Thursday, March 17, 2016

Coach Hayes: Andre Wesson Might Be Worth a Look

UGA will soon finish the 2015/2016 season.  Hopefully, not too soon.  Would be nice for them to finish the year with an NIT championship.

Whenever the basketball playing ends, the basketball recruiting will need to pick up right away if UGA is to be a winner in the spring.  After watching Yante Maten score a career-high 33 points last night, I wondered if UGA could pick up another overlooked spring recruit (shudder to think what things would be like if Michigan State recognized Maten's potential-- they don't need any help).

The more I thought about the way Maten's recruitment developed, the more I thought about Andre Wesson.  Wesson's Dad was a 6' 9" post player for Ohio State back in the day.  Andre's younger brother Kaleb is an Ohio State commit.  Andre, however, is unsigned senior.

Is Ohio State this year's Michigan State?  Don't have room to sign a guy who grew up in their backyard?

Andre is now 6' 7" and he seems to be blossoming as a wing.  He averages 17 points and 6 rebounds, and shoots 54 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc.

Wesson's potential is the intriguing point.  He's still growing into his body.  I think he could end up being 6' 9" like his Dad, but maintain his shooting touch and be a pretty good all-around guy.  Maybe even like Yante Maten.  Might be worth a look.


Pretty good foot-work.  Nice arc on his shot.  Sort of reminds me of a bigger Tevin Mack.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tubby and Texas Tech

Well, they got an at-large bid to the Big Dance.

Not quite sure how he gets it done, but Tubby has a gift.  Fifth team he has taken to the NCAA's.

I guess if the Dawgs couldn't go, good that a former Dawgs coach did.

Good luck, Tubby!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Proud of the Dawgs (Seven Thoughts)

1.  Momentum

 Knew we couldn't pull it out when J.J. got hurt.  He's the only guy on the roster with the speed to get past UK defenders off the bounce and finish with off-balance lay-ups or floaters.

It was one of those floaters that unfortunately led to Georgia's defeat.  Frazier penetrated, lofted up a floater, which went in, but he landed on one of their guys' foot.

Turned ankles happen like that all the time when you play basketball, but J.J.'s occurred at the worst possible moment for Georgia.

Calipari noted after the game, "The break we had was when J.J. hurt his ankle."  "That was a big break for us because we couldn't guard them."

2.  UK Strategy

Kentucky went right after J.J., post-injury, and Briscoe took advantage by driving him right to the basket.  J.J. is a willing defender, but with one bad wheel, Briscoe overpowered him.  Don't blame Calipari at all.

3.  UGA Strategy

Kudos to Coach Fox for finding a way to put UK on their heels.  Great coaching. It worked, too, for 3 quarters of the game.  In the end, we ran out of gas.  Kenny Gaines had a couple of good looks rim out that he might have hit when rested.

I guess J.J. probably "deserved" to have a chance to play through pain and give it his best shot. However, in retrospect, it probably would have been better to close out the game with Turtle Jackson at the point,

4.  Big Men

Once again, our big men outplayed Kentucky's.  Happened last year when Marcus Thornton and Nemi Djurisic led the charge.  This time, Maten went for 20 and Ogbeide did a great job on the boards.  Houston Kessler was scrappy.

UK starters Poythress and Labissiere didn't hurt us.  Lee was neutralized for the most part.  Kentucky has great depth, though, and as Georgia got tired, Willis hit free throws and open looks.

Proud of Derek Ogbeide, Mike Edwards, and Yante Maten.  Those guys will play a lot of great basketball for Georgia in the future.  Maten has another level to reach.  Want to see him come out chiseled next year.  When Edwards gets stronger and adds three or four inches of leaping ability, and Ogbeide gets down an improved right-hand jump hook, look out!

5.  Recruiting

I hope some guys watched UGA today.  Nothing better than representing the Dawgs on the floor.

Sure, you can choose to play way across the country, like Jaylen B. at California, Tony Parker at UCLA, or Kobi Simmons at Arizona.  But no one from this side of the country gets to see you play in person, and the games aren't even on t.v.  Tony Parker is finishing his senior year at UCLA.  His 13 points and 8 rebounds a game would have been huge for us.  Meanwhile, the Bruins are 10th in the PAC-12, and not going to the NCAA's.  With their losing record, it doesn't even look like they'll be invited to the NIT.

Some elite players may want to head north up the east coast.  Same answer as above.  Why go to Duke or another school, when you can be the man at Georgia?  Even out of state players should give Georgia a serious look.

Who wouldn't want to come in and help?  J.J. and next year's four sophomores will be that much better, and Jordan Harris and Tyree Crump will ratchet things up on offense.  We're just a player or two away from having an incredible run.

6.  Coach Fox

For those who wanted a coaching change, it ain't gonna happen.  If Fox will use his momentum and continue to play fast on offense and zone on defense, that would be enough of a coaching change for most of us.  That, and #5 above.

7.  NCAA Tournament

Makes sense to me to have four teams from the SEC in the NCAA Tournament:  UK, Texas AM, South Carolina and UGA.  I think we're in.  Sure, I'm biased, but Georgia closed the season with five straight wins and a close one against Kentucky.   That's a lot for the selection committee to disregard.

All in all, great game, Dawgs.  A win would have been huge, but you represented us well.