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Georgia Tech Suspends Bolden

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets suspended junior shooting guard Chris Bolden prior to the Clemson game Monday night.

From head coach Brian Gregory:

“He has been suspended for not adhering to the standards of our program. We have high expectations for our student-athletes, and he has not met those expectations. At this time, it’s an indefinite suspension. That’s the only comment I am going to make on it, and we will probably make a comment on it later on.”

If you’re hoping for a more specific reason, don’t hold your breath. If memory serves, Gregory also suspended former players Solomon Poole and Glen Rice Jr. and I don’t recall ever getting a detailed reason why. However, I’m sure Bolden’s leash was short after getting a DUI before his sophomore season.

Bolden came to Tech as a scorer, but he never really got better, becoming more of a jump shooter, despite the fact his 3-point shooting percentage hovered around 30% for his career. He was going through a wicked cold shooting streak through ACC play, but seemed to find his groove a couple weeks back against Duke and Wake Forest, as he scored 30 combined points, hitting 8-13 from deep. However, in his last two he again struggled, hitting just 2-9 from three.

At this point, I would be shocked if Bolden returned to Georgia Tech after this indefinite suspension.

So where does this leave the Yellow Jackets?

Losing their starting shooting guard, a position they are extremely thin at right now, isn’t a big deal, as Georgia Tech’s season is just about done. Tadric Jackson is the only other true two on the team and he played 29 minutes against Clemson. He didn’t shoot well, scoring four on seven shots, but he played solid defense and dished out a team high five assists.

Unlike Bolden, he’s not a threat from deep. In fact, he’s pretty awful, hitting just 9 of his 65 attempts (only four of those made 3’s have been in ACC play). However, he’s a gifted athlete, a good ball handler, who can create some havoc once he has the confidence to attack. Maybe being a starter will give him that confidence boost.

The issue will be moving forward. Travis Jorgenson remains at the point, but coming off the bench, Gregory now only has Josh Heath (who played well against the Tigers) and Corey Heyward, the only guard in the ACC who doesn’t shoot threes (technically he’s taken nine three pointers, making two). Marcus Georges-Hunt can switch over to the two if Tech wants to go big and that might be a good option headed into next year, because right now, the Yellow Jackets have zero guards signed for next year.

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