2009-2010 GEORGIA BULLDOGS BASKETBALL
Georgia has a new coach, and is off to a bit better start than last year, but still not great at 1-3 in the SEC and 9-8 overall.
Georgia men's basketball is and always will be overshadowed on campus by Bulldogs football. Such is life in the SEC, particularly when you play at a school with such a rich and storied tradition in football as Georgia has. However, to merely call Georgia a football school is an affront to the solid basketball program that has periodically churned out some top flight squads. Unfortunately, these successes have been few and far between historically, and through it all, Georgia has developed a reputation as one of the least competitive schools in the SEC.
2008-2009 was, in most ways imaginable, a train wreck of sorts. The team struggled mightily both in conference games, where it only managed a 3-13 record, as well as overall, where the team only managed to win 12 of its 32 games. And unfortunately, a bad situation may be getting that much worse, with a number of key components of the 2008-2009 club leaving the team, and only some middle-tier recruits stepping in to fill the voids.
The three youngsters stepping onto the court this season are small forward Marlon Brown, point guard Vinnie Williams, and shooting guard DeMario Mayfield. All of them were rated as three star recruits, and all are considered good, but not great prospects. Williams in particular is considered to be a technically gifted player, and has been described by some as a 4 star ball handler in a 2 star body, which could severely hamper how far he can go. Mayfield, despite a three star rating, is described by many as a project.
These three youngsters will join the group of returning talent in hopes of righting the ship of Georgia basketball. Unfortunately, that group of talent is severely limited. There are a number of solid role players on the squad, but very few if any truly elite talents. Power forward Trey Thompkins may be the closest that the team has. He has good size, and a good touch from outside the arc as well. He will need to burden much of the load for this team.
Other players of note include shooting guard Dustin Ware, who has the best jump shot of the returning players, and small forward Travis Leslie, a jack of all trades type who, unfortunately, doesn't really excel at anything. Center Albert Jackson has size (he's 6'11"), but is not a skilled player with the ball. The remainder of the roster is a number of secondary role players of whom not much is expected.
The bottom line is that very little has changed, and very little will change, when it comes to expectations. This team will once again struggle to escape the bottom tier of the SEC, and it likely will remain that way for a good number of years to come. If the trio of Brown, Williams, and Mayfield can develop, and at least 2 of them can project out to starters as true freshmen, this team has a chance to beat its 2008-2009 during this upcoming 2009-2010 season. However, if they do not, it could be an even longer season than the last.
If you haven't read it yet, check out our NEW Mark Fox Biography -- all about UGA's new coach. Here's our Dennis Felton Biography about the last coach. You can read more about last year's Georgia basketball team at 2007-2008 Georgia Basketball Team page. Also, check out Georgia Bulldogs Basketball History and University of Georgia Athens Trip.
If you are looking for our 2008-2009 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball page, check out 2008-2009 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball.
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