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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report

THE FLATS Jose Alvarado, Josh Okogie and Thaddeus Young are all in opening-round series with higher seeded teams in the NBA playoffs … Alvarado is invited to play for the Puerto Rico national team … Young’s Reform Ventures continues to invest in high tech … Michael Devoe named MVP at Portsmouth Invitational … Marcus Georges-Hunt reflects on fun G League season back home … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.

PLAYOFF PICTUREJose Alvarado and the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans have forged a 1-1 tie with the top-seeded Phoenix Suns … Josh Okogie and the No. 7-seed Minnesota Timberwolves are tied 1-1 with the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies … Thaddeus Young and the No. 5-seed Toronto Raptors have fallen behind 0-2 to the No. 4-seed Philadelphia 76ers.



Making his career playoff debut on Sunday (April 17) was Pelicans rookie point guard Jose “Grand Theft ” Alvarado, who has made a name for himself for the sneaky steals he gets during games with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Alvarado, who is Puerto Rican-Mexican, just signed a 4-year, $6.5 million contract with New Orleans after splitting his time with them and its NBA G League affiliate team. During the regular season, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. In 54 games, he averaged 15.4 minutes of playing time and shot 45 percent from the floor.

He was below those numbers during his first playoff game, but fans are looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the rest of the series as it continues with Game 2 on Tuesday (April 19) and Game 3 on Friday (April 22). Until then, here are a few facts about Jose Alvarado that you might like to know before he hits the court again.

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A new report suggests that during last year’s pre-draft workouts, the Los Angeles Lakers were very impressed by the potential of point guard Jose Alvarado.

Alvarado, who played collegiately at Georgia Tech, ended up going undrafted before signing to play for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Despite not signing Alvarado, the Lakers were still able to find an undrafted gem of their own in Austin Reaves. Reaves closed out his college career at the University of Oklahoma.

Both players put up modest numbers during the 2021-22 regular season. Reaves averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while Alvarado averaged 6.1 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest.

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The Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico (FBPUR) announced on Thursday that the New Orleans Pelicans player of Puerto Rican descent, Joseph Alvaradowill join the entity’s adult program and He will debut with the national team in the next FIBA ​​qualifying window to be held next summer in Puerto Rico.

According to a statement sent by the FBPUR, playing in the Puerto Rico uniform was something that the basket player had on the agenda.

”I am super excited to belong to the Puerto Rico National Team. Many thanks to Carlos Arroyo and to the entire team of the Basketball Federation for this great opportunity to represent my people. Boricua, baby! “Let’s have some fun,” said José Alvarado.

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Wily veteran Thaddeus Young has played solidly for the Raptors since he was acquired at the deadline from the San Antonio Spurs. He’ll continue being a part of the rotation that can count on him being reliable in a defensive scheme that is surely going to change by the moment.

The most common 3-man lineup that Young has been a part of as a Toronto Raptor involve both Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa. The wildness that those two bring to the table can be offset by the steady presence of Young, especially with his ability to move the ball on offense.

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Following trades from the Bulls to the Spurs in August and then to the Raptors in February, well-traveled forward Thaddeus Young is playing for his seventh NBA team and is in the playoffs for the 10th time out of 15 pro seasons—as Toronto takes on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of their opening round series tonight. Young, who won the league’s 2020-21 Hustle Award, has been as steady a contributor as anyone in the league, averaging about 12 points and a half-dozen rebounds per game.

A former first-round pick by the Sixers following one season at Georgia Tech, Young later completed both a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA through Union Institute & University. The 33-year-old has become a prolific investor in residential and commercial real estate and founded Reform Ventures, which has made several dozen investments.

One of Young’s most recent investments was in Plantiga, which makes instrumented insoles to capture movement data. That joined a long list of his other sports tech investments including Tonal, Shoot 360, ShotTracker, DraftKings, Therabody, Dapper Labs and Epic Games, as well as other blue-chip companies such as Coinbase, Airbnb, Pinterest and SpaceX.

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With 25 points in the championship game, former Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe was named MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Saturday night as he led his team to the title of the pre-draft showcase event.

Devoe completed a strong three-game showing before scouts as he seeks to build his reputation in the run-up to the NBA draft. In the historic pre-draft tournament in Portsmouth, Va., Devoe scored 54 points with 21 rebounds, 17 assists against eight turnovers and seven steals.

The event brought together 64 draft prospects, mostly players who likely won’t be drafted but are angling for attention. Devoe was joined by former Yellow Jackets forward Jordan Usher. In three games, Usher scored 28 points on 11-for-28 shooting with 18 rebounds, eight assists against two turnovers and three steals.

-From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Everything for Marcus Georges-Hunt is about staying calm.

His basketball journey has taken him around the world, from the gym at North Clayton High School to playing professionally over 7,000 miles away in China and now, amazingly, right back where it all started with the College Park Skyhawks in Clayton County.

But no matter where he was playing or who was in front of him, one thing was always the same.

“Someone once told me that if the house was burning down I would say, ‘Stay calm and we’ll get out,’” Georges-Hunt said. “I don’t like to panic; in my opinion, panicking makes things worse. Even when I play the games, I just want to stay efficient. As far as field goal percentages and all of that, I don’t force anything. I just stick to my game, and that’s it.”

The variables changed, but he did not.

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Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Number: 15
NBA Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Status: Active
6-0, 179 lbs
2023-24 Stats
7.0 ppg
2.2 rpg
2.0 apg
40.6% FG
Record: 47-32
Standing: 6th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 5-5
Team: Maine Celtics
Number: 5
G League Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-20
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-10, 250 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.5 ppg
5.3 rpg
1.7 bpg
54.2% FG
Record: 21-13
Standing: 2nd place, -1.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 8-2
Team: Memphis Hustle
Number: 10
G League Experience: 2nd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Status: Active
6-4, 183 lbs
2023-24 Stats
14.8 ppg
3.8 rpg
3.0 apg
47.4% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 12th, -9.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 3-7
Team: Windy City Bulls (G League)
Number: 14
NBA Experience: 12 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-9, 265 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.6 ppg
4.6 rpg
0.7 bpg
66.7% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 13th place, -7.0 GB
Streak: L1
Last 10: 4-6
Team: Phoenix Suns
Number: 2
NBA Experience: 5 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
Status: Active
6-4, 213 lbs
2023-24 Stats
4.7 ppg
2.6 rpg
1.1 apg
41.4% FG
Record: 46-33
Standing: 7th place, -9.0 GB
Streak: L2
Last 10: 6-4
Team: free agent
Number: 30
NBA Experience: 16 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Status: Active
6-8, 235 lbs
2023-24 Stats
4.3 ppg
3.2 rpg
1.8 apg
60.6% FG
Record: 46-33
Standing: 7th place, -9.0 GB
Streak: L2
Last 10: 6-4

Georgia Tech #ProJackets Eurobasket Report

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Experienced Alade Aminu (6’10”-F/C-1987, graduated ‘2009, plays pro in Iran) could not help Chemidor (18-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Chemidor (18-2) was edged84-82 on the road by the leading Gorgan in the Group E. Aminu had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 37 minutes. Aminu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 15.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.8spg in 13 games he played so far.

Joshua Heath (6’1”-PG-1994, graduated ‘2017, plays in Belgium) was not able to help one of league’s weakest teams Stella Artois Leuven Bears (5-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Heath’s good performance Stella Artois Leuven Bears was edged76-74 in Den Bosch by the second-ranked Den Bosch. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Heath also added 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the BNXT League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Heath has relatively good stats this season 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.4apg and 1.7spg.

Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993, graduated ‘2016, currently in Argentina) led Regatas to a victory against the 17th-ranked La Union (14-24) 98-87 in the Argentinian La Liga on Monday night. Mitchell recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only a mere 12 minutes. It was his first game for Regatas this season. His team is placed sixth in the La Liga. It was his team’s fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It’s Mitchell’s first year with the team.

Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992, graduated ‘2016, plays pro in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hapoel UNET Holon’s victory against the closely-ranked SIG Strasbourg (3-2) 81-80 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night’s game. Smith scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Hapoel UNET Holon (4-2) is placed first. It’s Smith’s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg.

Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998, graduated ‘2021, plays in the NBA) contributed to a New Orleans Pelicans’ victory against the San Antonio Spurs (34-48) 113-103 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans have 36-46 record this season. It’s Alvarado’s first year with the team. This year Alvarado averages 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in 57 games.

Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988, graduated ‘2010, currently in France), who plays in the French Betclic ELITE ProA was not able to secure a victory for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (1-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket was crushed104-73 in Nanterre by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#10). Lawal recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season 13.6ppg and 6.1rpg. Lawal is a naturalized Nigerian.

Brandon Alston (6’5”-G-1995, graduated ‘2019, plays pro in Czech Republic) helped Decin win their game against the eighth-ranked Hradec Kralove 91-80 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night’s game. Alston scored 14 points in 21 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in nine games.

Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998, graduated ‘2019, plays in Japan) helped SeaHorses Mikawa win their game against the fifth-ranked Akita NH 78-75 in the Japanese B1 League last Sunday. He scored 6 points. This season Schafer averages 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized Japanese.

Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988, graduated ‘2007, currently in the NBA) couldn’t help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. He cannot count Monday’s game as one of the best ones. Young scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 97-112 in the NBA. This year he averages 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 27 games.

Daniel Miller (6’11”-C-1991, graduated ‘2014, plays pro in Japan) managed to help Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo to win against the tenth-ranked Shiga L-Stars crushing them 96-74 in the Japanese B1 League in Saturday night’s game. Miller scored only 2 points. This season he averages 4.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg.

Other former Georgia Institute of Technology players, who play in pro basketball:

  • Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995) plays for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
  • Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
  • Derrick Favors (6’10”-F-1991) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
  • Iman Shumpert (6’5”-G-1990) played for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA few monts ago
  • Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991) plays for Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA
  • Zachery Peacock (6’8”-F/C-1987) plays for FOS Provence Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
  • Glen Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991) plays for M.Haifa in Israeli National League
  • Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5”-F-1994) plays for College Park SkyHawks in the NBA G League
  • James Banks III (6’10”-F/C-1998) plays for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
  • Moses Wright (6’9”-F-1998) plays for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
  • Kammeon Holsey (6’8”-F-1990) plays for College Park SkyHawks in the NBA G League
  • Anthony McHenry (6’8”-SF-1983) plays for Shinshu BW in Japanese B1 League
  • James White (6’9”-F-1993) played for Mauricio Baez in Dominican Rep. TBS last year
  • Evan Jester (6’7”-F-1999) plays for New Bayazet in Armenian Caucasus BL
  • Robert Sampson (6’8”-F-1992) plays for Yamaguchi in Japanese B3 League
  • Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9”-F-1994) plays for I.Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
  • Shembari Phillips (6’3”-G-1997) plays for EPG Baskets Koblenz in German ProB
  • Will Bynum (6’0”-PG-1983) played for Bivouac in the Big3 last year
  • Jarrett Jack (6’3”-G-1983) played for Trilogy in the Big3 last year


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