Hip surgery for Georgia Tech’s Josh Heath

Georgia Tech guard Josh Heath underwent surgery Wednesday to repair cartilage damage to his hip. Heath played in 34 of 36 games this season and averaged 17.6 minutes per game. Despite the injury, he played one of his better games of the season against South Carolina in the Yellow Jackets’ second-round win in the NIT, with five points, four assists against two turnovers and one steal.

His 3.17 assist/turnover ratio was among the best in the country. Had he been credited with seven more assists (he had 95), he would have qualified for national ranking and been 14th in the country.

Heath’s playing time was reduced midway through the season when Marcus Georges-Hunt was moved to point guard.

On crutches, Heath attended an offseason practice Thursday led by new coach Josh Pastner. Heath will miss the remainder of the spring workout period and may miss summer workouts, as well. A full recovery is expected.

It’s the second consecutive season that Heath has finished a season with an injury that required surgery. He played all 31 games of the 2014-15 season with a double hernia and averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.