2003-04 Record: 16-14, 7-9 SEC
New Players (rankings from PrepStars)
|Younes Idrissi||6-9||Freshman||Top 400|
|Dave Bliss||6-10||Freshman||Top 400|
Sundiata Gaines and Kevin Brophy are going to have to handle the point. Not much is known about Brophy, but Gaines played point in a very difficult New York City high school league. Channing Toney and Levi Stukes (6-1) should start on the wings. Robert Dozier will be at high post, and underneath the Bulldogs are going to have to cobble something together using Newman, the ponderous Waldrop (7-0, 350 lbs), Bliss, and Idrissi. Marcus Sikes (6-6) will be the sixth man. Wehunt (6-4) and McAuley (6-1) are walk-ons.
Stukes and the highly-regarded Toney, both excellent three-point shooters, figure to lead the offense. Toney and Gaines can take the ball to the basket and the versatile Dozier has the tools to develop into a scorer. There won't be much point production near the basket.
Rebounding and Defense
Chris Daniels was the leading rebounder and defensive player last year, and Rashad Wright, Jonas Hayes and Damien Wilkins were all solid. This year, with so little experience, the Bulldogs will struggle in these areas. Waldrop has the size to help, but isn't likely to develop to the point of having much impact.
Overall Prospects for 2004-05
The academic fraud scandal which came to light in 2003 and the subsequent dismissal of Coach Jim Harrick took an enormous toll on the Georgia program, and this should be the year in which Coach Dennis Felton feels the deepest effects. In Felton's first year, Georgia had four experienced seniors who each played lots of minutes; and despite a couple of lapses, Georgia managed to have a respectable year in 2003-04. Nothing of that sort can be expected this time. The Bulldogs are clearly the weakest team in the SEC East and not much better than Ole Miss in the west. They won't win more than three or four conference games and are not going to the NCAA, or even the NIT, this season.