Felton won't discuss starters

ATHENS – Georgia head coach Dennis Felton has been adamantly against discussing his starting lineup since he arrived in Athens five years ago.

It's no surprise then that he won't address the subject heading into tonight's nationally televised game against Kentucky. The Bulldogs (12-11, 3-7 SEC) play the Wildcats (13-10, 7-3) at 9 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN.

"I never talk about who will start," Felton said.

The subject, though, is particularly interesting tonight. Junior guard Billy Humphrey, the Bulldogs second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, returns tonight from a three-game suspension. Humphrey started 18 of 19 games and was averaging 32.1 minutes per game prior to his suspension.

Felton made it clear that he has liked the offense better with freshman Zac Swansey in Humphrey's spot because Swansey moves the ball better, but Humphrey said Monday that he doesn't expect his role post-suspension to be any different than it was pre-suspension.

"I see myself as nothing more than an addition, which I feel like can help us win a few more games," he said.

Humphrey was able to rest his ailing left knee during his suspension and even considered sitting out longer to see if the injury would completely heal, he said, but he decided against that.

"It feels better," he said. "I was kind of skeptical about when I wanted to get back out there. It's not by any means near where it needs to be, but it's gotten better."

Swansey, who has averaged 7.6 points and two assists in his three starts, isn't worried about who starts tonight, he said.

"I'm going to work hard and leave that decision up to Coach Felton," he said.

"I'm just going to come in and work hard every day and earn the minutes he is going to provide for me. We're glad to have Billy back. He's a big part of this team and big-time leader."

Stay tuned to see which way Felton goes.

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