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Post Georgians headed to the NCAA Tournament

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Georgia’s 2012-2013 basketball season ended up having quite a bit more life than I expected, but it still ended just short of a shot at postseason consideration. Mark Fox has patroled the Stegeman sidelines for four years. The NCAA Tournament bid in 2011 was the high point, but the process of rebuilding the program has been slow going. Have we reached a plateau, or will there be a payoff to patience in and a commitment to a coach?

Getting Georgia back to the postseason is going to be about the players. With Caldwell-Pope’s return for next season still up in the air, Georgia might have to find answers elsewhere. One player like Caldwell-Pope can elevate a program, but we learned this year that the rest of the cast must do its part. There was some nice progress from the freshmen in the backcourt. The frontcourt remains a liability. If Georgia is going to continue to show progress next season, there are significant holes to fill.

Though no team from the state of Georgia is headed to the 2013 tournament, there are 25 student-athletes participating who called Georgia home. I don’t mean to suggest that Georgia would be a contender if they built a team around this list – there are players here from high-major starters to minor program benchwarmers. There are also several good players from Georgia who are on teams that didn’t make the tournament. But good recruiting starts at home, especially in a state like Georgia. Will Kentavious Caldwell-Pope be a rare exception, or will some of these home-grown impact players start to pick Georgia and lead Fox’s program to the postseason?

Player Position Year College Hometown Stats
Alloune Diouf G Sr. James Madison Powder Springs (McEachern) 4.8 pts / 3.4 reb
Bernard Thompson G So. Fla. Gulf Coast Conyers (Rockdale County) 14.0 pts / 4.4 reb
Carl Hall F Sr. Wichita State Cochran (Bleckley County) 12.8 pts / 7.2 reb / 1.6 blk
Cashmere Wright G Sr. Cincinnati Savannah (Urban Christian Academy) 12.6 pts / 3.1 asst
Chad Lang C So. Belmont Marietta (Marietta) 1.2 pts / 1.1 reb
Connor Perkey F Fr. Davidson Atlanta (Pace Academy) 0.4 pts / 0.4 reb
Damien Goodwin F Fr. Southern Atlanta (Columbia) DNP
Damien Wilson G Fr. Memphis Austell (Oak Hill Academy) 1.8 pts
Jacquez Rozier F So. Middle Tennessee Waynesboro (Burke County) 1.8 pts / 1.6 reb
Jamail Jones G Jr. Fla. Gulf Coast Atlanta (Montverde Academy) DNP – transfer
JJ Mann G/F Jr. Belmont Smyrna (Hargrave Miliary Academy) 10.5 pts / 4.7 reb / 2.6 asst
Jordan Adams G Fr. UCLA Atlanta (Oak Hill Academy) 15.3 pts / 3.8 reb
Lorenzo Brown G Jr. NC State Roswell (Centennial) 12.1 pts / 4.3 reb / 7.2 asst
Marcos Knight G Sr. Middle Tennessee Rentz (West Laurens) 12.5 pts / 5.8 reb / 2.4 asst
Michael Hall F-C Fr. Harvard Atlanta (Woodward Academy) 0.8 pts / 0.7 reb
Nigel Snipes F So. Western Kentucky Marietta (Wheeler) DNP – injured
Richard Howell F Sr. NC State Marietta (Wheeler) 12.7 pts / 10.7 reb
Rion Brown G Jr. Miami Hinesville (Liberty County) 5.9 pts / 1.8 reb
Shannon Scott G So. Ohio State Alpharetta (Milton) 4.8 pts / 3.8 asst
Shaq Goodwin F Fr. Memphis Atlanta (Southwest DeKalb) 7.8 pts / 4.6 reb
Tekele Cotton G So. Wichita State Marietta (Whitefield Academy) 6.3 pts / 3.9 reb
Thomas Marshall G So. Southern Atlanta (Miller Grove) Has not played since Nov. 15
Tony Parker F-C Fr. UCLA Atlanta (Miller Grove) 2.2 pts / 1.1 reb
Tony Woods C Sr. Oregon Rome (Rome) 9.5 pts / 3.7 reb
Torin Walker C Jr. Middle Tennessee Columbus (Northside) 2.4 pts / 1.4 reb


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