99 in 99: #29 Georgia Bulldogs

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Georgia is the sexy sleeper that really is not a sleeper anymore because everyone is picking them to be a sleeper this season.  I hope that sentence makes sense.  The Bulldogs are on the rise under second year head coach Mark Fox and will be a feisty team in the loaded SEC East.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days ranks the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-major programs.  Click here if you missed teams #30-#99.

By: David Kay

Georgia Bulldogs (5-11 in SEC, 15-17 overall)

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Jeremy Price (Sr)/Chris Barnes (Sr)
F: Trey Thompkins (Jr)/Donte Williams (Fr)
F: Marcus Thornton (Fr)/Connor Nolte (Jr)
G: Travis Leslie (Jr)/Sherrard Brantley (So)
G: Dustin Ware (Jr)/Gerald Robinson (Jr)/Vincent Williams (So)

Gone: G-Ricky McPhee, G-Albert Jackson, F-Tyler Whatley, F/C-Drazen Zlarovic (transfer-Chattanooga), G-DeMario Mayfield (transfer-Charlotte), G-Ebuka Anyaorah (transfer-JUCO)

2010-2011 Outlook:
With a pair of possible 2011 NBA first round draft picks, Georgia will be on the mind of many in the college basketball world this season.

Trey Thompkins nba draftOne of those future pros is potential lottery pick and SEC Pre-Season Player of the Year Trey Thompkins.  Thompkins is a long, physical 6-9 player who might be the best pure post scorer in the conference.  He could be a double-double guy this season and will be a tough match-up defensively.

Joining Thompkins in the frontcourt will be freshman Marcus Thornton who originally committed to Clemson but chose re-open his recruitment after Oliver Purnell left for DePaul.  Thornton, Thompkins, and seniors Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes provide Fox a lot of physicality down low.

The other NBA prospect is the high-flying, posterizing Travis Leslie.  Leslie played a lot of three last season but should be more of a two as he will likely start alongside point guard Dustin Ware in the backcourt.  Tennessee State transfer Gerald Robinson will provide some scoring punch off the bench.

The Bulldogs will not be a great outside shooting team.  They will need to rely on their athleticism and strength if they are going to live up to the hype surrounding them this pre-season.

Player to Watch: Travis Leslie, G/F
Leslie is a staple on SportsCenter during the season thanks to his rim rocking dunks.  Besides being able to rise above the rim, the 6-4 junior is very physical and a talented rebounder for a guard as he averaged almost seven boards a game last year.  All those attributes are fine and dandy but if he can become a better all-around and more fundamental basketball player while improving his jump shot, his potential is through the roof.

Key Non-Conference Games:
11/16 vs. Colorado
11/20 at St. Louis
11/25 vs. Notre Dame (Old Spice Classic)
11/26 vs. Temple/California (Old Spice Classic)
11/28 vs. Wisconsin/Manhattan/Texas A&M/Boston College (Old Spice Classic)
12/3 vs. UAB
12/7 at Georgia Tech
2/8 vs. Xavier

Other 99 in 99’s:
#30 St. John’s
#31 N.C. State
#32 Florida State
#33 Marquette
#34 Temple
#35 Vanderbilt
#36 Arizona
#37 Murray State
#38 Dayton
#39 Notre Dame
#40 Mississippi State
#41 Utah State
#42 Maryland
#43 Richmond
#44 UNLV
#45 Seton Hall
#46 Wichita State
#47 Washington State
#48 St. Louis
#49 Old Dominion
#50 Minnesota
#51 New Mexico
#52 UConn
#53 Northwestern
#54 UCLA
#55 Southern Mississippi
#56 St. Mary’s
#57 Texas A&M
#58 Louisville
#59 Arizona State
#60 Northern Iowa
#61 Creighton
#62 Clemson
#63 Cincinnati
#64 Texas Tech
#65 Miami, FL
#66 Charlotte
#67 UTEP
#68 Ole Miss
#69 George Mason
#70 Colorado
#71 Weber State
#72 Alabama
#73 Bradley
#74 Central Florida
#75 Wake Forest
#76 Georgia Tech
#77 USC
#78 Oklahoma State
#79 Cal
#80 Oklahoma
#81 Virginia
#82 South Carolina
#83 Indiana
#84 Stanford
#85 Oregon
#86 Penn State
#87 South Florida
#88 Arkansas
#89 Boston College
#90 LSU
#91 Providence
#92 Michigan
#93 Oregon State
#94. Nebraska
#95. Auburn
#96. DePaul
#97. Iowa State
#98. Rutgers
#99. Iowa

Comments

  1. nice pic! we’re into the 20s now…getting to be that time!

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