ACC coaches to Josh Pastner: Buckle up

Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball men's media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct., 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball men’s media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct., 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Queried Wednesday at the ACC’s Operation Basketball media day event, the league’s coaches didn’t sugarcoat the job that awaits Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, somewhat unusual when “I really like their roster” and similar platitudes typically flow freely.

But, with a team whose leading returning scorer (Quinton Stephens) averaged five points and that lost more than 75 percent of its scoring from last season, Pastner’s colleagues recognize what awaits.

“It’s a little more challenging because of where he’s starting from, getting the job that late (in the hiring cycle) and having six seniors,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “It’d be nice if he had sophomores and juniors that were mature and were growing. He’s losing six (after this season) and he’s going to come in next year and be extremely young. It’s tough.”

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