Georgia Tech Basketball: Josh Pastner talks last season, LOI signings

With a relatively successful season and a signing day under his belt, Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner penned a letter to his fanbase.

In a letter sent out on Thursday, Josh Pastner thanked players, coaches and fans for the energy and effort during Georgia Tech’s 2016-17 season, and discussed recent signings.

Ready the full letter below:

As our entire team works hard to keep getting better during the offseason, I wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on your program.

First, this year has been such a fun ride – the effort put forth by our student-athletes, coaching staff, the fan base, and everyone else associated with our program has been truly special. Two of the things that we are the most proud of in year one as we reached 21 overall wins – which is the most for a first year staff in Georgia Tech history. Seventeen of those wins were at home which set the single-season program record. That is a direct result of the fan base willing us to win. Secondly, we had the highest team GPA in the fall semester for men’s basketball in program history and all of our senior student-athletes are graduating. Rand, Corey, Quinton, and Josh will all graduate with their Bachelor’s degree. Jodan and Kellen are both on track to earn their Master’s degree by the fall. These accomplishments show the level of dedication by our guys both on the court and inside the classroom.

Today is an exciting day for the future of Georgia Tech basketball. We are excited to add three young men to our team with the signings of Jose Alvarado, Curtis Haywood II, and Moses Wright. Our staff believes that Jose, Curtis, and Moses will help build the foundation for the future success of basketball on The Flats.

Jose is a winner through and through. He is from New York like some of our other great point guards that played here like Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury. Jose is tough and a player that is going to leave everything on the floor to give his team a chance to win. When Jose committed back in the fall, the talk on him was “winning is more important to him than actually breathing” – that’s exactly the type of attitude we need and want in this rebuild.

Curtis is also a tough nosed player. He is a great defender with a high basketball IQ. He really fits the culture we are building. Most importantly, Curtis can really shoot – a skill that our staff is aggressively looking for as we evaluate players in the 2018 and 2019 classes as well.

Finally, we are really excited about Moses Wright. One of the things I said a year ago during the introductory press conference was we need to be great at evaluating talent beyond the consensus top-25 players in the country. We really feel like Moses is going to be a player with a very high upside and is going to be looked at a real sleeper in two or three years. He is a great athlete and shot blocker who has the potential to develop like Ben Lammers has over his career.

We still have some scholarships open for the 2017 class and our staff is exploring all options including at the high school level, transfers, and international recruits. However, we have been very focused on continuing to develop great relationships with kids in the 2018 and 2019 classes. These classes are going to be the critical for our success moving forward and we are excited about how things are progressing so far.

As always, thank you for your support of Georgia Tech basketball. We cannot be successful without the unwavering support of our fans. As we continue to build towards the fall, if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can continue to get better – please let me know.

Together We Swarm!

Josh Pastner
Head Coach