It was a rough night for Mark Fox and the Georgia men's hoops team. Georgia Tech came in to town, winning 80-71 in a sloppy, hard fought game. There were some positives from the night, and some good signs to build upon, but at the end of the day we turned the ball over too much and didn't get enough rebounds to come away victorious.
First, the positives, Cameron Forte looks like a player, and really has a strong first half scoring the ball. Charles Mann seems to have developed a shot, reminiscent of the work Fox and his staff did drastically improving Travis Leslie's jumper between his freshman and sophomore seasons. And with that improvement, the big PG who was somehow overlooked playing for two of the best Atlanta area HS now has the ability to be an NBA player. Tulsa, OK native and freshman Juwan Parker looks like he's going to be a very nice pickup.
Nemi Djurisic, bless his little heart, is what he is and that's the worst kind of tease. He gives you those moments of brilliance, just enough to fool you into thinking that once he puts it all together you've got a player. But he never puts it together. Donte Williams has regressed from his sophomore breakout two years ago.
After two games, Georgia is 1-1. There is potential with this team, for good and bad. And they've got a little less than a week to keep working on things before we get another great test in Charleston, SC. We tip off against Davidson on Thursday at 5 p.m. (on ESPNU) in the Charleston Classic. Depending on who wins and loses, that'll lead to another ESPNU televised game against either Clemson or Temple at a to be determined time on Friday evening.