Roster Changes and Recruiting

Demario Mayfield and Drazen Zlovaric have asked to be released from their scholarships and will be transferring out of Athens before next season.

I am sad to see Mayfield leave, as I thought he showed a lot of promise (especially in the win against Florida) as a 6’4″ slasher with nice hops and strength. I am only speculating, but I am guessing that he felt that he should have gotten more playing time this year like his fellow freshman teammate Abuka Anyaorah – Demario only averaged 6.5 minutes a game. The addition of Gerald Robinson, Jr. to next year’s roster did not bode well for Mayfield’s PT either.

As far as Drazen (7.2 minutes/game) is concerned, best of luck to him. I didn’t really see where he fit into Coach Fox’s system – he’s not a very good outside shooter (26.3% from the field) and turned the ball over a bit much – but hopefully for his sake he will move on to greener (more Mid-Majory) pastures.

The one positive to take away from Mayfield leaving is that I think that it could be an indicator that Travis Leslie will be coming back for his junior year. Neither Leslie nor Trey Thompkins has officially stated whether they will enter their names into the NBA Draft pool, but with Mayfield’s departure I am more confident that Leslie will be back since they play the same wing position.

I am not as confident in Thompkins returning for his junior season – right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 (and man do I hope that I am wrong!). I scoured a lot of NBA blogs the past couple of days, and there is a growing consensus that if Trey entered the 2010 NBA Draft he could work his way into a lottery pick.

ESPN now has him listed as “late first round to early second”.

The latest 2010 mock draft has Patrick Patterson of Kentucky going 8th. In my opinion, Trey has a lot more upside than Patterson, and should he decide to enter this draft I could see him moving ahead of Patterson on draft day.

At the very least I fully expect Thompkins to enter his name into the 2010 Draft pool, with the option to withdraw by May 8th as long as he hasn’t hired an agent.

Picture this starting lineup for the 2010-2011 season – PG Dustin Ware; SG – Gerald Robinson, Jr.; F – Travis Leslie; F – Chris Barnes; F – Jeremy Price.

Not an awful starting five by any means, but I don’t see a Thompkins-less Dawgs squad winning more than 5 SEC games next year.

On the recruiting front, Coach Fox has locked up an official visit from Donte Williams. Williams is a 6’9″ center from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, GA. Scout.com has Williams listed as a two-star recruit, with offers from Georgia, Auburn, Georgia State and Virginia Commonwealth.

His Miller Grove team won back-to-back state AAAA championships his junior and senior years.

I actually saw this kid play in the AAAA Region-6 championship game against Chamblee High School. He is REALLY THIN – Williams is 6’9″, yet only weighs 200 lbs (and that could be generous). I think he is probably being looked at as a “project” by most schools, and should he decide to become a Bulldog then his first order of business should be to live at the dining hall for the first semester.

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9 thoughts on “Roster Changes and Recruiting

  1. I disagree about Thompkins and I’m not just saying that because I want him to come back. I think there’s at least a 70-80% chance that he returns, primarily because he’s not yet that highly rated on most draft boards. At this point, the general consensus is that he’d be a late 1st or early 2nd round pick. He had some games where he flat out disappeared and needs another year to elevate himself to lottery status. I don’t think it will be nearly as difficult of a decision for him to come back now that he’s seen what Fox and his staff can do to help his development and now that there’s a reasonable expectation that the team will be very competitive next year.

    As for the Patterson comparison, I think you’re a little off on that too. Patterson is going to be a lottery pick this year and has a very well rounded game. Not as easy to fully appreciate Patterson’s game since he’s playing on a team with 3 other guys in the starting lineup who are going to be very high first round draft picks.

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    1. Like I said, I hope I am wrong.

      Thompkins has a better outside shot than Patterson, and Trey definitely handles the ball better in the open court.

      I don’t think he is necessarily better than Patterson now (they are probably equal), but I think that he has more of an upside.

      Again, really really really hope he stays…

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  2. I guess I agree with Greg that Patrick Patterson is a heck of a basketball player. He does shoot well from the wing or the elbow (for a big man) and the NBA loves that in power forwards. He is good defensively and rebounds well. I have always loved the guy’s game. Trey may or may not have more upside–it is too early to tell. I’m certain that at this point Patterson is more NBA-ready than Trey, and I’d hate to see Trey go and languish on someone’s bench.
    I agree with you, hoop dawg about Mayfield. I think he can play in this league and would not be surprised to see him become a star for a Southern League team like Furman of Wofford. The one good thing I see to come out of this is that MF has two more scholarships to play with, and I hope he can find a JUCO forward who can contribute immediately (a la Shawn Coleman or Anthony Evans from Harrick’s first team).

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    1. Nice reference about Coleman and Evans…those guys were instant contributers. I actually played against Evans in high school, he was a load inside.

      I am excited about Cady Lalanne – 6’9″, 225lbs. That is good size for a high school kid (think Trey was 220lbs), and I read he led his team to the Florida state finals of the tournament this year.

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  3. Oh man, after the nice things I said about Patterson earlier, he had one of his worst games of the season in the loss to WVA. Can you believe KY was something like 3 for 26 from behind the arc, and many of those shots were wide-open. I thought the cats played tight once they got behind, didn’t pressure the ball enough (until it was too late) and showed their youth. WVA played a very smart game once the got a working margin wiith that incredible run of 3s–congrats to them and Bob Huggins.
    Is there any news out there about Poulee?

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  4. Cats looked awful.

    I tend ot agree with hoopdawg that Trey will have a better NBA career than P Pat. Patterson cannot create a shot for himself, he really only scores when he gets fed in good post position (which was too rare for Kentucky) or on a putback.

    My worry for Trey though is if he is physical enough to play the 4 in the NBA; he needs to muscle up so another year in college would be perfect.

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  5. I’ll be shocked if Trey leaves, but I guess we’re new to the idea of our players having a chance at the next level.

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