Originally created 03/02/05

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side



ATLANTA - One class of players could hold the key to Georgia Tech's hopes of a late-season and tournament run.

The freshmen.

Yes, five of the Yellow Jackets' six leading scorers are seniors and the lone junior, Jarrett Jack, is the team's leader.

A trio of freshmen sparked Georgia Tech to a comeback win against Miami on Saturday, though, and their contributions - and minutes played - could increase as the Yellow Jackets start their march into March.

Jeremis Smith, Ra'Sean Dickey and Anthony Morrow all played 17 or more minutes against the Hurricanes. Dickey and Morrow scored 12 points each while Smith grabbed eight rebounds, including five on offense.

Smith played 24 minutes against the Hurricanes. Dickey split time with center Luke Schenscher, meanwhile, and played most of the final seven minutes as the Yellow Jackets rallied for victory.

Coach Paul Hewitt said fans shouldn't read too much into one game. But he added that those who play well will play often, regardless of class.

"This isn't intramurals here. We're trying to win games," Hewitt said. "It's not a situation where each guy gets his turn to play. If these guys play well, they'll get minutes."

Smith is fast becoming a key contributor since returning from a dislocated kneecap three weeks ago. The power forward from Fort Worth, Texas, plays a contrasting style to McHenry. McHenry is a tenacious perimeter and on-the-ball rebounder while Smith prefers to bang inside.

Reach Adam Van Brimmer at (404) 589-8424 or adam.vanbrimmer@morris.com.