Gregory high on Julian Royal

I haven’t been able to get to this because of football, but men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory spoke with reporters July 30 about the state of the team as its summer workouts concluded. For the first time, the NCAA permitted coaches to work with players on-campus on a limited basis, which Gregory was, naturally ecstatic about. Some notes.

1. Sophomore forward Julian Royal may be the most improved player. You may remember Royal made tremendous progress over the course of the season, showing more effort and willingness to play physically at the end of the season. He also displayed pretty good shooting touch for someone his (6-foot-7) size, to the point that Gregory began calling out-of-bounds plays designed to get him perimeter shots.

Royal has done good work with strength and conditioning coach Mike Bewley in the spring and summer, and the difference in his build is evident.

“You know, one of the biggest things that happens when a guy gets stronger and better conditioned and sees some of the results transferring onto the court, they just gain greater confidence,” Gregory said. “There’s no greater area to build toughness and confidence than in the weight room. I think he’s the perfect example of that and, again, this is just the end of his first year. Next week will mark 12 months and that’s it. So there’s still growth that needs to be done, but he definitely took it to a much greater level this spring and summer.”

2. Freshman point guard Corey Heyward was probably not going to play heavy minutes for Tech, but his torn ACL will impact the Jackets nonetheless.

“Anytime you eliminate depth in your backcourt, toughness and the ability to play multiple positions, it hurts you some, so I think that will hurt us a little bit in our ability to play at a faster pace,” Gregory said. “But I still want to play faster than we did last year. The old John Wooden, ‘Fast, but don’t hurry.’”

Gregory’s preference is up-tempo, but he didn’t have the depth he wanted on the roster to implement that style last season.

“I think we’re still better scorers in the open court when we take quality shots and (involve) our post guys,” he said. “All four of them can really run.”

3. After Moe Miller and Lance Storrs graduated last summer, Derek Craig and Nick Foreman graduated earlier this month, along with former players Zach Peacock and B.J. Elder. Jarrett Jack is two classes shy of his diploma, Gregory said. Gregory loves having former players around the Zelnak Basketball Center and also finishing up their studies for the influence it can have on his team.

Peacock has played two years in Germany. Elder has played in the NBDL and more recently in Greece and Italy.

“That’s what great programs have – those former guys that are still playing,” Gregory said. “Theyre’ still around, using their facilities to work out, and it’s always an opportunity for the young guys to look and say, ‘That’s exactly where I want to go,’ where you have a degree in your hand and you’re also making a living playing.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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August 17th, 2012
2:08 pm


August 17th, 2012
2:16 pm

Cant wait for the new coliseum!!!

Ken Sugiura

August 17th, 2012
2:16 pm


August 17th, 2012
2:35 pm

Gotta love the way CBG welcomes the former players back on campus, as opposed to a certain other BB coach.


August 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Congrats to all of the former players for sticking with it and getting those TECH diplomas. Special kudos to Jack, it would be easy to look at the bank account and NBA pay stub and question the required effort.

Can’t wait to see Royal, Carter, Miller and Holsey rotate in and out down low. That could be the best group of big men TECH has ever had on the same squad.


August 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

I expect to see a much improved team this year.

The new McCamish building will be great. I can’t wait to see it in person.

I believe there will be tours before the first 2 home football games.

Bobby C.

August 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

I like this Gregory fella…

Back on the Flats

August 17th, 2012
4:48 pm

Word on the street is that the GTAA will allow fans to visit the new Indoor FB facility (Brock) before the first two football games (Presby and UVa) and will have open houses for fans to visit McCamish before the next four home football games (Miami, MTSU, BC and BYU). Probably because of construction timing and such McCamish might not be ready.

Kind of a neat thing for Tech fans who want to see where the Jackets practice and play. Hopefully they will advertise it soon.

Bobby C., I also like CBG. He is going to bring us back for sure.


August 17th, 2012
6:29 pm

CBG’s enthusiasm and energy really reminds me of CBC and that in itself makes me a happy fan. No more seeing a frustrated coach simply putting his head in his hands and just sitting there on the bench. No matter how frustrated CBG gets, he seems to always take a deep breath, analyze the situation, and communicate the relevant teaching points to his players.


August 17th, 2012
9:51 pm

CBG is taking this program in a great direction. As a student, his enthusiasm and school spirit is really great to see. I won’t forget seeing him get up there during the UGA game last year and directing the Budweiser song. He’s at any of the sporting events he can make, and he is a really great guy to talk to. And he is leading the basketball program to better days. You can see it in how the players carried themselves last year. Even in the middle of a rough season, they kept playing hard. Even if this year doesn’t result in more wins, I think we will continue to see progress.


August 17th, 2012
10:19 pm

I think we can almost guarantee more wins for GTBB. Just look at who is leaving vs. who is coming, and the natural development (even in a worst case scenario) of those that are staying.

Here's an idea

August 17th, 2012
10:40 pm

Julian needs to help coach establish a Milton high school pipeline for years to come. For all you Milton stars, you should consider staying home and rebuilding a once proud program at GT. Be a part of something special.

Here's an idea

August 17th, 2012
10:41 pm

Coach Boyd might be asking for too much though!

GT Geoff

August 17th, 2012
11:45 pm

Ken after this article I see a Pulitzer in your future

William Casey

August 18th, 2012
12:15 am

Coach Boyd ALWAYS wants what is best for his players.


August 18th, 2012
12:27 am

David Boyd is a sleazeball, and always has been.


August 18th, 2012
1:42 am

Love the players on the team now. I really thought BJ would make an NBA team. But he’s had great success in Europe. It’s great to hear that Jarrett is almost done. Great to hear about moe and the others too.

It’ll be interesting to see what a more up tempo offense means. The team will be deep this year, just young.


August 18th, 2012
7:20 am

And the Pooles are coming a well. One arrives in Jan and the other next November. That should be a big help. Stacey will have been with the team a year when he begins to play so that should be an immediate impact.


August 18th, 2012
7:31 am

STUDENT athletes! I love it. Personally, I’ll take 80-100% graduating over a conference title as these sports are a vehicle to a better life for the young men (and women) who dedicate themselves to not only their sport, but to their futures. That’s why they are there, why they finish what they start.
Congrats to the grads! And let the W/L records take care of themselves.


August 18th, 2012
8:46 am

GT loses to Va Tech, Clemson and UGA. Possible loss to NC.

Overall, GT ends up at 9-3 ranked # 24th and attends the Independnce Bowl vs Tulsa or Baylor. It is what it is gang. This is the football nirvanna that we have dreamed about. Respectability found BUT within a very, very weak conference.


August 18th, 2012
9:30 am

When you read about UNC or the dust up Tech had with the NCAA the real character of these programs get lost in the shuffle. How does it serve the college ranks to have this legacy of ethical higher education drug into the fray while other programs are dealing with guns, criminal activity and high school grade fixing. Can you really imagine a student athlete’s mother or father saying I need for my child to go to a school that has all these problems but is clean in the eyes of the NCAA as opposed to a Tech or Carolina? Professional players returning to finish their degreees, don’t see that on every stop of the tour. And over 90% of us couldn’t get a ACC degree cheating or otherwise so the value is there.


August 18th, 2012
9:31 am

Prediction, college BASKETBALL teams play more than 12 games and don’t go to bowl games. This is a post about the GT BASKETBALL team.

Chuck Allison

August 18th, 2012
11:49 am

Prediction, please read some of the other comments and the article by Ken. You might notice that we are discussing basketball here.

And GT, are you really comparing Tech with UNC?


August 18th, 2012
3:07 pm

I shot up some Julian Royal when I was younger. That stuff does get you mighty high. But of course that’s followed by some slothful lows. In that way, drugs are like the law of thermodynamics. I hope Gregory don’t get too deep on that stuff. It’s powerful.


August 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

Cant wait for the Tech Bball season to start. Looking forward to seeing the Pool brothers play. Hopefully hes the pt guard weve been missing since Jack and Crinnenton. Go Jackets.

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory is looking forward to this year. In particular he’s excited about the impact of sophomore Julian Royal. Royal played better and better as the season rolled on, and apparently his strength and conditioning has Gregory excited about the potential for the coming year. [...]