UGA’s Mark Fox is no fan of high school all-star games

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UGA’s Mark Fox is quick to answer when asked about his opinion of the numerous high school all-star basketball games.

“I hate those games,” Fox told the AJC. “The hard thing about those all-star games is that so many times, the guy who rebounds the ball ends up shooting it. Well, he ends up shooting it or throwing it out of bounds to the cheerleaders.”

Fox paid close attention to the all-star games this year because his top recruit — Greenville High School’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — played in a couple.

In the McDonald’s All-America game, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard finished with 6 points on 2-of-6 shooting. He missed all three attempts from the 3-point line.

In the Jordan Brand Classic, Caldwell-Pope fouled out with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

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“Kentavious probably had a lot of fun playing in them,” Fox said. “But I don’t feel like he gets enough shots, or shots in the right places.

“I do think it has been a great experience for him. He has represented himself and the state of Georgia well. He has shown to be a versatile player who can score a lot of different ways. He’s a great, great young player. He deserves to be in those all-star games.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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23 comments Add your comment


April 26th, 2011
1:03 pm

Excited to have that young man join the Dawgs for next season! I’m sure Coach Fox will get him his needed shots and in the right spots. Go Dawgs!

Mtn Dawg

April 26th, 2011
1:08 pm

Has Kevin Ware made a final decision? Louisville?

The rest of us

April 26th, 2011
1:08 pm

Kids love them for two reasons, television time and sponsor swag.


April 26th, 2011
1:09 pm

We have a Basketball Team?

Mtn Dawg

April 26th, 2011
1:10 pm

Me@ What’s your problem with Trey Thompkins? The dawgs would not have made the tournament without him. If you can’t contribute anything positive, go find your own blog.


April 26th, 2011
1:13 pm

Despite his distaste for these games, I suspect that Coach Fox, and Dawg fans, wouldn’t mind watching future Dawgs play in these games on an annual basis. He needs to, because UK and UF have guys play in the all-star games. Got to keep up with the Joneses.


April 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

UGA basketball…..LMAO!


April 26th, 2011
1:53 pm

He points out why i’m not a fan of any all star games really. They are never a good representation of the talent that is involved in them, they are really just dog and pony shows, usually with guys showing off. They are more boring then spring football games.


April 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

These games are horrible.
Nothing but shooting 3’s and dunking.
You see more defense from a high school p.e. class.


April 26th, 2011
4:09 pm

I actually like watching the McDonald’s All American game…gives me a chance to see who all is coming up and the next “stars” of tomorrow.


April 26th, 2011
4:10 pm

10 points in 2 games, fouled out in one and zero 3’s. Yep, he’s your answer Bulldog fans. Good grief.


April 26th, 2011
4:28 pm

Fox doesn’t like watching those games because he never has any players that commit to his program playing in them. I’m sure he hates watching all the talented players from the state of ga. that sign somewhere else look good in all-star games. When you can only sign 1 of 9 players from your home state that are ranked in top 150 you are a pathetic recruiter,and Fox has proven he can’t recruit. How did the latest prospect Ware turn out for Fox? The kid never even visited, and he chose UCF for god’s sake. Even after the kid said he would like to play with Pope, Fox can’t even get the kid on campus. This guy will be a big bust after he wins about 10 games next year.Hell he won 20 games this year, and he still finished in 5th place in East, UGA basketball is certainly in good hands and headed in the right direction.

ATL Sports Fan

April 26th, 2011
5:48 pm

Dawg4ever, once again should I call you out for not being a UGA fan? I’ve asked you a few times on other blogs to name a football staff and you couldn’t. Should I ask you to name a basketball staff too? Also, UGA finished 4th in the east you idiot. All you want to do is point out the negatives. So I ask one more time. Name everyone a staff that should be coaching the football and basketball teams.


April 26th, 2011
6:12 pm

Coach should go recruit a NYC point guard, I believe they’re a dime a dozen and bring him to Athens. Sundiata Gaines and Vern Fleming of yesteryear performed just fined at UGA.He needs a point man.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 26th, 2011
6:16 pm

The all star games are for the players benefits. Since the guys playing, usually haven’t had much time together, you probably don’t get a real good indicator one way or another by watching these glorified pick up games. I would suspect that most coaches watch them, and they look for the intangibles that fit the profile a coach has in mind for his team. Things the average fan would miss completely. Things like, form on a shot, hustling after the ball, and I guess it is possible, they try and get an idea about a kids personality.

Upstate Dawg

April 26th, 2011
6:17 pm

Don’t make too much of the showing in an all-star game. The players haven’t played together much and most of them have had the spotlight solely on them during their careers–so sharing the basketball isn’t usually a focus. I’m glad we had players in the game and look forward to CMF continuing to grow the program. Go Dawgs!


April 26th, 2011
7:23 pm

UGA could be good shape with a couple 2012 prospects Jordan Adams and Shaq Goodwin .


April 26th, 2011
7:44 pm

Not sure I understand his point. So a guy who grabs a rebound shouldn’t try to put it back up???


April 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

247 sports is reporting that former NC State PG Ryan Harrow is showing interest in UGA .

bert bozeman

April 27th, 2011
8:05 am

I liked the one Ga. all star game in 1962 in Techs Coliseum when Perrys Lee Martin had 26pts.and 19 ASSISTS..

Paul in RDU

April 27th, 2011
8:40 am

Ryan Harrow would be a good pickup for UGA. Gottfried gave him his release yesterday to play for any team outside the ACC and UGA is supposed to be on his list.


April 27th, 2011
9:06 am

bert bozeman – You remember Lee Martin ! That guy was amazing. Any idea where he is now?


April 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Dawgs need another Terry Fair.