SEC Preview: Georgia

Georgia basketball doesn't get the same type of publicity that the Bulldogs get on the gridiron but Mark Fox hopes to change that and soon.

Note: went to its experts at each of the 12 SEC schools to put together preseason scouting reports for all the league teams while also polling our writers to determine their picks to win the division and overall league titles.



By Dean Legge



The hard part is about to begin for new Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox.


Georgia basketball has been struggling to find its way for decades. From time to time the Dawgs have scraped together impressive tournament runs, like the 2008 SEC Tournament championship, but on the whole Georgia basketball has underperformed in a huge way for a long time.


It will be Fox’s job to make Georgia a winner… all of the time.


That will not be easy this year.

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  • The talent level at Georgia is low and limited, and any depth on the team is shallow. Only two returning players averaged more than seven points a game last season – Dustin Ware and Trey Thompkins. It will be Thompkins’ burden to supply Fox with the talent needed to compete in the SEC. One of the better young players in the conference, Thompkins spent his summer with the United States Under-19 men's world championship team. Thompkins was the national team’s scoring leader with 11.6 points per game.


    While Thompkins has certainly improved his play, he will need the same from his teammates if the Bulldogs have hopes to compete in the suddenly-better SEC.


    Chris Barnes, Jeremy Price and Albert Jackson need to improve their play if the Bulldogs are going to have a post presence outside of Thompkins this winter. It is hard to know what true freshmen DeMario Mayfield and Vincent Williams will bring to the table. Travis Leslie will have to consistently turn on his athleticism for the Dawgs to compete on the hardwood. Ware will need to be steady at the point guard spot.


    The talent is not in Athens to compete for an SEC title this season. It is hard to know for sure just how limited the Bulldogs are. One thing is certain – they don’t have near the skill of their SEC East brethren Kentucky. Conference wins will be few and far between for the Dawgs this season. Fox needs to concentrate his efforts on getting as much talent into Athens as possible and then developing it.


    Georgia, the state itself, is one of the most talent-rich basketball states in the country. Dennis Felton did not recruit effectively anywhere – let alone in Georgia. If Fox wants an outcome vastly different than other Georgia head coaches have had before him, he will take a vastly different approach.


    He should attack the Atlanta area in recruiting and be relentless about it. The skill in Atlanta over a four-year period is enough to take a program deep into the NCAA Tournament consistently. There is no reason – zero – that Georgia shouldn’t be in the NCAA Tournament consistently. It will be up to Fox to get the Bulldogs there.


    SEC Predicted Order of Finish


    SEC East

    1. Kentucky

    2. Tennessee

    3. Florida

    4. South Carolina

    5. Vanderbilt

    6. Georgia


    SEC West

    1. Mississippi State

    2. Ole Miss

    3. LSU

    4. Alabama

    5. Arkansas

    6. Auburn


    Overall League Champion: Kentucky

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