March 22, 2021
BY DAN MATHEWS
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – It’s over. But be happy about what happened.
2020-21 seemed like a make or break year for Josh Pastner as the head coach at Georgia Tech. He passed the test this year and I believe has renewed confidence in his abilities.
He had a veteran team that he was able to get to stay for all these years. Their patience was rewarded with Moses Wright being named the ACC Player of the Year. Plus, Jose Alvarado the conference’s defensive player of the year. Michael Devoe became one of the better scorers in the conference. Jordan Usher raised his play in the toughest spots at the end of the season.
Yes, there was sadness as time expired in their 71-60 loss to Loyola-Chicago on Friday. As we saw on Sunday, there is nothing to be ashamed of, for losing to the Ramblers.
There was obviously sadness for the Jackets realizing that their best chance to add to a historic season had just ended. Many of their top performers look like they’ll be ending their college careers. If they do, applaud them for the work they did on the floor and make room for those who will take their place.
I think there needs to be regained confidence in Josh Pastner. He just pulled in the ACC’s third best signing class for 2021. I believe he’s also shown prospective transfers that Georgia Tech can become a great home for their abilities. With the possible institution of the one-time transfer exception, the Yellow Jackets could be in for a busy offseason.
The foundation for the program to get back to this point is still in place. Who knows? Maybe Alvarado runs it back in 2021? It didn’t seem like he’d ruled out that possibility on Friday. Only time will tell.
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