Georgia basketball may be on a two-game winning streak, but after starter Jailyn Ingram went down with an injury, the Dawgs will have to reevaluate once again.
This injury isn’t what they needed just when the Dawgs started playing well together. Against Jacksonville University, Ingram went down with an injury and was later taken to the locker room.
While hopefully, Ingram can make a comeback, the Dawgs will have to find someone to replace his production and fast.
Before getting hurt, Ingram scored 12 points, had two assists and three rebounds.
Georgia basketball will have to replace Jailyn Ingram, one of its top production guys, and that’ll be tough.
Ingram was one of the veterans if you can say that, on the team. He was a graduate transfer emerging as one of the most dependable players for Georgia.
Losing him stings, but now the Dawgs will have to look to Braelen Bridges, Aaron Cook, Kario Oquendo, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, and others to see who can replace him.
Ingram was emerging as a leader too. With so much basketball experience, it seemed like Crean could really depend on him. He’s a competitor, so hopefully, this injury doesn’t set him back too far.
At 6-7, 225-pounds, Ingram could play low or around the perimeter for the Dawgs. Crean implemented a new system calling all his guys basketball players instead of giving them positions, so anyone on this team could take his spot.
However, Abdur-Rahim is of similar size to Ingram. He scored 10 against Jacksonville, and now the Dawgs will need him to keep that going.
Abdur-Rahim averages 7.8 points a game right now. He is close to the 10.7 Ingram averaged before getting hurt, but it’s time to step up and be that man Crean and his teammates can count on because this two-game win streak showed a team that was coming together at the right time.
Georgia still has three other guys averaging double-digit points in Bridges, who leads the team averaging 12.7 points a game. Cook averages 11 and Oquendo averages 10.4.
It will take a team effort to replace what Ingram put on the court in each game, but it’s doable with this roster. Crean needs to rally the troops and find a way to get them to play even more together.
The best part about the injury is Georgia having a small break between games. Their next matchup is on Dec. 18th at home in the Steg against George Mason. That time gap gives Crean and his team some time to rearrange and find the right schemes to play while Ingram is hurt.