Top 30 College Basketball Breakout Players

Georgia Bulldog basketball fans may have been shocked to see the Dawgs receiving two votes in the season’s first Coaches’ Poll.

However, this piece of news may come as an even bigger surprise: Nemanja Djurisic was named to CBS Sportsline’s list of 30 potential breakout players for the upcoming season.

According to Jeff Goodman, one of the network’s college basketball insiders, Neme has the tools to make a serious impact on this year’s Bulldog basketball team:

“The skilled forward from Montenegro came on late last season, but put up mediocre numbers as a freshman at 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Look for him to be a major part of Mark Fox’s offense this year, along with Kentavious Pope-Caldwell.”

I’m confused by Goodman’s use of the word “mediocre” to describe Neme’s freshman season (7 points/4 boards per game seems pretty respectable for a frosh in the SEC), but I appreciate his optimism in regards to the Montegro Express’s second year in Athens.

Hopefully Georgia can continue to accrue national media attention as the season draws ever nearer.

Spotlight on Fox

It appears that CMF and his upset-minded Georgia Bulldogs have caught the attention of a few of ESPN’s more prominent basketball analysts.

Dick Vitale, also known as “Dicky V” in the college basketball world, awarded Fox with his  Co-Coach of the Week award (sharing it with Arizona State’s Herb Sendek).

Fox also got a “shout out” from ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz in his “Weekly Watch” edition (check it out here – middle of the page under Coaching Props To…).

CBS Sportsline now has the Dawgs at #89 on its RPI ranking, which for Georgia is a tremendous improvement from prior seasons.  Hopefully UGA can continue to climb that ladder over the rest of the season.

One last note – I made reference to the difficulty of this year’s schedule in an earlier blog and CBS apparently agrees, ranking the Dawgs’ strength of schedule (SOS) at #34 in the country!