With a frontline featuring two future NBA lottery picks and a backcourt full of talented youngsters, more was expected of the 09-10 Yellow Jackets than a sub-.500 ACC conference schedule and a first-weekend loss in the NCAA tournament, but that’s exactly what Georgia Tech got. Now, with Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal off to the NBA, head coach Paul Hewitt is left with an incomplete roster and a pile of questions. Not that there is a complete lack of talent, as point guard Mfon Udofia will return for his sophomore season and combo-guard Iman Shumpert for his junior. Brian Oliver and Glen Rice are a pair of very capable wings, Jason Morris is a four-star recruit at the three and Maurice Miller will be a steady presence as the backup point, but beyond that there will be a lot to be decided between now and November.

Hewitt does have several available scholarships, so he’ll certainly be scouring the country for unsigned help, and he’ll especially need some frontcourt players, as the options in the paint currently on the roster are limited at best. Center Brad Sheehan looks like he’ll be a starter at this point, and he averaged under eight minutes and two points a game last season. Another option in the frontcourt will be redshirt freshman power forward Kammeon Holsey who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Andrew Miller will be a six-foot-eleven redshirt freshman who is almost a complete unknown at this point. But beyond that, it is likely that the interior players that Hewitt will be relying on next season are not on the roster yet. Or at least, that’s what Tech fans have to be hoping for.

With all that said, the Ramblin’ Wreck will have to rely on their perimeter players for most of their scoring, and they’ll need Shumpert and Udofia to improve their decision-making and leadership for this team to have serious post-season hopes, even given the possible expanded field.

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