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Georges-Hunt, Tech steadily improving

Georgia Tech sophomore Marcus Georges-Hunt is a former all-state player at North Clayton High. He is now a starting forward at Georgia Tech. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Georgia Tech sophomore Marcus Georges-Hunt is a former all-state player at North Clayton High. He is now a starting forward at Georgia Tech. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

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Former North Clayton standout Marcus Georges-Hunt is averaging 11.9 points per game for Georgia Tech through 16 games. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

ATLANTA — That inner-drive that Marcus Georges-Hunt has wouldn’t let him just be content with being a good player on the college level.

The College Park native was pleased with his freshman season last season at Georgia Tech, but he knew there was much work to do.

And last summer he put in the work. Georges-Hunt spent much of the offseason studying film, quizzing the Yellow Jackets coaching staff along with working in the weight room and in the gym.

“I wanted to do all the things that would make me a better player,” Georges-Hunt said. “I wanted to learn from what I did and didn’t do last season. I would ask questions to the coaches to see what they wanted from me this season.”

As a freshman last season, he was Tech’s second-leading scorer (12.1 points per game) and No. 4 rebounder (4.6 rebounds per game) for a team that finished 16-15 overall and 6-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Following a good first season, the 6-foot-5, 219-pound Georges-Hunt received an invitation to compete in the trials for the USA Basketball Under-19 team during the summer of 2013.

“I think sometimes progress is seen in different ways,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. “One is being able to do things that you weren’t able to do last year, and I think he’s shown that. The other thing is just being more consistent in the things he does well. I think if you look at the stat line, there’s only been a couple games where he didn’t really bring it for us.”

With forward Robert Carter likely out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Georges-Hunt becomes a more critical player now for the Yellow Jackets. With Tech in the midst of a three-game conference home stand, Georges-Hunt is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 30 minutes of action per game.

After starting its ACC schedule at 0-2, the Yellow Jackets defeated Notre Dame at McCamish Pavilion on Saturday. Although Georges-Hunt only scored nine points, he had six assists.

Georges-Hunt called Tech’s 67-64 win over Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at McCamish Pavilion early last month his best game of the season. He had 20 points in the win.

“I thought I played real well for the team,” Georges-Hunt said. “I had a lot of shots to fall. It was just a good game for me, and a big win for the team.”

He says every game in the ACC is a challenge, regardless of the team’s record.

“Some people just look at a team’s record and try to judge them,” Georges-Hunt said. “In this league, every team is good. There are no easy games. Each time we play in the ACC, we have to be ready.”

Prior to coming to Tech, Hunt was an all-state player at North Clayton High, leading the team to the Class AAAA semifinals his senior season.

He led the team to its first region championship in 18 seasons, and was named the Georgia Sportswriters Association Class AAAA Player of the Year. Considered a four-star recruit by several of the national recruiting services, Georges-Hunt is the all-time leading scorer in North Clayton history.

A Business Administration major, he made the All-ACC academic team last season.

“I’m glad that I chose Georgia Tech because it is close to home, and my family and friends get to see me play,” he said. “I’m thankful to be part of one of the best conferences in the country.”