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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report

THE FLATS – More season reviews come in on Jose Alvarado Derrick Favors officially exercises 2022-23 player option for OKC … Michael Devoe shines at G League Elite camp … Draft profile on Jordan Usher … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.

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JOSE ALVARADO SEASON REVIEW

Over a four-month span, Jose Alvarado went from seldom-used underdog with an undrafted pedigree to a vital member of New Orleans’ playoff rotation. He became a player described by two of his most accomplished Pelicans teammates as “fearless” and “unbelievable.” His team’s top basketball executive likened Alvarado to a “gladiator” on the hardwood.

When Alvarado initially went unselected during the 2021 NBA Draft, then signed a two-way contract with New Orleans, not even the 6-foot guard himself could’ve reasonably predicted that by April, he’d be lining up against future Hall of Famer Chris Paul in a heated playoff game. Yet that’s exactly where the Georgia Tech product was this spring vs. Phoenix. Alvarado didn’t crack Willie Green’s rotation until January, but during the first-round series against the Suns, he logged the third-most fourth-quarter minutes on the roster (58).

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Daniel Sallerson and Jim Eichenhofer continue their player recaps with Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado who played in 54 games this season, averaging 9.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 61.6 FG percentage, & 76.6 FT percentage.

Episode Highlights:

  • 8:00 – Jim shares his thoughts on Jose Alvarado’s journey to the NBA.
  • 9:32 – Jim and Daniel discuss Jose being a fan favorite in New Orleans.
  • 11:02 – Jim discusses Jose’s skillset.
  • 16:25 – Jim and Daniel talk about Jose’s defense.
  • 18:38 – Jim shares some of his responses from the twitter poll question about Jose Alvarado.

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ALVARADO EXPLAINS ORIGIN OF SNEAK ATTACK STEAL

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado became a fan favorite this season, and much of that can be attributed to his infamous sneak-attack steals.

Alvarado would often hide on the court when opposing teams inbounded the ball. Once that team started to bring the ball up the court, Alvarado raced over from seemingly nowhere and catch them off guard, forcing the backcourt steal.

The undrafted guard continued to fool teams throughout the season, including in the postseason versus the Phoenix Suns. He eventually robbed Chris Paul in that series, even though the Suns’ vets successfully snuffed out one attempt.

The move by Alvarado made headlines this season, but the 24-year-old has been doing it since playing in AAU. He explained to JJ Redick and Tommy Alter on the “Old Man & the Three” podcast when he began using the move.

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FAVORS OFFICIALLY EXERCISES OKC PLAYER OPTION

Now that the offseason has kicked off for the Oklahoma City Thunder, dominos are starting to fall.

During the 2021-22 season, veteran big Derrick Favors was Oklahoma City’s highest paid player. With that in mind, he had a big decision to make during the offseason.

Favors had until Tuesday afternoon to make a decision on his $10.2 million player option for the 2022-23 season. As first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Favors has decided to opt in to this final year of his current contract.

This was expected, especially after the comments Favors made at the close of the regular season.

“I expect to be back here next year. I’ll probably pick it up,” said Favors on his option last month.

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NIGERIA WITHDRAWS BASKETBALL TEAMS FROM INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will not take part in international competition for two years, the nation’s president said, jeopardizing chances of qualifying teams for the 2024 Olympics.

President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria’s national basketball teams are immediately withdrawing from international competitions.

Nigeria had a roster of mostly NBA players, including former Georgia Tech star and Minnesota Timberwolves player Josh Okogie, Jahlil Okafor, Gabe Vincent, Ekpe Udoh, Precious Achiuwa, Chimezie Metu, KZ Okpala, Miye Oni. Long-time NBA specialist Mike Brown was coaching the team.

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MICHAEL DEVOE WORKS OUT FOR SPURS, SHINES IN G LEAGUE CAMP

Recently, the Spurs worked out Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe.

With Georgia Tech, he was named to the third-team All-ACC honors this past season and ended his college career 12th on Tech’s all-time scoring list.

The 6-5, 197-pound guard averaged 14.6 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per  game, and shot 45-percent from the field and 39-percent from the three-point line.

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LAKERS DRAFT PROFILE: JORDAN USHER

The Los Angeles Lakers have started their annual pre-draft workouts this week. One player the team worked out is Georgia Tech wing Jordan Usher.

Usher averaged 14.8 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game during his senior season. While diving into this 2022 NBA Draft class, I have become very intrigued by Usher and think he would be an excellent fit for the Lakers. Although Usher has only played in the NCAA Tournament once during his five-year college career, he has significantly improved during each college season.

Is Jordan Usher a potential fit for the #Lakers in the second round or as an undrafted free agent? https://t.co/QxeDlh8GSo pic.twitter.com/w1tPEk5cGH

— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) May 16, 2022

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BOSH PARTNERS WITH CRAFT BEER MAKER FOR SPECIAL RELEASE

In celebration of its first anniversary, Dogfish Head Miami teamed up with entrepreneur, philanthropist and NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh to release a limited-edition brew, “Bosh Blonde” on May 22. The special beer, dreamed into existence by long-time friends Chris Bosh and Dogfish Head Founder and Brewer Sam Calagione, will be released at noon to kick start the anniversary festivities.

Bosh and Calagione share a love for the brewing process and wanted to come together to create a one-of-a-kind beer that speaks to Miami locals through infused flavors. Brewed with Florida-grown oranges and fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, the “Bosh Blonde” ale exudes the essence of South Florida leisure: easy drinking with a citrus twist meant to be shared with family and friends. The can itself is designed to reflect the coming together of Chris Bosh and Dogfish Head Miami with vibrant colors and artistic sketches that nod to music, beer and basketball of course.

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#PROJACKETS IN THE NBA/G LEAGUE IN 2023-24

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JOSE ALVARADO
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
7.1 ppg
2.3 rpg
2.1 apg
41.2% FG
Record: 49-33
Standing: 7th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: L1
Last 10: 5-5
JAMES BANKS III
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
5.3 ppg
4.7 rpg
1.5 bpg
54.2% FG
Record: 21-13
Standing: 2nd place, -1.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 8-2
MICHAEL DEVOE
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
13.9 ppg
3.9 rpg
3.1 apg
47.4% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 12th, -9.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 3-7
DERRICK FAVORS
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
6.2 ppg
4.7 rpg
0.7 bpg
66.7% FG
Record: 15-19
Standing: 13th place, -7.0 GB
Streak: L1
Last 10: 4-6
JOSH OKOGIE
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
4.6 ppg
2.6 rpg
1.1 apg
41.7% FG
Record: 49-33
Standing: 6th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: W3
Last 10: 7-3
THADDEUS YOUNG
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
4.2 ppg
3.0 rpg
1.7 apg
60.2% FG
Record: 49-33
Standing: 6th place, -8.0 GB
Streak: W3
Last 10: 7-3

Georgia Tech #ProJackets Eurobasket Report

Courtesy of Eurobasket LLC

Josh Heath (6’1”-PG-1994, graduated ‘2017, plays pro in Belgium) was the major contributor in a Stella Artois Leuven Bears’ victory against the league outsider Kangoeroes (0-1) 95-86 in the Belgian BNXT League in Monday night’s game. He recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 41 minutes. Stella Artois Leuven Bears (1-0) is placed first in the BNXT League. Heath has relatively good stats this year 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.3apg in seven games he played so far.

Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5”-F-1994, graduated ‘2016, plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Mets de Guaynabo (7-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Georges-Hunt’s very good performance the fourth-placed Mets de Guaynabo (7-9) was edged117-115 on the road by the lower-ranked Indios (#5) in the Group B. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds. Georges-Hunt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages 22.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.5apg. Georges-Hunt is a naturalized Virgin Islander.

Experienced Alade Aminu (6’10”-F/C-87, graduated ‘2009, currently in Puerto Rico) led Gigantes de Carolina to a victory against the fourth-ranked Mets (7-9) 83-81 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. Aminu had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. Gigantes de Carolina (4-8) is placed second from the bottom (#11) in Group B. Aminu has very impressive stats this year 18.3ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5apg in six games.

Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995, graduated ‘2018, plays pro in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Bamberg (18-16) crushing them 103-70 in the German BBL in Thursday night’s game. He scored 10 points. ALBA Berlin (27-6) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team’s 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Lammers averages 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9”-F-1994, graduated ‘2019, plays in Israel) was not able to help I.Ramat Gan (20-8) in their last game. Despite Gueye’s good performance I.Ramat Gan lost 61-65 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) E.Kiryat Ata. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gueye also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 35 minutes. It was I.Ramat Gan’s first loss after ten consecutive victories. This year Gueye averages 10.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6bpg and 1.1spg in 18 games.

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

  • Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992) plays for Hapoel UNET Holon in Israeli Winner League
  • Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993) plays for Regatas in Argentinian La Liga
  • Iman Shumpert (6’5”-G-1990) played for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA few monts ago
  • Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
  • Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
  • Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
  • Derrick Favors (6’10”-F-1991) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
  • Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991) plays for Fujian Sturgeons in Chinese CBA
  • Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998) plays for SeaHorses Mikawa in Japanese B1 League
  • Zachery Peacock (6’8”-F/C-1987) plays for FOS Provence Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
  • Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988) plays for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket in French Betclic ELITE ProA
  • Glen Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991) plays for M.Haifa in Israeli National League
  • Brandon Alston (6’5”-G-1995) plays for Decin in Czech Republic NBL
  • Kammeon Holsey (6’8”-F-1990) 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
  • Daniel Miller (6’11”-C-1991) plays for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japanese B1 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
  • 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
  • Shembari Phillips (6’3”-G-1997) plays for EPG Baskets Koblenz in German ProB

Notice: The list above includes only some of alumni playing currently in pro basketball. Check complete list of Georgia Tech basketball alumni.

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