After landing Michigan big man Michael Edwards last week, Georgia had utilized 13 available scholarships for next season. That may have been a bit of a problem considering Georgia was also still pursuing high school targets like Jaylen Brown and Tevin Mack, as well as had reported interest in a graduate transfer big man. So where was the space to come from?
Well, there is now an opening for at least one more addition this spring as rising senior F Cameron Forte has elected to join another program after getting his degree in Athens after this semester. Forte became a key player off the bench for Fox when his roster was hit with multiple injuries, including hitting the game-winning basket against Alabama.
A 6'7 F, Forte was a bit of a tweener in that he struggled defending quicker SFs, who at the college level are often taller guards. And when matched up against PFs, Forte's lack of size became a hindrance. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, the release on georgiadogs.com indicates he will likely transfer closer to home. Since he graduates this spring, Forte will be eligible to play immediately wherever he lands.
What this means for Georgia is unknown. Forte proved an effective option off the bench at both F spots, and was a possible starter alongside Yante Maten up front with little more than freshman competing for the spots with Osahen Iduwe and Houston Kessler also returning. Forte's production will be missed unless Fox and his staff can land a starting caliber option with the new available spot.
This spring and summer will be critical for the basketball team as it looks to recruit strong and build on the momentum from the last two seasons of success in SEC play and an NCAA Tournament appearance heading into the 2015/16 season with a loaded backcourt.