Georgia Basketball: 2010 Wrap Up

ATHENS - A wrap up of what went right, what went wrong and what to look forward to for Georgia Basketball.


FINAL RECORD: 14-17, 5-11, 6th in the SEC Eastern Division.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Bulldogs were not a high-scoring team (68.6 ppg) but they held opponents to under 70 points a game. They also shot well, improving to 45.6 percent from last season's mediocre 41.2 percent. Sophomores Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie were about as exciting duo as there was outside of Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins with the 6-4 Leslie playing out of position at forward. G Dustin Ware had better than a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 105 assists and only 48 turnovers. The Bulldogs also were one of the better free-throw shooting teams in the league (71.1 percent).

WHAT WENT WRONG: The Bulldogs struggled with turnovers (15 a game) and had trouble holding onto leads in several games. Just when it appeared they were settled up front with C Albert Jackson holding things down in the low post, Jackson was arrested on an old warrant for a hit-and-run incident for hitting a parked car in a parking lot. He missed only one game but never returned to the starting lineup. The regular season ended on a disappointing note when the Bulldogs lost at LSU to drop into last place in the SEC Eastern Division, losing out on the division's No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. It also left the Bulldogs 0-11 in road games for the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "One of the things that we felt like this team could do is improve the entire year, and we felt like we did that. Kids kept getting better." -- Coach Mark Fox, looking back on his first year with the Bulldogs.


THE GOOD NEWS: The early wins over Illinois and Georgia Tech and general competitiveness seemed to revive the program. If Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie pass on the NBA and return for their junior years, the Bulldogs will have the opportunity to keep that momentum going.

The Bulldogs have only one signees coming in (6-foot-8 F Cady Lalanne, a three-star prospect as rated by both and but also will have two transfers eligible. G Gerald Robinson Jr. comes from Tennessee State and looks to give the backcourt a lift. F Connor Nolte comes from Furman.

THE BAD NEWS: Georgia may want to lobby hard to get the SEC division setup altered because the Bulldogs labor in what looks to be the tougher of the two groups in the league again next season. There's not a whole lot of room available at the top with the likes of Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Florida in the Eastern Division.

If Thompkins or Leslie decide to leave for the NBA, that leaves a big gap up front that will have to be filled by a newcomer.

KEY RETURNEES: F Trey Thompkins finished averages of 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, putting him in the Top 10 in the SEC in both categories. G Travis Leslie finished the season with a career-high 34 points in the loss to Vanderbilt and averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds game for the season. G Dustin Ware became just the third Bulldog with 100 assists for a season when he finished with 105 against only 48 turnovers. F Jeremy Price (7.2, 4.0) and F Chris Barnes (3.2, 3.2) also return. Barnes had 10 starts, Price four.


--F Trey Thompkins was one of five unanimous selections by the league's coaches for the all-SEC team for 2010. He is Georgia's first first-team selection since Jarvis Hayes in 2002 and 2003.

--G Travis Leslie scored 55 points in Georgia's two tournament games to lead the Bulldogs in scoring and boost his final scoring average to 14.8 ppg. He shot 48.7 percent from the field for the season. He averaged 6.3 ppg as a freshman in 2008-09 and shot 44.7 percent.

--G Ricky McPhee fell 13 points short of averaging in double figures in his senior season, but his 9.6 average was nearly three times his 3.6 average as a junior. He shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

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