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Ga. Tech to lean on big men Miller, Holsey

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory speaks during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory speaks during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's big men may be the team's best hopes for improved scoring in coach Brian Gregory's second season.

The Yellow Jackets were 11-20, including a 4-12 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in Gregory's debut. Tech ranked 313th in the nation, scoring only about 60 points per game.

Center Daniel Miller and power forward Kammeon Holsey provided consistent scoring late last season.

Miller scored in double figures in eight of his last 10 games last season. Holsey had 10 or more points in six of his last nine games.

"They've worked extremely hard," Gregory said. "They've gotten strong and more physical, which will help. We're counting on them, as juniors now, to be really good ACC players. They're a big part of our offense. Last year, I thought they anchored our defense really well, and they're going to have to do a really good job of that this year as well."

Georgia Tech returns all five starters. Miller (6-11, 257) and Holsey (6-8, 231) were the only two who started every game.

Miller averaged 8.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.

"I feel like at the end of the season we were doing a lot better with that," Miller said of the team's inside scoring. "Kam Holsey I think is one of the best offensive posts in the league. We've just got to get the ball inside more and just go to our moves. We were getting better at the end of the season and we just kept working on what we needed to get better at."

Holsey, a more aggressive scorer than Miller, had 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Holsey said he hopes to build on his improved scoring at the end of last season.

"I feel like we started playing better as a team," Holsey said. "Our chemistry got so much better.

"Daniel is a big target. He made me better and we made each other better. We have two guys down there who can work together when we go into attack mode."

Gregory said Miller needs to pick up some of Holsey's scoring mentality.

"We joke around with Daniel that he needs a little more Kam in him. Kam sometimes gets the ball in the post, and it's the black hole. That thing ain't coming out, which is fine for the most part. We're constantly talking to Daniel about being more aggressive in terms of scoring. He's such a good passer, I think he really enjoys getting shots for other people passing the ball."

Two 6-foot-8 forwards, sophomore Julian Royal and freshman Robert Carter, add more size behind the starters.

Point guard Mfon Udofia, a senior, is the leading returning scorer with his 9.9 points per game.

The other returning starters are guards Jason Morris and Brandon Reed.

Gregory said his freshmen, including Carter and guards Chris Bolden and Marcus Georges-Hunt, "are physically ready to play in this level, which is unique among freshmen."

Gregory said he isn't expecting a dramatic offensive upswing this season because his focus on defense sets a lower scoring pace.

"Honestly, because of the way we defense, we're never going to be scoring 85 points a game," Gregory said, using last season's 93-81 loss at North Carolina as evidence.