Portal Possibilities for Georgia Tech Hoops
Now that we’ve taken a look at the returning players and the positions where the roster needs help, let’s look at some of the players that Georgia Tech has contacted in the portal. Contacting a player doesn’t necessarily mean that player has been offered. The players contacted in the growing portal should continue to evolve as we move forward. April will be a big month for visits and decisions.
Georgia Tech will most likely look to add an additional guard to the 2022 roster. The Jacket staff has contacted more portal players at this position than any other. There are some interesting options if they show interest in Georgia Tech.
Andre Curbelo – The former Illinois point guard missed 9 games in the beginning of the season with a concussion. He was on the Wooden preseason top 50 watch list. The Jackets have a lot of good options at the point, and he is one of them. He played 2 years at Illinois. Clemson, Gonzaga, Pitt, St Johns, and Texas A&M are some of the other teams that have contacted him.
Shane Dezonie – The 6’4” Vanderbilt guard is one of the latest to hear from Tech having hit the portal on the 28th. He originally committed to Arizona in the 2021 class before Sean Miller left. He can shoot the three but is not known for his ball handling skills. He hit 14 of his 25 three point attempts this season. Xavier may now be a player with the Miller hire.
Ithiel Horton – The Pitt 6’5” guard missed the first 18 games of the season due to a legal matter. He averaged 9.8 points and 6. 3 rebounds in the latter half of the season while shooting .379% from three. Horton has one year of eligibility left. He has also been contacted by LSU and Arizona State. He had 10 points in the matchup against Tech.
Nelly Cummings – The 6’4” Colgate guard is in the portal as a grad transfer. He averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 36% from the three. Of note Cummings scored 20 points in an opening round NCAAT game against Wisconsin. Pitt did an in-home with Nelly earlier this week. He is a Pittsburgh native and they are probably the favorite.
Camren Wynter – The 6’2” Drexel Dragon will have one year of eligibility. He averaged 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists this season. Wynter has already had 20 plus schools contact him. Among them are Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, and Pitt. Camren is a Hempstead, NY native.
Jason Roche – The Citadel freshman led the NCAA freshmen with 110 threes while shooting 39.7%. He scored 27 against Pitt in the Citadel upset win. Roche finished the season averaging 13.2 points a game. . Pitt is doing a zoom call with him. Missouri, Stanford, and Texas A&M are also showing interest.
Finding a wing out of the portal is a must for Coach Josh Pastner and his staff. Deebo Coleman will be the lone wing returning for the 2022/23 season. This is one position in the portal that should be easy to fill. As with the guards, here are a few of the options and players that Tech has contacted.
Jusaun Holt – The former Alabama and Roswell St Francis wing is a portal player to keep an eye on. Georgia Tech went after the 2021 6’6” wing hard the first time around.
Will Richard – The former Belmont Bruin averaged 12.1 points and 6 rebounds a game as a true freshman. The 6’5” Richard could play wing or guard. He scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in his final game, an NIT loss to Vanderbilt. Richard played his high school ball at Woodward Academy. Clemson, Florida, Texas, and Wake are the competition for Richard.
Hayden Brown – The 6’5” Citadel transfer averaged 18.8 points and 9.5 rebounds this past season. In the Citadel game against Pitt, Brown scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Close to 20 schools had contacted Brown. His final three are Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Loyola, Chicago. Brown is from Greer, South Carolina.
It will be interesting to see the Jackets staffs’ approach to finding frontcourt help. Rebounding and defending may play a bigger role in who they recruit than scoring.
Kalu Ezikpe – The 6’8” former Old Dominion forward is another of the Atlanta area players. Kalu played at Discovery in Lawrenceville. He averaged 11.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and blocked 36 shots in 30 starts. He has already visited Western Kentucky and will be at Cincinnati next week. He also plans to visit Georgia Tech and Georgia but hasn’t set up dates for those visits. Ezikpe has one year of eligibility.
Manny Bates – The 6’11” North Carolina State center was selected to the ACC preseason first team before his season ended with a shoulder injury. Georgia Tech is one of 15 plus schools that has reached out to Bates. Georgetown is among those schools and was a finalist before he selected State. ACC schools Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have also reached out to Bates.