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Georgia Tech Basketball: Transfer Javian McCollum commits to Yellow Jackets

Oklahoma guard Javian McCollum (2) celebrates scoring in the second half during an NCAA basketball
Oklahoma guard Javian McCollum (2) celebrates scoring in the second half during an NCAA basketball / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

With openings at every single college basketball program, we’re going to see a lot of action from the Transfer Portal in the coming weeks. We’ve already seen several comings and goings, with Javian McCollum’s decision among the latest, as he’ll head to Georgia Tech for his senior season.

A 6’1 point guard originally from Fort Myers, Florida, McCollum began his collegiate career back in 2021 at Siena, playing for former head coach Carmen Maciariello for a pair of seasons. A decent bench piece as a freshman, McCollum took a big step forward as the Saints’ point guard as a sophomore, averaging nearly 16 points a game while earning All-MAAC honors.

He’s coming off a pretty solid junior season at Oklahoma, spending this last year in the Big 12 under Porter Moser’s guidance. McCollum averaged 13.3 points and 3.4 assists per game while leading the conference in free throw shooting.

He played well early in the season, helping key the Sooners to a hot start to their season, including a 20-point performance in a win over Arkansas back in early December. While Oklahoma took a step back once conference play began, McCollum was still a solid scoring point guard, with additional 20-point performances, including in a nice win over BYU in February.

While McCollum didn’t shoot particularly well down the stretch, he was still seen as an appealing piece in the Transfer Portal, and he’ll look to continue growing his game in the ACC. He was part of quite the exodus from the Sooners but became a great addition for Georgia Tech.

Second-year head coach Damon Stoudamire adds a fantastic point guard to run his offense and McCollum becomes their first offseason addition. He joins a Yellow Jackets squad that finished just 14-18 last season but showed promise at times, including in upset wins over both Duke and North Carolina.

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Expect more offseason action from Stoudamire and his staff, but they landed a major player with McCollum. He’s shown significant promise even if the numbers haven’t always been there. He should settle nicely into the new system and his experience and leadership will be valuable if Georgia Tech can take another step forward in the new-look ACC next season.