ATLANTA — Brian Gregory hopes Thursday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game against Miami provides evidence of the improvement he said Monday he has seen in his first year as Georgia Tech’s coach.
Georgia Tech is the No. 11 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament after finishing the regular season 11-19 overall and 4-12 in the league. The Yellow Jackets won two of their past three games, including Saturday’s 69-62 win over Wake Forest.
“We’ve done some good things in the second half of the ACC, there’s no doubt about that,” Gregory said Monday. “We are, as I’d hoped, playing our best basketball of the season right now and hopefully we’ll continue that on Thursday.”
The recent wins came after Gregory suspended leading scorer Glen Rice Jr. for the second time this season. Gregory said Monday that Rice’s suspension, which covered the final five games of the regular season, will continue through the ACC tournament.
Gregory has not said why he suspended Rice, the son of the former Michigan and NBA star. He wouldn’t say if Rice, a junior, will have an opportunity to return to the team next season.
“At this point we’re going to get through the ACC tournament and then that will be determined when the season is over,” Gregory said.
Guard Jason Morris led the Yellow Jackets with 22 points against Wake Forest. Center Daniel Miller and forward Kammeon Holsey also have taken turns as the leading scorer in recent games.
“More has been asked of more guys,” Gregory said. “It wasn’t one person. It was more of a collective ability to pick up the scoring and the rebounding that we lost.”
Holsey said the Yellow Jackets “are still trying to find ourselves” but he says he sees progress.
Georgia Tech hired Gregory from Dayton after firing Paul Hewitt.
Gregory said Georgia Tech has accomplished at least some of the goals he set for the season.
“If you take a step back, there have been some pretty solid foundational aspects put in place that are going to help us down the road,” he said.