Welcome back to the work week! As we all pound alka-seltzer, pedialyte, or coffee following the first football Sunday of the season, let’s continue the list of Top Returning ACC basketball players for 2019-20. Today, we are going to talk about Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe, who comes in at #20.
Devoe, a Florida native from the class of 2018, is the highest rated recruit for Georgia Tech during the Josh Pastner era. The Montverde Academy product was the third leading scorer for the Yellow Jackets during the 2018-19 season and second in assists. In fact, Devoe is one of only four ACC freshmen, dating back to the 1992-93 season, to average 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and shoot 39% or better from deep. The other three? Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, and Ky Bowman. That 39% obviously encompasses the entire season, but Mike actually shot it better in ACC play, hitting at 43.8% from behind the arc.
Despite a very nice freshman campaign, there is still plenty of room for improvement. As a freshman, he turned the ball over way too often. Devoe was one of only three guards to play 600 minutes in the ACC last season with a usage rate of 18% or better with a higher turnover rate (18.7% to 19.6%), not a great number.
However, coming into the 2019-20 season, Devoe looks primed to breakout for what could be a bubblelicious Yellow Jackets club. His physique looked much improved during Georgia Tech’s recent trip to Spain, during which he led the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, and he hunted his shot more often which was nice.
Devoe is the shooter that the Georgia Tech program has coveted since Adam Smith graduated in 2016. He is the only Georgia Tech player this decade other than Smith to shoot at least 35% on 100+ attempts from deep in a season. While his percentage is great, the Yellow Jackets are no doubt hoping the volume increases this season (42 made in 18-19), as he develops and grows more comfortable with the college game. It would not shock me to see Mike lead the Jackets in scoring during the 2019-20 season.