ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Travis Jorgenson

Travis Jorgenson

Name: Travis Jorgenson

School: Georgia Tech

Position: Point Guard

Measurements: 6-0/170

From: Columbia, Missouri

High School: Rock Bridge H.S.

AAU Team: KC Pump N Run

RANKINGS:

ESPN: 3-Star | #31 Rated PG

Scout: 3-Star |

Rivals: 3-Star | #32 Rated PG | #138 Overall

247Sports: 3-Star | #45 Rated PG

Quick Thoughts:

Travis Jorgenson is a bit on the small side and his lack of athleticism is noticeable. He has the look and feel of a really good mid-major player, the kind that goes for 30 in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament to upset a higher seed.

Yet, Jorgenson isn’t going to a mid-major. He originally committed to Missouri before backing out and latching on to the Yellow Jackets. So what does he bring to the table?

Jorgenson makes up for his lack of athletic ability with a wicked smart basketball IQ. The one thing that stands out is his patience on the court. He’s got some solid ball handling skills, never presses and rarely turns the ball over. He plays with his head up and is always looking to find a teammate in a good spot for a good shot.

Most of his own points come from deep. He’s capable three-point shooter, playing in a league in high school that used the college three-point line, which should help his adjustment to the next level.

While not the quickest guy on the court, he is capable of turning the corner off screens and has shown to be a crafty scorer near the basket. However, his lack of height and build could be a issue early on, so I suspect he’ll have trouble scoring deep in the paint at the next level. This is why it’s important that he adds a floater and a mid-range shot at the next level.

Freshman Outlook:

Prior to the end of July, it looked like Jorgenson could see some heavy minutes off the bench, with a legit shot to steal the starting point guard spot. The fact was, with Mfon Udofia and Pierre Jordan gone, head coach Brian Gregory had limited options at the point guard spot.

However, Tennessee’s Trae Golden jumped ship and landed in Atlanta. While it is still not clear whether Golden will receive a hardship waiver, I’m going to assume he does and pencil him in as the starter. He has some issues, but as a senior, he’s clearly the best option to run this team.

This leaves Jorgenson battling Poole and Corey Heyward for the minutes off the bench. Poole is a sophomore, so he has a year under his belt, but he’s a scorer more than a distributor, which means he could be more valuable this year as a two off the bench (especially if Chris Bolden is suspended for his DUI).

Heyward is a meaty guard, who is not afraid to get physical. Like Jorgenson, he has a good basketball IQ, but he is also coming off two ACL injuries. My guess is he’s going to need a year under his belt before he truly becomes effective.

This leaves Jorgenson. While it remains to be seen if he is truly ACC material, I like the idea of a cool, calm, patient point guard, capable of knocking down a open look, coming off the bench to give Golden a breather.

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