Recruiting Rankings, Trey and the SEC East

The amount of preseason hype surrounding this upcoming season for Mark Fox’s Georgia Bulldogs has been slightly unprecedented.  Georgia basketball fans are not accustomed to seeing their team mentioned in the annual Preseason Top 25 rankings, nor are they used to having TWO players on the Preseason All-SEC First Team (Thompkins & Leslie).

And the hype is not limited to 2010.

ESPN currently has the Dawgs ranked #21 in it’s Class of 2011 Team Basketball Recruiting Rankings, with Kentavious Caldwell being the highlight of the class thus far.  These are BASKETBALL recruiting rankings…and Georgia is in them!

Check out this interview I found with Foxsports.com’s John Goodman and Trey Thompkins.  During the interview,  Thompkins discusses why he came to UGA, how excited he is about playing with Gerald Robinson, dealing with the preseason hype and trying to guard Kevin Durant this past summer at the Team USA practices.

One more thing to ponder – how stacked is the SEC East?

With four teams (UF, Kentucky, Tenn & Georgia) in Andy Katz’s Preseason Top 25, and one (Vandy) listed in the “Dozen More to Watch” it seems that the SEC East may be the toughest half of any conference in the nation going into the 2010-2011 season.

Need further proof?

Doug Gottlieb listed Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee in his list of twenty teams that he sees as legitimate Final Four contenders heading into next year.

It is going to be ultra-competitive in the SEC East this year, and I think there is a very realistic chance that this half of the conference sends five teams to the NCAA Tournament.

“Don’t Sleep on the Dawgs”

ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz listed Mark Fox‘s Georgia Bulldogs at #25 in his “revised top 25 for the 2010-2011 season“.

There is also a link on this page for the ESPNU podcast in which Katz and fellow college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb talk more about Katz’s rankings.  If you fast forward in to about 35 minutes into the podcast, you will here both analysts praise the Dawgs – Gottlieb refers to Travis Leslie in admiration as the “Human Highlight Film” – and Katz’s goes on to project Fox’s team to make a run in next year’s NCAA Tournament!

I have never been this excited for an upcoming UGA basketball season.