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Another UGA BBaller To Transfer

Ebuka Anyaorah has been granted a release from the Georgia basketball program and will transfer to a new school in hopes of finding more playing time.

Anyaorah is the third player to transfer from Athens since the end of the season.  He averaged 10.5 minutes and 2.7 points per game for the Bulldogs last year.

We’ve written ad nauseum about the increasingly transient nature of college basketball today, so I’ll spare you on that front.

But I will point out the following:

Mark Fox got a very positive response from the Georgia fanbase during his first season.  One writer even suggested he be considered as an SEC Coach of the Year candidate.  So the fact that he’s seen three Dennis Felton recruits leave since April has been met with general positivity.  Fox is just upgrading his roster.

But in Alabama, Anthony Grant did not generate the kind of positive buzz in his first year that Fox did in Athens.  He has seen two Mark Gottfried recruits transfer out since the season ended.  But those departures are being viewed a bit differently because a) Grant didn’t build up the goodwill equity that Fox did and b) Alabama got bad pub for denying one player a chance to transfer to UAB.

The point?  It’s all about perception.  The roster purges at Georgia and Alabama are very similar.  But they’re being viewed differently because Fox got a bigger fan response than Grant did.

That’s even more interesting when you look at the two coaches’ records last year:

Fox went 5-11 in the SEC, 14-17 overall.

Grant went 6-10 in the SEC, 17-15 overall.

Perception is everything.

 




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