How Josh Heath is thriving in his role for Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech guard Josh Heath, left, passes as Florida State guard Trent Forrest (3) defends during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia Tech guard Josh Heath, left, passes as Florida State guard Trent Forrest (3) defends during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Brushed aside a year ago, Georgia Tech point guard Josh Heath has become indispensable. His value to the Yellow Jackets’ cause was stated Wednesday night when Heath was laid out by a bug that drained his minutes and energy.

Without him organizing the team on the floor and handling the ball, the Jackets turned the ball over 17 times, the most in their 10 ACC games, and lost 74-62 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Needing an IV before the game, Heath played 28 minutes, scoring two points with four assists against three turnovers.

“We need him to play well,” Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie said. “We’re a different team when he’s not at full strength, for sure.”

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