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Fox Looks To Guards For Scoring At UGA

With Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie taking their talents from Athens to the LA Clippers, Georgia’s Mark Fox knows that folks will be wondering where the Dawgs’ scoring will come from in 2011-12:

“That’s the question.  We did lose a lot of scoring and I think any coach would tell you you’re always looking for who’s going to score field goals for you.  We’re all trying to build a defensive team that’s good enough to win, but you also have to score and that’s what we’re looking for right now.

Obviously (you look at) the two senior guards back in Gerald Robinson and Dustin Ware.  I think both those guys had games of over 20 last year.  They understand where to get their shots.  But I also think as seniors those guys understand how to control a team and get the other guys the ball.  Hopefully they’ll be able to make the transition easier for the other guys and help them find baskets.  But it is an area of concern for us.  When we start working out in the fall we’ll have to get an understanding of where we can get our shots and how we can best score.”

Fox quickly won over Georgia fans upon his arrival and led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament this past season.  But that was with a pair of NBA-level players inherited from Dennis Felton.  It will be interesting to see how Fox does over the next couple of seasons with his own players.

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UGA’s Fox Gets A Raise And Extension

Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox did good enough work in his second year to earn a $400,000 raise and a one-year contract extension.  The extension takes Fox’s pact through 2015-16 and the raise boosts his pay to $1.7 million per season.  Both items were approved by the school this morning.

“At one point in time he was basically too low on the SEC ladder,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said.  “Mark would probably be the first person to tell you he doesn’t think he needs to be the highest paid coach in this conference. … It’s where we need to be.  I think Mark knows this is a long journey and we hope he’s our coach for a long, long time.  It’s probably where we need to be right now.”

The next step in the journey for Fox is to prove that he’s not going to suffer the same fate that befell John Pelphrey and Trent Johnson.  Both coaches had early success with veteran players left behind by their predecessors, only to experience precipitous drop-offs when those veterans departed.

UGA will lose four starters from this past year’s NCAA Tournament team, including two possible NBA first-round draft picks.

Fox has his cash.  Now he needs to show that he’s really building a winner in Athens… and not just winning with Dennis Felton’s players.

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