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Showing posts with label Basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Basketball. Show all posts

July 14, 2014

Fox dismisses Brandon Morris

Not a surprise after the felony pot arrest.
TD

July 13, 2014

I was gonna play some hoops, but I got high

Brandon Morris goes all in with a felony pot arrest. He's been immediately suspended, per UGA policy. And let the 'why we didn't make the NCAA tourney' excuse mongering begin.
TD

July 7, 2014

PG Will Jackson switches from UConn to UGA

If this holds, it is a strong get. Jackson is an Athens Christian School Point Guard that committed to UConn
Huge get if it pans out.
TD

June 23, 2014

Suits and Sneakers Gala to be held August

Noticed a bit in Bill King's Q&A in the AJC about Suits and Sneakers, which benefits the American Cancer Society's initiatives in Athens and beyond. Friend of the blog Sravanthi Meka gets a plug in
Sravanthi Meka writes: Hey Bill! Hope your summer is going well. I was wondering if you could put in a good word for our 5th Annual Suits & Sneakers event to be held a Stegeman Coliseum on August 16th. As usual, it will be a fun night with games, chances to get photos and meet the basketball players, including our newest Bulldogs, and some amazing auction items in the silent and live auctions. In addition, our emcee will be none other than Rece Davis, and we will have a special guest and speaker attending, UGA’s very own Amy Robach! Visit www.suitsandsneakersga.org for more information. … I also post updates on auction items on our Facebook and Twitter pages frequently. Sponsorships and tickets (individual tickets or tables of 10) are still available. Thank you for you support and GO DAWGS! 
Thanks, Sravanthi. Sounds like a fun way for UGA fans to cap off a visit to the Classic City and do some good.
If you are in town for picture day and want to stick around, it is a great time. I've been to a couple and it is a fun time, plus a great way to meet the basketball team and coaches.

TD

June 12, 2014

Charles Mitchell to transfer to Tech

Looked for a while the Maryland transfer would come to Athens. The 6 foot 8 inch power forward would have been a nice fit to fill the hole being vacated by Donte Williams. Alas, we'll face him to open the season on November 14th at Tech.
TD

April 25, 2014

Ya think?

By now, I'm sure you've heard Stacey Palmore will not be retained by Coach Fox as Georgia's assistant basketball coach. Palmore was responsible for recruiting Atlanta for UGA. Now, Coach Fox is looking for a new assistant.
Well, that's good news, right?

It isn't hard to put together what the conversation the AD and Coach Fox had at the end of the season, when you think about it.

We wish Coach Palmore the best of luck in the future. By all accounts, he's a genuinely great guy who put a lot into his job.

TD

April 17, 2014

Tim Dixon to transfer

With Cannon and Dixon gone, does this mean we have room to recruit more not guards?
TD

Fox is master of the art of revisionist history

Excuse me while I clear my throat...
"We got the top two guys we targeted all spring. We didn't lose them in the spring and we didn't lose some guys … if you believe what's on the Internet then shame on you, because we could not have taken a guard on scholarship in the fall. Don't act like we lost somebody because they're the wrong position. We missed on one kid we targeted early, which is part of it, but we feel good about what these guys can do it."-Coach Mark Fox in an interview with Anthony Dasher (I don't have the link, but it is on UGASports.com)
Let's put aside the irony of Coach Fox giving the quote to an Internet outlet. He thinks all the recruiting services should be shamed.

From 247Sports:

NamePosInterest
  • Rating
  • NTL
  • POS
  • ST

POINT GUARD (3)

Alex RobinsonAlex Robinson
Kennedale (Kennedale, TX)
PG
6-1/170
Texas A&M
Devin MitchellDevin Mitchell
Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA)
SG
6-3/170
Alabama
Devin MitchellDevin Mitchell
Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA)
SG
6-3/170
Alabama

SHOOTING GUARD (4)

Ahmed HillAhmed Hill
Aquinas (Augusta, GA)
SG
6-4.5/192
25 schools
Matthew Fisher-DavisMatthew Fisher-Davis
Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC)
SG
6-4/175
Vanderbilt
Marial ShayokMarial Shayok
Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) 
SG
6-7/205
17 schools
Chai BakerChai Baker
Malone (Malone, FL) 
SG
6-3/180
Oregon State

COMBO GUARD (3)

Grayson AllenGrayson Allen
Providence (Jacksonville, FL)
SG
6-4/189
Duke
Tadric JacksonTadric Jackson
Tift County (Tifton, GA)
PG
6-2/200
Georgia Tech
Jalyn PattersonJalyn Patterson
Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL)
CG
5-11/170
LSU
This list jives with ESPN's offer list. That's ten guys that two media outlets just absolutely missed getting the information right on. Or made up. Or lied about. Because Georgia certainly didn't waste offers on guards, if I'm reading Coach Fox's words right.

So are we to believe that if Tadric Jackson or Devin Mitchell decided to come to Athens we'd have said no? Really? Are we to believe that if Ahmed Hill calls Coach Fox today he's going to tell him we're good at guard, no thanks?

That's crazy talk. I'm much less bothered about this year's recruiting than the no back up plan plan from years past. Frankly, that quote is insulting in both message and tone to the most ardent fans of the program. You can bet recruiting was one of those things McGarity talked to Coach Fox about. And if I'm the AD, I'm insulted by the message and tone, too.

The thing is this: Coach Fox is burning good will with those fans needlessly. He got the extension. He did a good job this season getting UGA to the postseason with a lineup that was exposed as suspect early. He signed one guy that looks to offer some immediate potential and another that is a project, but with a ton of upside, and those two look to be improvements over the one guy that just quit. And we didn't fight Lamar off for either of them.

Much like Fox yelling at the students chanting 'one more year' to KCP, when it was the first time in the game the student section had a pulse, this quote illustrates his disdain for dealing with those of us that support the program because we don't do it the way he wants us to. I'm no marketing expert, but I know enough to say that isn't the way to build excitement for your program.

But what do I know? I read the Internet.
TD
 
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