Georgia Basketball Program News, Bench Warmers:
News has broken about a plan to liven up the Stegeman Coliseum and recreate the excitement that existed during the 2014 NIT contests.
Non-student Georgia basketball fans holding a reserved seat game ticket may obtain a wrist band entitling them to move during the under 12 minute timeout of the first half to un-used lower level seats. Wrist bands will be distributed first come first serve and the number of wrist bands allotted will be based on attendance projections for that particular game.
The plan was developed after observing a similar program at the University of Texas. Allowing “Bench Warmers” to move closer to the action and fill in the empty seats will create a greater home court advantage for the team and an exciting game day atmosphere for the fans.
Georgia basketball fans wishing for a Dream Team recruiting season took heart this week as it became more and more likely 6’11″ Rivals four star center from Luella, GA, Doral Moore, will not receive a scholarship offer from the Kentucky Wildcats. Illinois may be the team to beat for the post player at the top of the Georgia board, but, as long as Kentucky Big Blue is out, Georgia remains in the game. Georgia needs desperately to sign a post player in 2015 and prospect names will very soon emerge regarding options other than Moore.
Regarding Jaylen Brown, 6’7″ SF, Marietta, GA, the other wish in the Dream Team, the situation is very simple: Jaylen Brown is one of the top three players in America and he will go to any school he wishes. When the Blue Bloods of college basketball – Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and the somewhat lesser and lighter blue UCLA – come calling, it is very hard for any player to resist. Georgia remains in the game, but smart money says whatever interest Brown has in Georgia will fade.
Athens’ own 6’4” combo guard Will Jackson was a huge pick up for the Bulldogs. And a flip from UCONN is a huge morale builder for the Bulldog Nation. Jackson’s stock has slipped during the summer, but he is the best player to ever come out of Athens in the post-segregation era and it was critical that Georgia claim him. Bulldog fan’s attention now turns to Tevin Mack and Malik Beasley.
Mack, SG/SF, 6’6”, Columbia, SC, is still being touted as the most likely élite player to sign with Georgia, but Bulldog Fans are growing anxious waiting on his commitment. No news is good news regarding Mack. Actually, the best news regarding Mack may have been the recent departure of SF Brandon Morris from the program. Mack told Eric Bossi, Rivals National Writer, “I want to go somewhere and make an impact. I don’t want to go and sit for a couple of years. I want to go somewhere I can earn my spot and make an instant impact.”
Regarding Malik Beasley, SG, 6’4” Alpharetta, the bad news is that he is simply very, very good. His play has been stellar this summer and is attracting attention from throughout the county. While the Blue Bloods have yet to offer, he has picked up scholarship offers from coast to coast, including recent offers from UCONN and Oregon. His list includes Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Maryland, and the dreaded UCLA Bruins.
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