October 23, 2009

Meet the 2009-2010 Georgia Hoop Dawgs

It's a new era in Georgia basketball as Mark Fox takes over the program after being the named as the replacement for former coach Dennis Felton back on April 3.

Many of the names remain the same for the Bulldogs, including sophomore Trey Thompkins who Fox will lean on to provide as much of the offensive load as possible.

Thompkins helped lead the U.S. 19-under team to a World Championship last summer in New Zealand, but will obviously need some help leading the Bulldogs who won just seven SEC games last year.

"We will need to grow more offensive minded," Fox said. "This team struggled to score points last season, so that's an area we need to improve."

No kidding.

Georgia averaged just 64.9 points per game, which ranked last in the SEC but was also nearly six points less than the nearest competitor.

The Bulldogs averaged just 61.9 points during conference play.

But as far as Fox is concerned, the past is just that - the past.

"I want kids believing they came here because our team could be successful," he said "Success is the by-product of a lot of things, most importantly the habits and the daily approach of the people in the program," Fox said. "It's a certain way you carry yourself. That's what we've worked on with our players so far. If you don't change the mindset in the lockerroom, you don't have a chance."

The following is a breakdown of the 2009-2010 Georgia Bulldogs:

Albert Jackson (Sr., 6-10, 265): Georgia's lone four-star performer has battled injuries throughout his career but continues to be one of the Bulldogs' most hard-working performers, specifically through the second half of the 2008 season when he was one of Georgia's most improved performers. The Kentucky native was slowed by an ankle injury last fall and has been battling a fracture in his wrist, but has been playing with a cast and will be ready for the season-opener Nov. 13 against New Orleans.

G Ricky McPhee (Sr., 6-1, 184): A walk-on from Gardner Webb, McPhee emerged as Georgia's top outside scorer from last year, playing key roles in wins over Florida and Vanderbilt.

F Jeremy Price (Jr., 6-8, 264): Price averaged 8.1 points as a true freshman and landed a spot on the SEC All-Rookie team but saw his productivity dip after being replaced in the starting lineup midway through December. As long as he maintains his condition (he's in great shape now), Price will play a huge role for the Bulldogs.

F Chris Barnes (Jr., 6-8, 240): Barnes has completely recovered from a series of injuries that cost him during his freshman year two seasons ago. Barnes is capable of very productive minutes working in Fox's system.

F Trey Thompkins (Soph., 6-9, 247): The talented sophomore is Georgia's top returning scorer with 12.6 points per game and rebounds with 7.4 per contests. Thompkins also led the team in blocked shots (31).

F Dustin Ware (Soph., 5-11, 182): Ware earned the starting job at point guard midway through the season, starting the final 13 games of the season. He finished third on the team in scoring at 7.4 points per game and led the Bulldogs in assists with 3.4 per game.

G Travis Leslie (Soph., 6-4, 202): Leslie missed the last five games of the season to focus on his academics and according to Fox is back in good standing for this year. Arguably the most athletic people on the team, look for Leslie to play an increased role.

F Drazen Zlovaric (Soph., 6-9-210): Zlovaric played sparingly as a freshman, scoring 16 of his 21 points for the year in an early season win against Mississippi Valley State.

G Ebuka Anayorah (RFR., 6-3, 190): Anayorah redshirted last year after he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg and has been at full speed for several weeks now. Anayorah is expected to give the Bulldogs another outside scoring threat.

G Matt Bucklin (So., 6-0, 170): The sophomore walk-on is Georgia's only backup guard with any collegiate experience, earning just three minutes all of last season.

G Vincent Williams (Fr., 6-0, 160): Fox's first signee, Williams brings a shooter's touch from the outside which should make up more suited for the off-guard position.

F Tyler Whatley (Sr., 6-7, 220): Whatley sat out last year after transferring from Wofford.

G DeMario Mayfield (Fr., 6-4, 190): A freshman from nearby Franklin County High, look for Mayfield to contribute to the Dawgs at both backcourt positions.

G *Gerald Robinson (Jr., 6-1, 165): A transfer from Tennessee State, Robinson will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be a great benefit during practice before stepping in to compete for time next season.


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