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Hoop Hounds suffer another blow as Toumani Camara enters transfer portal

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Remember the olden days, when we had to speculate about whether or not a coach had lost his locker room?

With the advent of the transfer portal the mystery has been removed. Bulldog forward Toumani Camara entered the transfer portal today, becoming the fourth player from Tom Crean’s 2020-21 team to leave. He joins fellow starter guard Tye Fagan and reserves Christian Brown and Mikal Starks.

Fagan’s transfer was painful. Camara’s is debilitating. The sophomore averaged 12.8 points per game and led the team with 7.7 rebounds per game. There’s simply no obvious choice to replace that production.

Between transfers and graduate transfer players unlikely to return for another season, Georgia could return as few as five players from last year’s squad. That points toward yet another rebuilding year, which simply isn’t supposed to be where you are in year four of a coach’s tenure. 2021-22 was already shaping up as a make-or-break year for Crean.

The rapid disintegration of his roster this offseason doesn’t bode well for Crean making the kind of progress AD Josh Brooks would need to justify keeping him. At a program like Georgia’s coaching tenures don’t end in fury. They end in apathy. It’s hard to care about Georgia basketball when it’s becoming clearer that the guy in charge can’t even get the guys in uniform to commit to it.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!