at the games now that Hewitt is gone, one or more transfers is not the end of the program. Hewitt was the death of the program. Gregory has a tough challenge ahead.

GT21

June 16th, 2011
9:02 pm

This is a start-over project anyway. Did anyone really think this was going to be a good year for Tech Basketball? I am excited about the new coach. I am just REALLY glad Hewitt is gone!! A good coach would have benched Oliver long ago 36% field goal shooting…pitiful…

Worm

June 16th, 2011
9:03 pm

Hewitt fan has AAU connections..That said, he doesn’t know jack and can’t evaluate talent..It’ll be refreshing to see the NCAA shutdown AAU ball…Bunch of thug coaches who hope to rise and leach off one good player…Good ridance AAU!

Outside Observer

June 16th, 2011
9:07 pm

I wish Hewitt fan could explain how Anthony Morrow, one of the best 3 point shooters in NBA history, could go undrafted after having a less than stellar career at GT? Maybe the “fantastic” coach didn’t let him take enough 3 pointers in college? So much wasted talent… Also, Mario West is one of the hardest working players to ever put on a GT uniform. He made the Hawks because of his work ethic. Paul Hewitt had NOTHING to do with the guy’s work ethic…. Hewitt fan, can you tell me how many winning seasons Paul Hewitt had in the ACC? I will give you a hint. It’s greater than zero and less than two. I know you have your conspiracy theories about Duke and UNC, but with those two making up only four games a season, max, why did Paul Hewitt fail to have more than one winning season in the ACC? Lack of talent? If he was constantly recruiting from “The Great Atlanta Celtic Program,” then talent obviously can’t be the issue. Could it be the coach wasn’t very good?

Milledgeville DAWG

June 16th, 2011
9:08 pm

I love it. Can’t blame him, does not want to be on a 20 loss team.

Outside Observer

June 16th, 2011
9:09 pm

On a side note, thank you Brian Oliver for two solid seasons. We wish you the best in the future.

Jo Bling

June 16th, 2011
9:11 pm

B.J. Elder stats:

PPG: Fresh 9.9 Soph 14.9 Jun 14.9 Sen 12.6

Same story with all the rest of his stats. He got progressively worse over the course of his career and is a key reason we weren’t even competitive in the championship. As a freshman and sophomore he appeared to be a shoe-in first-round draft pick. But after four years of mostly underperforming, he never got past the D-League.

Anyone who would argue that Hewitt’s record at Tech isn’t as disastrous as it seems, and that he actually improved the talent under him despite all of the empirical evidence to the contrary, is a complete fool.

Tokyo jacket

June 16th, 2011
9:17 pm

Hewitt fan, I’ll give you Mario West. His D got WAY better under Hewitt’s watch. But, to answer your other comment, YES, most of Hewitt’s players were NBA quality out of high school.

I’m done arguing…at no point have you made anything close to a coherent point, we are all dumber for having ready your comments, and may God have mercy on your soul.

BIG BEE

June 16th, 2011
9:37 pm

I thought this was about B. Oliver and not CPH. HUH?

Tommy

June 16th, 2011
9:50 pm

UCLA will be on probation in two years dealing with the Celtics. Hewitt lost 3 scholarships over the last 3 years by recruiting those guys who could care less about school and quit going to class after one semester like the great LewisClinch