Felton: We have a long way to go

Dennis Felton leads Georgia onto the court this Friday night in his debut as head coach.

It could be a long winter in Athens for the Georgia Basketball program. And that's just taking into account the on court difficulties that Georgia will have with depth. The NCAA still has not rendered a final verdict in regards to the Dawgs' punishment for last season's off of the court problems.

But after going through the exhibition season, new Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton said that he has plenty for the team to work on in order to prepare for this Friday night's game with Western Carolina.

"We did some good things but we didn't play with the kind of disciple and commitment to what we do consistently enough at the beginning of the game to the end of the game," said Felton.

"It gives us an opportunity to see something on tape and make examples of how when we do have that commitment its turns out pretty good and when we don't we look pretty silly," he said.

"We had a lot of both good and bad," he added.

Rashad Wright returns to be the leader in the Georgia back court and Felton is encouraged with his play thus far. But anyone close to the Georgia program knows that should Wright get injured that the Dawgs would struggle to compete. Losing him will leave a void that would be difficult to fill.

"I just can't say enough about Rashad. He has just been tremendous," said the head coach.

Foul trouble could also be a problem for the Dawgs do to their roster situation. "Fouls are always going to be a concern with this team because we have so few players. We can ill afford to lose the seniors the most," Felton said.

Newcomers Levi Stukes and Buzz Wenhut looked solid and likely will rotate into plenty of playing time this winter. Steve Newman and Stukes could start during the season as Georgia gets used to its strange roster make up of all freshman and seniors. Stukes "can shoot and score" and Wenhut is a "terrific shooter" according to Felton.

Felton has complemented Damien Wilkins' ability to get the team going by passing the ball during the exhibition period. "He got us going with his first extra pass," said Felton. "That was an opportunity for the team to remember the value of passing."

"I think that what you are seeing in our exhibition games is what you have got. All of our freshmen are going to have to play a lot and they are going to have to play to a certain level to give us a chance to win games. They are going to have to develop and mature in a hurry and get tough in a hurry," he said.

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