Georgia basketball dealt another blow: Frazier out with concussion


If it’s not one thing, it’s another, and this time Georgia basketball lost guard J. J. Frazier to multiple injuries.

Reeling from a one point home loss to Auburn and already missing Kenny Paul Geno and Juwan Parker, the Georgia basketball squad took another blow this afternoon.

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“Tough news for J.J. because he’s been a big part of our team,” Marc Weiszer of quoted coach Mark Fox from his Monday night radio show. “It’s just a rough sport and he just got an elbow to the face. No other way to describe it.”

Already playing with a hairline fracture in his left hand, Frazier will have to satisfy concussion protocols before Georgia considers his return. Weiszer also reported Coach Fox believes that once Frazier clears concussion protocols, he can play with a facemask to protect the fracture.

Frazier joins Yante Maten and Marcus Thornton in the Concussion Club. The organization is rapidly losing its exclusivity.

Maten missed a game after being hit by a car in a cross walk and Thornton missed two games after taking a hard foul against Vanderbilt.

“This is the concussion capital this year, I’ll tell you,” Fox said.

The Dawgs will continue to be without Juwan Parker, who Fox revealed has sustained a setback in his recovery from an Achilles injury and will remain out, as will Kenny Paul Geno.

Georgia will now ask more from the already worn down backcourt options of Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann and Taylor Echols as well as rely even more heavily on Cameron Forte.

This may be the ultimate test of the Dawgs resolve to gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Georgia has already lost once to South Carolina, in Columbia, when playing without Thornton due to a concussion.  Even with the disappointing loss to Auburn, the Dawgs maintained a 32 ranked RPI.  Another loss at home to a poor SEC team may not be forgiven by the Tournament Committee and would drop Georgia into the SEC pack.

The Dawgs still control their NCAA fate, but this latest injury reminds everyone that destiny has a lot to say about one’s fate.

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