Georgia is now nearly a quarter of the way through its 2012-2013 schedule, losing 5 of their first 7 games. Heading into this season, UGA needed at least one or two of its bigs from a year ago to show significant gains so that they could become offensive factors on this year’s team.
So far, the frontcourt has been virtually factor-less.
After last night’s loss at South Florida, I couldn’t help but feel as though I had sat through another UGA basketball game in which two things were completely missing from Georgia’s offense – free throws and short- to mid-range baskets.
The number of made two-point field goals and free throw attempts are both very telling statistics that can be used to gauge the effectiveness of a team’s inside game.
As of this morning, Georgia is scoring just under 27 points per game on two-point baskets, ranking them 321st out of 347 NCAA Division-I teams in that category. The Dawgs are barely attempting 16 free throws per contest, tying them with North Dakota State for 295th in the land.
This atrocious production by the UGA big men is either due to some serious overall underachieving, or more simply, that they are devoid of legitimate talent (I tend to lean towards the latter).
By now, most of the premiere high school bigs have already committed to top-notch programs. The only offer that Fox currently has on the table is to blue-chip center-type is to 6’10” five-star center Dakari Johnson, a native of Montverde, Florida. However, Mr. Johnson is also entertaining offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, Georgetown and Florida, so something tells me that the Dawgs are not really in the running.
Some of UGA’s recent inside players, like Jeremy Price, Albert Jackson and Dave Bliss, were merely role players on their respective teams. However, I would gladly take any of those three bigs right now and make them the featured forward on this year’s team.