Georgia coach Mark Fox apparently took the long way home from the SEC tournament -– by way of Los Angeles.
At 3:53 a.m. EDT Sunday, I received an e-mail from a Georgia fan reporting a Fox spotting at Los Angeles International Airport.
Wrote Matt Little, a UGA alumnus and senior vice president of an insurance brokerage firm in Birmingham:
. . . I’m in the Los Angeles airport right now. It is 11:45 PM Pacific Time and I saw Mark Fox at the Delta gate waiting in line on the red-eye to Atlanta. I introduced myself (I happen to have a UGA t-shirt on). He said he was on stand by trying to get on the flight. He was visibly tired. I asked if he was recruiting and he said he was.
I just thought it might make a good story. The guy just finished the season basically 24 hours ago in Nashville and already flew to California to recruit and is now flying back home. Pretty dedicated if you asked me. As I am typing, Mark just walked on the plane, so he made it . . . .
Aren’t modern communications great?
Fox didn’t say who he was recruiting; that would violate NCAA rules. But if you want to hazard a guess, the Los Angeles Times reported that 6-foot-7 forward Dwayne Polee Jr., who made an official visit to Georgia last month, scored 22 points Saturday night as his Westchester team beat Long Beach Poly 67-53 in a Southern California Division I regional semifinal game. An earlier story in the Times said Polee, a crowd favorite for his dunks since his freshman season, “has matured and blossomed into a bona fide major college prospect.”
Georgia sophomore forward Trey Thompkins, named to the coaches’ All-SEC first team last week, received the same honor Monday from the Associated Press.
Joining Thompkins on the AP’s All-SEC first team, chosen by media members: Kentucky’s John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, South Carolina’s Devan Downey and Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado.
Wall, a freshman point guard, was voted the SEC player-of-the-year and John Calipari, in his first season at Kentucky, was voted coach-of-the-year by the AP panel.