The Georgia Bulldogs Men’s basketball team will open up the 2012-2013 season against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Friday November 9th in Athens. The Dolphins, who hail from the Atlantic Sun conference, finished last year with an 8-22 record.
Looking ahead to 2014, it appears that the Dawgs will play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Season Tip-Off, a 16-team tournament that was won last season by Syracuse.
The game with Jacksonville should serve as a nice warm-up for Georgia before they begin play in the 2012 Legends Classic. The Dawgs will serve as one of the regional hosts for this prestigious tournament along with Georgetown, Indiana and UCLA. The championship double-headers will be played on November 19-20 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Coach Mark Fox’s team could see Tony Parker very early in the season – in a UCLA uniform.
I found a nice article by Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph – Mark Fox defends his recruiting track record – in which Coach Fox discusses some of his past recruiting successes as well as his staff’s strategies when evaluating players.
Other than Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, it’s hard for me to envision any future NBA players on the Bulldogs’ current roster. However, I suppose I will reserve judgement until I have given Nemi Djurisic and John Cannon a few more years to develop…
For those of you who thought that Jeremy Price’s basketball career ended in Charlotte, North Carolina following UGA’s first-round loss to Washington in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, you should be pleasantly surprised to learn that Price has landed a spot playing professionally for the Joensuun Kataja of the Finnish Basketball League. His team was recently ousted from the Korisliiga Playoffs in a game in which Price contributed 14 points and 3 rebounds.
I’ve included a highlight reel of some of Price’s best Finnish-es (his PG deserves a lot of credit for these buckets):
The AJC’s Michael Carvell reported less than an hour ago that Miller Grove’s Tony Parker announced this afternoon that he will be attending UCLA next season, a decision that bumped the Bruins ahead of Kentucky for the nation’s #1 recruiting class of 2012 (according to ESPN).
Throughout Parker’s recruiting process, the media hinted that he might consider playing his college ball in Athens because of its proximity to home (his mom) and the fact that two of his Miller Grove teammates would also be donning the red and black (Donte Williams and Brandon Morris) along with him.
Apparently the sentimental perks that came along with signing with Georgia did not outweigh the allure of California’s sunny weather and beaches and, oh yeah, becoming part of the best recruiting class in the country.
Parker joins Shabazz Muhammad (5-star), Kyle Anderson (5-star) and Jordan Abrams (4-star) in what will surely be a prestigious Bruin squad.
The only other player that the Bulldogs are considering at the moment (of which there isn’t much left) is a 6’8″, 240 pound kid out of Wagener, South Carolina named Rakeem Hicks. He’s virtually unknown on most recruiting boards – no stars, grade or school list on ESPN – so he must be somewhat raw (or a diamond in the rough if you are an optimist?).
Other than a potential last-minute Hicks signing, it looks like the Dawgs’ frontcourt next year will a lot like this year’s, featuring Williams, Thornton, Neme, Florveous, John Cannon and Tim Dixon.
According to the AJC, Tony Parker may delay his announcement regarding where he will be playing basketball yet again.
Parker, who was slated to “shock the world” at the McDonald’s All-American Game, pushed his decision date back to April 11th. Well folks, April 11th happens to be tomorrow, and according to Parker’s coach at Miller Grove fans may not hear a thing.
At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I have to say that at this point I do not see much of a chance that this kid is actually going to choose Georgia over Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, UCLA, Memphis or Georgetown. If he was really planning to stay in state, wouldn’t he just come out and say it?
What does everyone else think?