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Georgia Basketball Game Notes

Georgia (5-2) vs. Marquette (5-2)

Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athens, Ga.

TV: ESPNU (Alex Faust, PBP; Dalen Cuff, Color)

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG (Scott Howard, PBP; Chuck Dowdle, Color; Tony Schiavone, Producer) Flagship: AM 750 (Atlanta); Sirius: 126; XM: 190

The Starting Five

• UGA and MU have met only once before, a 100-70 win for MU in the opening round of the Milwaukee Classic on Dec. 27, 1974.

• Yante Maten has a streak of 23 consecutive double-digit scoring outputs which includes eight double-doubles. He has reached double-figures in 37 of 41 games since the start of last season.

• J.J. Frazier became UGA’s 47th 1,000-point scorer vs. UNC Asheville on Nov. 14. Frazier has since moved up to No. 34 and is eight points from No. 33 Joe Ward.

• UGA’s Hugh Durham and Dominique Wilkins were inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 18.

• UGA has hit the 20-win plateau the past three years, just the second time in 111 seasons the Bulldogs have done so. Mark Fox is the first coach to lead UGA to three-straight 20-win efforts. 

Georgia TO “Black Out” Stegeman For Sunday Date With Marquette

The Georgia Bulldogs host Marquette’s Golden Eagles for a 2:00 p.m. matinée on Sunday, the midway point in a five-game homestand for UGA. The contest will be a “black out” at Stegeman Coliseum, with the team wearing black uniforms and fans encouraged to wear black clothing to the game.

The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles enter the contest with identical 5-2 records and similar aspirations. Sunday’s game could have résumé-building ramifications three and a half months from now.

Georgia improved to 4-0 at home this season with an 86-72 victory over Morehouse on Wednesday night, the Bulldogs’ 498th all-time win at Stegeman Coliseum.

Yante Maten continues to lead Georgia – and rank second in the SEC – in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. J.J. Frazier is contributing 13.3 ppg and team bests of 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Maten, a junior forward, and Frazier, a senior guard, are one of the nation’s most potent inside-outside tandems. Frazier averaged 16.9 ppg and Maten contributed 16.5 ppg last season. Individually, that made them the first- and third-leading returning scorers in the SEC this season. Together, they were the fifth-best forward-guard scoring duo returning to Division I basketball for 2016-17.

Marquette arrives in Athens on a three-game winning streak in which the Golden Eagles have averaged an attention-grabbing 98.3 points per game.

Jujuan Johnson paces a balanced offensive attack at 14.3 ppg, while Luke Fischer and Haanif Cheatham add 14.1 ppg and 13.9 ppg, respectively. Five more Golden Eagles are averaging between 6.9-8.8 ppg.

Keeping An Eye On…Entering Today’s Game:

Among UGA’s career Leaders

J.J. Frazier is...

• 8 points from No. 33 Joe Ward

• 18 points from No. 32 Travis Leslie

• 19 points from No. 31 Michael Chadwick

• 12 3FGs from No. 9 Jody Patton

• 7 3FGAs from No. 9 K. Caldwell-Pope

• 9 FTs from No. 12  Jerry Waller

• 8 FTAs from No. 20 Walter Daniels

Yante Maten is...

• 1 block from No. 10 Trey Thompkins

• 3 blocks from No. 9 Chris Daniels

• 4 blocks from No. 8 Marcus Thornton

• 6 blocks from No. 7 Willie Anderson

Series History With Marquette

Georgia and Marquette have met only once prior to this afternoon’s matchup...and that was all the way back on Dec. 27, 1974.

The Golden Eagles notched a 100-70 victory over the Bulldogs in the opening game of the Milwaukee Classic. A complete box score from that contest is unavailable; however, Jacky Dorsey scored 21 points and Tony Flanagan and Billy Magarity added 12 points apiece for Georgia.

The Bulldogs bounced back to the following day to defeat Wisconsin, 91-89 in overtime. Dorsey again led Georgia on the offensive end with 25 points, while Magarity chipped in 20 and Flanagan added 18.

Dorsey ended up averaging 25.8 points per game that season, a mark that still stands as Georgia’s best ever. He averaged 23.7 points in two seasons with the Bulldogs, also a school record.

Last Time Out 

A trio of career-high scoring outputs and a season-high 52 points off the bench led the way for Georgia as the Bulldogs defeated Morehouse, 86-72, on Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Freshmen Tyree Crump (16 points) and Jordan Harris (11 points), as well as senior Kenny Paul Geno, who scored 15, each set career-high scoring outputs for the Bulldogs. Wednesday marked the first time since Feb. 3, 2013 that two freshmen scored in double digits, when Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines each posted 11 at South Carolina in their first season in Athens.

“We are never going to have an assigned third scorer,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We are just going to get more guys to score the ball. Kenny Paul Geno, who was really sick in Kansas City, finally was feeling good and we were able to get him back on the floor. He was playing really good. Tyree found a few balls go into the basket, which he needed to see. Jordan gave us a punch here and there. We put 86 points on the board and our two best players didn’t play great.”

Leading scorer Yante Maten posted 14 points, while J.J. Frazier added six points, to go along with a game-high five assists and two steals.

The Bulldogs led 36-30 at the intermission. An alley-oop from Frazier to Mike Edwards started the second-half scoring for Georgia, which put up 50 points in the period.

Success from 3-point range aided the Bulldogs, who were 11-of-22 on the night from behind the arc.

Freshmen Hit Highs vs. Morehouse

Freshmen Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris both notched their first double-digit scoring efforts in Georgia’s win over Morehouse. 

Crump posted a team-high 16 points, and Harris added 11. More impressive than those tallies was the efficiency in which they reached those marks.

Crump did not miss a shot against the Maroon Tigers, going 4-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 at the line. Harris hit 4-of-5 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and made 1-of-2 shots at the line.

All told, 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) shots from the freshmen found the bottom of the net.

 

“KPG Light” Lights it Up

Kenny Paul Geno registered a career-best 15 points versus Morehouse, doing so by making the most field goals (5) and 3-pointers (4) of his career.

Geno has been easing back into action after a bout with a stomach ailment him to lose approximately 16 pounds during the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. 

Against George Washington, Geno registered his first DNP in 46 games – since a broken wrist forced him to miss 11 outings in 2014-15. He played one minute versus Kansas and eight against Gardner-Webb before a season-high 22 MP versus the Maroon Tigers.

Parker Misses Morehouse

Juwan Parker did not start and did not play for the first time this season in Georgia’s game against Morehouse. He was held out of action due to soreness in his left Achilles.

Parker has enjoyed a successful return to action after missing the 2015-16 season with the Achilles injury.

Parker is third on the team in scoring at 7.8 ppg and is second in both rebounding at 6.3 rpg and assists at 3.0 apg (with an impressive 4.5 assist-to-TO ratio). Though obviously a small sample size, those numbers  are considerably higher than his career averages entering the year of 4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 0.9 apg, as well as 1.15 assists-to-TOs.

Parker started the first 14 games for UGA’s 2015 NCAA Tournament team before suffering the injury. He played limited minutes in four contests that season but was out all of last year after surgery in the summer of 2015.

Maten Continues Hot Streak

Yante Maten has extended his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 23 contests. That dates back to last season’s Jan. 30 game at No. 17 Baylor. 

Maten has gone well past 10 points numerous times during the stretch, with five 20-point and two 30-point performances...and eight double-doubles.

Maten, a candidate for the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward, has been a model of consistency since the start of last season. 

Over the last 41 games, Maten has posted double digits in the scoring column 37 times (with 13 20-point and two 30-point outputs), grabbed double-figure rebounds 13 times and posted a dozen double-doubles.

Frazier Chases Career FT Mark

J.J. Frazier opened the season at No. 2 among Georgia’s career leaders in free throw efficiency, converting on 81.2 percent (263-of-324) of his trips to the line.

That trailed only Jerry Eppling’s effort of 82.2 percent (221-of-269) from 1968-70.

This season, Frazier has connected on 24-of-27 (88.9 percent) of his attempts at the charity stripe and raised his career percentage to 81.8 (287-of-351) in the process. 

FYI, eight more makes without a miss would inch Frazier past Eppling.

Perspective On Maten’s Showing

Yante Maten’s 30 points against No. 5 Kansas in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic were the most by a Bulldog versus a top-10 team since Jarvis Hayes scored 30 in an 88-84 upset of No. 10 Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Jan. 9, 2002.

No Georgia player has posted a 30-point, 10-board effort against a top-10 foe in at least the last two decades.

Frazier Joins Millennium Club

Senior J.J. Frazier knocked down a 3-pointer with 17:57 left in the first half against UNC Asheville on Nov. 14 and in the process became Georgia Basketball’s 47th 1,000-point career scorer.

“I’ve been here four years,” Frazier joked, “I should have gotten it eventually.”

After scoring 415 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons combined, Frazier poured in 573 points a year ago. That represented the 15th-best single-season tally in Georgia history.

Frazier now has 1,081 points, which has pushed him to No. 34 among the Bulldogs’ career scoring leaders. 

Frazier could eventually reach the Bulldogs’ top-10 scoring leaders, a mark that currently begins at 1,451 points by D.A. Layne. Frazier is now 370 points shy of that tally with 24 regular-season games remaining.

Maten May Make Mark, Too 

Yante Maten is well on his way to becoming the 48th Bulldog to surpass 1,000 career points. He should do so this winter. 

Maten began the year with 722 points, with 562 (No. 18 season mark in UGA history) of those coming during 2015-16. Maten now has 865 points at Georgia – 135 shy of 1,000.

Bulldogs have been reaching the millennium mark at a relatively steady clip over the past several seasons. 

J.J. Frazier was the seventh Bulldog to top 1,000 points during Mark Fox’s tenure, joining Charles Mann (1,411 points), Trey Thompkins (1,396), Kenny Gaines (1,324), Nemi Djurisic (1,123), Travis Leslie (1,099) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1,013).

Frazier provided Bucket-To-Be

J.J. Frazier didn’t only score last season. He also dished out 151 assists, the fifth-best season effort in UGA’s 111 years of hoops. 

Combine Frazier’s 573 points and the bare minimum of 302 points via those assists, and he had an immediate hand in 875 of the Bulldogs’ 2,401 points a year ago. That’s 36.4 percent of UGA’s offensive output during the 2015-16 campaign.

Numerous Contributors vs. GW

Several Bulldogs were vital in Georgia’s victory over George Washington in the semifinals of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. 

Most notably, Juwan Parker notched career bests of 11 boards and five assists (and was one point shy of his first double-double), and Derek Ogbeide equaled his career-high scoring output with 11 points and grabbed a season-best eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs were impressive down the stretch after Yante Maten fouled out with 3:36 remaining. Georgia led 70-68 at that point before closing out the contest on an 11-5 run. Perhaps the biggest play in that sourt was Pape Diatta’s offensive board and stickback with 35 seconds left. That turned into a three-point play that pushed the Bulldogs up by six.

Turtle Gets His First Nod

William “Turtle” Jackson secured his first collegiate start against UNC Asheville and has remained in the Bulldogs’ starting five for every game thereafter.

Jackson was a four-time All-State performer and scored 2,275 points at Athens Christian School before becoming Georgia Basketball’s first Athens-area signee in more than two decades (since November 1991).

Bulldogs Sign Two

Nicolas Claxton and Rayshaun Hammonds have signed letters-of-intent with the University of Georgia, head coach Mark Fox announced on Monday, November 14.

Both players inked papers during the NCAA’s week-long early signing period. Claxton signed in ceremonies on Nov. 14, while Hammonds did so on the previous Thursday, Nov. 10.

Claxton is a 6-10, forward from Legacy Charter School in Greenville, S.C., and the son of former Bulldog Charles Claxton. Nicolas averaged 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, as well as blocking 3.0 shots per game. He has helped Charter compile a 49-14 record over the past two seasons.

Claxton represented the U.S. Virgin Islands during the 2015 Centrobasket U17 Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He averaged 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game in five outings, leading the Virgin Islands to a runner-up finish in the tournament. Claxton posted single-game highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds against Mexico in the semifinals, as well as 10 blocks in a group stage matchup with Bahamas.

“Nic is a terrific shooter and passer for a player with his length,” Fox said. “He really is going to be a good inside-outside scoring threat. I know he is excited about playing at his parents’ alma mater.”

Hammonds, a 6-8, forward from Norcross, Ga., was named first-team All-State for Class 6A by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a junior after averaging 16.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the Blue Devils. As a sophomore, Hammonds averaged 14.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.9 blocks at Norcross. 

Over the past two seasons, Hammonds has helped Norcross post a combined 53-8 record and a pair of state tournament appearances. The Blue Devils finished 26-4 last season, losing to eventual state champion Westlake in the Sweet 16. Norcross was 27-7 in the 2014-15 season and lost to Pepplebrook in the state quarterfinals.

“Rayshaun has terrific versatility and can score the ball in a variety of ways,” Fox said. “He’s coming from a great program, and we are excited he is a Dawg.”

Both of Claxton’s parents, Charles and Nicole, attended UGA. Charles was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1992-95 and was an All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC performer. Among Georgia’s career statistical leaders, Claxton is currently No. 20 in points (1,274), No. 5 in rebounds (840), No. 4 in field goal percentage (.542) and No. 2 in blocked shots (247). He was drafted by Phoenix in the second round of the NBA Draft and eventually played with Boston during the 1995-96 season.

Durham, Wilkins Enter CBB HOF

While Kansas – in Kansas City – is obviously the star attraction of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Georgia shined brightest at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Friday (Nov. 18). That’s when former Georgia coach Hugh Durham and player Dominique Wilkins comprised one-quarter of the Hall’s Class of 2016 inductees. 

Appropriately, Durham and Wilkins, who together led the Bulldogs to numerous significant firsts, together were Georgia’s first inductees into the Collegiate Hall of Fame. And a large contingent approaching 100 friends and family of Georgia Basketball trekked to Kansas City for the ceremonies.

“It has only happened once, I think, Coach (Dale) Brown and Shaquille (O’Neal) at LSU,” Durham said. “Dominique and I have remained close through the years. He is the foundation of Georgia Basketball. We can take credit for bringing him in, but he is the face of Georgia Basketball. There’s a lot of pride to go in together.”

Durham arrived in Athens in 1978 and was charged with turning around a program that hadn’t finished .500 in more than a decade. Georgia was 14-14 and 14-13 in Durham’s first two seasons before Wilkins arrived as a McDonald’s All-American and the most celebrated recruit in school history.

Wilkins was tabbed 1981 SEC Player of the Year as a freshman while leading Georgia to a 19-12 finish and an NIT appearance, the Bulldogs’ first-ever postseason bid. Wilkins was named All-America a second-straight time in 1982, the same season he helped lead Georgia to the NIT semifinals.

Wilkins departed after that season and was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft before enjoying an illustrious career that included being a nine-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA pick.

Durham remained in Athens for 17 seasons and is Georgia’s winningest hoops coach ever with 297 victories. He led the Bulldogs to the 1983 NCAA Final Four in their first NCAA Tournament appearance. All told, Georgia reached postseason competition 11 times under Durham.

Durham established a national name as head coach at Florida State from 1967-78 before coming to UGA. He led the Seminoles to 230 wins an NCAA runner-up finish in 1972 when they lost to UCLA, 81-76, in the national championship game. After Georgia, he won 106 more games at Jacksonville.

“When you’re a coach, you stand here and think about the reason you’re here.” Durham said. “If you didn’t win games, you wouldn’t be here. If you didn’t have good players, you wouldn’t win games. If you didn’t have good assistants, you didn’t have good players. If you didn’t have an administration that wanted you to do well, then you wouldn’t have good assistants. That’s the long way of saying there are so many people you represent when you’re standing up here.”

Wilkins was dubbed the “Human Highlight Film” while in Athens, a nickname that has followed him from being Georgia’s career scoring leader when he departed college to 26,668 points and an amazing 24.8 career scoring average in the NBA. 

“It’s mind blowing,” Wilkins said. “It’s a special moment in my life to go in with Coach (Durham) because he is like a father to me. You talk about being chosen from 350 D1 schools and to be chosen as one of the greatest. I can’t even tell you how that feels. It’s special because it’s the highest collegiate award you can get.”

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 also includes players Mark Aguirre (DePaul), Bob Boozer (Kansas State), Doug Collins (Illinois State), Lionel Simmons (La Salle) and Jamaal Wilkes (UCLA) and coach Mike Montgomery (Montana, Stanford and Cal).

Fox Garners Career Victory 250

Mark Fox notched his 250th win in 13 seasons as a head coach with last Monday’s victory over UNC Asheville.

Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada from 2004-09. He was 127-104 in his eighth  campaign in Athens when the Bulldogs topped UNC Asheville on Nov. 14. 

All told, Fox has produced nine 20-win teams and advanced to the postseason nine times – including four occasions at Georgia – during his head coaching career.

Frazier, Maten On POY Watch List

J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten both were named to the Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons.

Georgia was the only SEC team and one of only nine nationally to have two players on the list along with Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier. There were five SEC reps on the 50-player ledger, which also featured Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe, Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis and Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley.

The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on March 31 in Phoenix, site of the NCAA Final Four. 

Most...SEC...Success...Ever

Georgia has been winning within the SEC at the Bulldogs’ best rate ever. Over the past four seasons, UGA has:

Posted its most SEC wins over two- (23), three- (33) and four-season (42) spans.

Posted four straight .500 or better league records – the first time in 84 seasons of SEC play UGA has done so;

Notched three-straight double-figure SEC win totals – another program first;

Georgia finished 10-8 in SEC action last season. That followed a 11-7 mark when the Bulldogs tied for third in the SEC in 2014-15, a 12-6 record in 2013-14 when Georgia tied for second in the final league standings and a 9-9 effort during 2012-13. 

A Potent Inside-Outside Combo

The tandem of junior forward Yante Maten and senior guard J.J. Frazier provides Georgia with one of the college basketball’s most explosive inside-outside combinations. 

A year ago, Frazier and Maten averaged 16.9 and 16.5 points, respectively. That made Frazier the SEC’s leading returning scorer and Maten the third-leading returnee this season.

The combined average of 33.4 points by Frazier and Maten during 2015-16 made them the fifth-best returning forward-guard combo in D-I this season. Frazier and Maten are the most balanced of those the top-10 duos.

Bulldogs Travel To Spain

Georgia got an early start, winning a trio of exhibition games in Spain by 26.0 points per game. Associate head coach Philip Pearson and assistants Jonas Hayes and Yasir Rosemond served as head coaches on the trip.

Pearson led UGA in the first matchup, a 65-48 victory over the Madrid All-Stars. Yante Maten paced Georgia with 19 points, while Derek Ogbeide notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

Under Rosemond, the Bulldogs raced to a 118-70 win over the Valencia All-Stars. Mike Edwards led the way with 20 points. J.J. Frazier added 18 points, and freshman Jordan Harris chipped in 17. 

Georgia wrapped up the trip by beating the Barcelona All-Stars 96-72 under Hayes. Maten again led UGA in scoring with 23 points, while Tyree Crump contributed 20 points and four assists. Ogbeide, Edwards and Maten combined for 32 rebounds, with Ogbeide collecting his second double-double in Spain.

“The overseas trip was good for us,” Mark Fox said. “We felt like it was a real good experience for our team, but we’ll have to see how much when we start playing games.”

A HomeGrown Roster

Nine of the 15 players on Georgia’s 2016-17 roster are Peach State prep products.

That list includes eight of the 14 active players on the Bulldogs’ roster – seniors J.J. Frazier (Faith Baptist Christian Academy), Houston Kessler (Landmark Christian School) and Brandon Young (Marist School); sophomores William “Turtle” Jackson (Athens Christian School), Connor O’Neill (Blessed Trinity Catholic High) and Derek Ogbeide (Pebblebrook High); and freshmen Tyree Crump (Bainbridge High) and Jordan Harris (Seminole County High).

In addition, Christian Harrison, a walk-on transfer from Troy who is sitting out this season, played at Woodward Academy.

Maten Up For Mailman Award

Yante Maten was named to the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, which is given to the nation’s top power forward by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award is named after Karl Malone, who led Louisiana Tech to the 1985 NCAA Sweet 16 and went on to become a two-time NBA MVP and 11-time first-team All-NBA performer for the Utah Jazz. 

Malone scored 36,374 points in the NBA, second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he was enshrined in the Naismith Hall in 2010, and won Olympic Gold medals in 1992 and 1996.

J.J. Almost Everywhere In SEC Stats

J.J. Frazier ranked among the SEC’s top-10 leaders in a league-high eight of 11 major statistical categories last season – the most of any league player.

Frazier was No. 5 in assist-to-TO ratio and steals; No. 7 in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage; No. 8 in 3-pointers per game; and No. 10 in minutes.

Basically, the only categories without Frazier listed were field goal percentage, rebounds and blocked shots.  

Potential History-Making Dogs

Of the hundreds of Georgia hoops alums that spanned the first century of play, only five could say that they played on three 20-game-winning squads: Larry Brown, Michael Chadwick, Ray Harrison, Jon Nordin and G.G. Smith.

Over the past two seasons alone, seven more Bulldogs have joined that fold: Marcus Thornton, Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann, Kenny Paul Geno, Houston Kessler, Brandon Young and J.J Frazier.

This year’s seniors could become the first UGA players to post four-consecutive 20-win efforts. They also may challenge Georgia’s winningest four-year period and the most wins by any Bulldogs ever.

Georgia’s most productive four-year span produced 83 wins from the 1994-95 through 1997-98 seasons. Interestingly, there were no four-year letterwinners during that stretch.

The most wins ever by a Bulldog is 82, the tally posted by Richard Corhen and Gerald Crosby while playing for UGA from 1981-82 through 1984-85.

Bulldogs Move Behind the Mic 

Former Georgia greats Dominique Wilkins and Jarvis Hayes have served as color analysts for Bulldog contests this season. 

Wilkins did so for FOX Sport South’s telecast of the season opener at Clemson, the first collegiate game he worked.

“If it hadn’t been Georgia, I probably wouldn’t have done it, to be honest with you,” Wilkins said. “I can’t tell you what that university means to me personally, so anytime I can engage and show my face and show my appreciation I want to do it.”

Hayes, who joined the SEC Network as a color analyst this season, served in that role for the Furman game. He also will do so for several games on SEC Network +, the internet-only, HD-quality version of games available on espn3.com and the espn app.

Hawks Return To Athens

For the fourth consecutive year, the Atlanta Hawks made the short trek to Athens and Georgia Basketball’s practice facility to open training camp in September. 

Georgia Basketball owns one of the nation’s largest practice facilities, a $30-million, 120,000-square-foot practice structure that opened in 2007. The Hawks had access to the adjacent practice gyms of the Georgia men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as the playing floor within Stegeman Coliseum and other facilities.

The Hawks have opened training camp in Athens each season since Mike Budenholzer, the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year, became head coach in 2013. 

“These are world-class facilities that are a great environment for our players to come in and focus on basketball,” Budenholzer said. “We love this facility. We love coming up to the University of Georgia. It feels like the right place for us to start our season.”

“I think the facilities here are spectacular,” said Dwight Howard. “Everything here is “A-1” – the practice facility, the main floor, the weight room – has been unbelievable. We wish we could stay longer.”


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