Further, Gregory said that freshmen often hit a wall around the end of January where they become mentally fatigued, though he said he hasn’t seen it with his freshmen, forwards Robert Carter and Marcus Georges-Hunt and guards Solomon Poole and Bolden.
When Reed shines as he did against the Hokies, “it’s really important and we need that,” center Daniel Miller said.
Reed has had strong games back-to-back, against the Hokies last Saturday and Florida State last Tuesday.
After the game in Blacksburg, Va., Reed said that “I just wanted to come in and bring energy and do things that I felt like the team needed, just trying to do everything I can to help the team win.”
Holsey, who started every game in the 2011-12 season, has thrived using a similar strategy coming off the bench for the Jackets this season. Prior to Wednesday’s games, he was tied for ninth in the ACC in points per 40 minutes in league games, at 19.3 points.
To Holsey, there are advantages in coming off the bench, like being able to get a feel for the game before going in, and then entering the game with fresh legs when others are tired.
Said Holsey, “The only thing about coming off the bench is I’ve got to provide more energy than I even did last year.”
Gregory has given brothers Solomon and Stacey Poole assorted amounts of minutes off the bench, as their effectiveness has varied. Guard Jason Morris, who was the most consistent guard off the bench before his plantar fasciitis injury, could be returning in the next few games. Point guard Pierre Jordan has contributed in spots. Reed, who can give scoring punch, is an improving defender and is a willing rebounder, is the one who could be a crucial piece of Tech’s closing stretch.
“He’s got his mindset right,” Holsey said. “He’s being mentally focused coming and knowing he’s coming off the bench.”