Tech's margin for error may improve in year two, says Pastner; Jackets' players confident as practice gets going
Tech’s senior guard made a significant jump in contribution in 2016-17, looking to make a similar leap as a senior
Josh Okogie scored a game-high 22 points, Jackets reach first NIT championship game since 1971
Georgia Tech 65, Boston College 54
Photos from Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh at the ACC Tournament on 3/7/17.
March 4, 2017
USATSI Gallery - Boston College @ Georgia Tech
USATSI Gallery - No. 14 Notre Dame @ Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech vs. No. 6 Florida State January 25, 2017 Men's Basketball
Top guard in the state of Georgia who has missed only two games in three seasons at Tech and started 12 ... Developed into a top reserve capable of high-scoring games with the ability to carry the team for stretches ... Left-handed guard with the ability to score in a variety of ways, explode to the basket, create for others, and defend with intensity ... Has made the ACC All-Academic team both of his years at Tech ... Came to Tech on the heels of winning a class 6A state championship with Tift County High School and being named all-class Player of the Year in the state.
2016-17 - Game-by-Game Statistics
One of the top sixth men in the ACC, averaging 12.1 points (third on the team) while hitting 44.6 percent from the floor and 32.5 from behind the three-point line (came into the season with career norms of 5.0 ppg, 32.2 pct. FG and 21.9 pct. on 3s) ... One of only four reserves in Tech history to average in double figures, had the highest average since Glen Rice, Jr. (13.0 ppg) in 2011-12 ... Named to the NIT all-tournament team after averaging 14.0 points in the tournament and scoring 31 total in the two games in New York (12-22 FG, 3-6 on 3s) ... Runner-up for the ACC's Sixth Man Award ... Established career highs for a season in every statistical category ... Surpassed 700 points for his career against Indiana ... Reached double figures in 23 games, including 11 ACC games ... Had 13 double-figure efforts in Tech's last 16 games, including 20-plus points four times - 20 (9-17 FG) at Notre Dame, 20 (8-15 FG) vs. Syracuse, a career-high 29 vs. Boston College and 25 vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 28) ... Hit 12 of 21 shots from the floor (both career highs) vs. BC ... 20 of his points came in the second half as Tech rallied from an eight-point deficit ... Second-most points by a reserve in the ACC this season ... Hit 11 of 19 from the floor in Tech's win over Notre Dame ... Grabbed the rebound off the Fighting Irish's last-shot miss and fed Josh Okogie for the game-winning basket ... Scored seven points in Tech's 15-2 run to take control of the game in the first half ... Scored 24 points in Tech's overtime win at VCU in December, 19 of those points came after halftime, including a three on the OT period
2015-16 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Averaged 4.7 points per game, sixth on the team, and hit 27.7 percent on threes ... Converted 46.2 percent from inside the arc ... Last 4 games of the season: 6.8 ppg, 10-for-14 from the floor, 4-for-7 beyond the arc ... Five double-figure games in 2015-16 ... Scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting against Virginia in the ACC Tournament ... Put two quality games back-to-back - season-high 15 points vs. Duke followed by 13 vs. Miami ... 11-for-22 from the floor combined ... 0-for-6 on threes vs. Duke, but went 2-for-4 vs. Miami ... cored 14 points at Georgia, 11 in the season opener against Cornell ... Hit three threes at Georgia, matching a career high set early his freshman year against Rhode Island ... Scored seven points against Villanova ... Hit a pair of threes and shot 4-for-6 from the floor for season-high 11 points, two assists and no turnovers against Cornell ... Had just 30 turnovers this season and 44 assists (13.8 minutes per game) ... Averaged 14.0 points, third-highest on the team, over three games on Tech's summer trip to the Bahamas, hitting 42.5 percent from the floor and 5-of-16 on threes ... High game was 21 in second game win over Providence Storm (8-13 FG, 2-6 on 3s).
2014-15 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Made the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Wing guard who struggled to put the ball in the basket from the outside but found other ways to score ... Started Tech's last six games, replacing Chris Bolden, playing 131 total minutes and averaging 9.8 points, Tech's second-leading scorer over that stretch ... Hit 22-for-69 from the floor (31.9 pct.) with 12 assists and four turnovers ... Scored 16 points (6-for-15 FG, two 3s) against Boston College in the ACC Tournament, one point shy of his season high of 17 against Marquette (7-for-15) on Nov. 27 in the Orlando Classic ... Played a career-high 34 minutes against North Carolina on March 3, scoring nine points and grabbing a season-best seven rebounds (3 assists, 1 turnover) ... Averaged 15 minutes and 5.4 points for the season, mostly off the bench (15.3 mpg, 4.2 ppg in ACC games) ... Had three double-digit games against ACC teams, including 12 on Feb. 28 at Clemson ... Also scored 10 off the bench at Virginia Tech ... Had six double-digit games altogether this season ... Scored 12 each vs. Appalachian State and Dayton ... Scored 12 points total in Orlando Classic wins against Rider and Rhode Island, going 10-for-11 from the free throw line to help Tech salt away those wins.
Under coach Eric Holland, earned all-state honors four straight years, helping Tift County to four regional championships and 101 wins ... Also made the MaxPreps 2013-14 All-America team ... A 4-star prospect ranked as high as 68th nationally in the class of 2014 (by ESPN.com) and rated the top guard in the state by national recruiting analyst Justin Young on Hoopseen.com ... Rated 14th nationally at his position ... Led Tift County to the class 6A state championship in 2014 with a 29-3 record and was named all-class Player of the Year in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Averaged 18.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a senior, but became more of a complete player, averaging five fewer shots per game with big improvements in assists (3.6 per game) and on the defensive end ... Scored 15 points with five assists in the championship game in Macon, 35 with three assists the semi-final win, which was played at McCamish Pavilion ... Averaged 15.4 points a game as a junior, and helped Tift County to a 26-5 record and a state ranking of No. 3 ... Also played for the Georgia Stars AAU team.
Gave up football to concentrate on hoops early in his high school career, but was considered one of Georgia's top quarterback prospects following promising freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Full name is Tadric Dre'von Jackson ... First name pronounced "TODD-rick" ... Born October 26, 1994 in Fort Polk, La. ... Son of Natasha Jackson ... Comes from a family of six children ... Majoring in business administration.