By Mychal Hunter
It has been a decent week in Atlanta. The basketball team defeated Wake Forest at McCamish Pavilion and scored 92 points in the process.
During that game, a person was spotted in the crowd and once noticed, it spread like wildfire. Former Wheeler High School standout Jordan Usher was in the crowd. Now, after some of the recent recruiting nonsense experienced by Georgia Tech fans, most remained skeptical what this presence meant, if anything. He may have just been taking in a game. Usher had just made it public shortly before the appearance that his intention was to transfer from Southern Cal.
While some schools in GA have been decent to Tech over the years (Shiloh, Marist) others have not been so friendly, Wheeler being the oft-mentioned example. In fact, during the Brian Gregory era, Charles Mitchell transferred to Tech from Maryland and was the first player who attended Wheeler to play for the Jackets in quite some time.
Now there is another…
On Tuesday, Jordan Usher made it official that he was coming home and will finish his career at Georgia Tech:
Usher, who was the 104th ranked prospect in the 2017 class, is a 6’7 wing athlete who can shoot it a little bit. He will have to sit second semester of this year and first semester of the 2019-20 season and will have 1.5 years of eligibility remaining. In 48 career games as a Trojan he averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in just under 17 minutes. He shot just over 37% from deep, which is something the Yellow Jackets are also in need of.
This is a nice addition for Josh Pastner who was drawing fire from fans after missing out on Tech’s main targets for the 2019 recruiting class. The class is currently made up of one player: JUCO David Didenko.
This addition fills up GT for the 2019-20 season assuming Didenko does indeed play for GT and there is no attrition.
It also gives Tech a pretty formidable squad next season. James Banks, Jose Alvarado and freshman Michael DeVoe are a solid core, while Curtis Haywood II, Evan Cole, Khalid Moore and Moses Wright continue to develop. Regardless of 2018-19’s results, Pastner will return for a year 4 (and most likely a year 5) and next year will be his most talented squad since he has been in Atlanta from top to bottom. There will be post season aspirations.