Junior guard Charles Mann hit 10 rebounds and 10 points against Norfolk State. And yet it hardly made a splash.
Perhaps that is because a display like this is expected from Mann.
Mann averages 12.7 ppg and was the Bulldogs' leading scorer last season. He and fellow starting guard Kenny Gaines are often the most consistent members of the Georgia roster and are often looked to for that dual dependability. Though senior forwards Nemanja Djurisic and Marcus Thornton have taken on the veteran leadership roles, Mann and Gaines have plenty of minutes and talent to beg for high expectations.
After all, this isn’t Mann’s first rodeo. Nor his first double-double.
Good things come in small packages
Sophomore point guard J.J. Frazier put up a career-high 20 points against the Spartans, more than Gaines and Mann combined. Listed at 5-foot-10, the guard is typically the smallest player on the court but has the highest 3-point shot percentage on the roster (.386%). Frazier also tied the team for second in rebounds on Saturday with five.
Fox said that Fraizer "has a terrific ability to shoot the ball" and pretty much always "has the green light" to take shots. Coach Mark Fox also emphasized that the sophomore was one of the few guys that came to play on Saturday.
Frazier's ability to come in and hit 3s makes him a valuable tool off the bench for the Bulldogs. He also knows the value of energy control, something that could drastically effect the Bulldogs during conference play.
“If there is great energy, you keep that energy up. If there is not as much energy as you need, you need to create a lot of energy,” Frazier said.
Time to eliminate the errors
There were times tonight that the win looked to be slipping away. Fox even said that he "thought [they] started the second half really poorly." The first score in the second period came over six minutes in when Nemanja Djurisic finally found net.
Though they’ve played markedly better in this year’s preseason than in recent times, there is no guarantee of a trip to the tournament yet. And if Georgia wants to go dancing, they need to
“I think in the non-conference we came in today with an RPI somewhere in the top 20 in the country and a strength of schedule in the top 10 in the country, so I think from a non-league perspective we’ve put ourselves in the right position,” Fox said.
That RPI and 12th-ranked (sorry, Fox not quite top-10) non-conference strength of schedule will get conference tested against the Hawgs come Tuesday.