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Monday, October 18, 2010

Hoops rule of three: Georgia picked third, picks up third recruit

The Georgia men’s basketball team’s season of higher expectations is starting with the Bulldogs being picked to finish third in the SEC East.

A media panel (which included myself) has voted Georgia third in the East, and Trey Thompkins as the preseason SEC player of the year.

Thompkins and Leslie each also made the All-SEC first-team.

Florida was picked to win the division, and was first on 13 of the 20 ballots. Defending champion Kentucky was second, followed by Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

The Bulldogs received two first-place votes. Illustrating how competitive the division is expected to be, four of the East teams received multiple first-place votes.

(Yes, Georgia ended up a spot higher than I voted it, and I didn't have Leslie on my All-SEC team. Feel free to call me names. The only thing the media agreed on was South Carolina, which was sixth on all 20 ballots.)

Mississippi State was the overwhelming choice to win the West.


Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have reeled in their third commitment for the 2011 class, this time a 7-foot junior college center.

John Florveus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., committed after making his official visit over the weekend.


Anonymous said...

Has UGA ever had 2 guys on the all-SEC first team??? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

pre or post season, that is...?

Anonymous said...

I'll take 3rd place. That would definitely get us an NCAA invite. That said, 3rd seems low for a team with two guys on the all-SEC first team. Can't expect everyone to hop on the bandwagon this quickly considering what this program has endured over the past several years, but I do think the supporting cast behind Leslie and Thompkins is being undervalued by most folks. Jeremy Price was a top 100 recruit out of high school and I think he will be an excellent compliment to Thompkins in the frontcourt and Gerald Robinson is going to add a dimension in terms of scoring and defense on the perimeter that we didn't have last year. Ware is a third year starter at PG. Thornton could be a starter at the 3 position by year end and is a star of the future. Barnes and Dontae Williams on the interior and Brantley on the perimeter should provide some valuable depth off the bench. Barring injury, nobody is going to want to play this team come March. I think at least a 6 seed is likely in the Dance.

Anonymous said...

Kentucky on the eve of the football game against said school :

(1) Yes, indeed we should switch the conversation to Men's Basketball like they always do every year this time of the year when football is looking for who are the Champions and which should play each other in the NC Game.

(2) Our season shot in football long since, we have fans and sports writers beat writers saying that UGA is NOT out of the race. These are the very ones who categorically refuse to carry the story only found on the Red and Black about our 2nd illegal benefits case with the NCAA over this time $500 and the sordid details about threats to publish nude pics and video if it is not pushed under the rug. We do this, saying that we are not out of it on the eve of this game vs a school which CMR has LOST 2 of the last 4 games against. And, we go there.

Hey Kentucky, we want to talk about not football as we enter November now but Men's Basketball, like you.

Hey Kentucky, we are NOT thinking about this game this week but how UGA can still win The SEC East Championship.

Joeski said...


SETH, I AM CALLING YOU NAMES! (use your imagination.)

On a more serious note: It is really satisfying to see our Dawgs no longer dismissed as a simple rent-a-victim in the SEC basketball talk.

To me, that is an improvement to be celebrated. Hopefully, Coach Fox will build on this.