Even as Georgia was making its (sometimes halting) run toward its first NCAA tournament as an at-large entry since 2002, it was easier to view this team as more a last vestige than a new beginning. Five of the six contributing Bulldogs had been signed by Dennis Felton, who hasn’t coached since January 2009, and now four of those are gone.
Travis Leslie made it official Tuesday: He’s staying in the NBA draft. (Whether he’ll actually get drafted remains uncertain.) Fellow junior Trey Thompkins had already declared himself gone, and here’s where we delve into subtraction. Georgia will will begin its third season under Mark Fox without four of its top five scorers and without its top four rebounders. A team that averaged 68.8 points has just seen 43.4 of those walk out yonder door.
Had Thompkins and Leslie returned, the Bulldogs would have been a Top 10 team next season. Without both, Georgia will do well to finish fourth in the