Two UGA basketball players transferring

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ATHENS — Georgia basketball players Demario Mayfield and Drazen Zlovaric are leaving the Bulldogs’ program.

Both have requested, and have been granted, releases from their scholarships, UGA coach Mark Fox announced Thursday night.

Both players, in written statements, said they intend to transfer to other schools in search of more playing time.

“I enjoyed my year here at Georgia under a great coaching staff, but after discussing the situation with my family, I wanted to seek a better opportunity for my career,”  said Mayfield, a freshman guard from Franklin County.

Said Zlovaric, a sophomore forward from Serbia: “I would like to have stayed in school here, but in order to become the player I want to be, I need to seek a better chance for more playing time. I just have to do what’s best for my playing career.”

Mayfield  played in 18 games this past season, averaging 6.5 minutes and 0.9 points per game. Zlovaric played in 43 games the past two seasons, averaging 6.3 minutes and 1.0 points.

“I want to wish Demario and Drazen the best as they continue their respective careers,” Fox said in a statement. “They are both outstanding young men, and I really appreciate their efforts during the past year.”

65 comments Add your comment

Clint

March 25th, 2010
7:23 pm

good luck to both. Hopefully Fox can find some kids to take their place.

3DawgKnight

March 25th, 2010
7:23 pm

First? Not that I really care.

So did these two seek out the transfers or were there subtle hints that this might be in their best interest?

DAWG07

March 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

Wish both players the best.

double g

March 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

Wonder if this has anything to do with decision by Thompkins. These two players contributed a little, but apparently didn’t see much of a future going forward. Hmmmm……

Wonder if this has anything to do with recruiting. Tim, any thoughts?

BigDawg'09

March 25th, 2010
7:35 pm

Good luck guys wish u the best *looks around* Are they gone yet? SWEET!!, more scholarships to offer Fox’s recruits!!!!

chev22

March 25th, 2010
7:39 pm

Best of luck to Both. That does leave UGA with more money for scholarships for Fox’s upcoming recruits so thats a plus…

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

March 25th, 2010
7:55 pm

Am I living in the dark?? Has Thompkins
made his decision yet??

Dean

March 25th, 2010
7:57 pm

In Mayfield’s case it was strongly suggested it be in his best interest to transfer. Don’t know why you’re “looking around”, Mayfield was a huge spark going into the half against Florida. Hate it for him. Not sure that these two will be the only ones transferring.

jp

March 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

this means that we can probably sign 3 more players in this class and 4 to 5 more next year after Trey, Leslie, Barnes and Price all leave.

UGA is pursuing Dewayne Polee from California and supposedly a couple of JUCO’s who’d probably come in and push for immediate playing time.

This will not help or hurt UGA too much. It might mean that it takes a little longer for the new players too gel but we didn’t lose too much talent. Neither one of them was going to start anytime soon.

Halsey

March 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

Does it bother everyone else that these players, and even the coach, refer to basketball as their “career”. You probably won’t have a career playing basketball if you average 1 point a night at UGA. I guess maybe more playing time would be good if they plan to be coaches, but it sounds like they intend to have careers playing basketball…

VinceVanGo

March 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

This is puzzling! If those two can’t see themselves with enough playing time this next year when Fox plays at least 10 players and even more the year after when Thompkins/Leslie/Barnes & Price all go, then they must know something that we the fans don’t. Hopefully it means that a boatload of great recruits are heading Georgia’s way. We must also remember that both of these were Felton signees. Is the Fox “cleaning the hen(dog)house”?

RomeDawg

March 25th, 2010
8:18 pm

You hate to lose them because they were both good student athletes that made UGA proud! Good luck to both!

J. Harrick

March 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

got a spot for you guys if you want!

JD

March 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

How many quarters are in a 4 quarter game?

Hoops Rock

March 25th, 2010
8:38 pm

I believe that Mayfield’s decision has do with the fact that Gerald Robinson will be eligible to play after sitting out this year. That will seriously impact his time at guard.

UGA 82

March 25th, 2010
8:58 pm

Good Luck to both youngmen! They are both good student athletes and have represented the University well.

and not to be out-done...

March 25th, 2010
9:12 pm

how many points do u score on a 3-point shot?

stw

March 25th, 2010
9:18 pm

AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE: COGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE ONLY THIRD GRADER TO ALSO HAVE A DIVERS LICENSE..YOUR MOMMA IS PROUD

GT

March 25th, 2010
9:25 pm

are they moving to Shreveport ?

t.o

March 25th, 2010
9:30 pm

There’s a blog for 2 guys that rarely played for UGA transferring more than likely to D2 schools???? Who cares???

athdog

March 25th, 2010
9:46 pm

stw…check the spelling on your post, and then get back to us. This is not elementary school, dilweed.

The Sham

March 25th, 2010
9:53 pm

I heard… John Wall is transfering to UGA. He’s gong to sit out next year and take us to the promise land the year after!

stw

March 25th, 2010
9:55 pm

ATHDOG: SO I HIT THE WRONG KEY. WOULD LOVE TO BE PERFECT LIKE YOU..

Thriller Dome

March 25th, 2010
10:16 pm

Does anyone know what the price of gum in china is? Does anyone care?

metoo

March 25th, 2010
10:18 pm

Yeah, the offense is really going to suffer now!

BarkingBulldawg

March 25th, 2010
10:24 pm

This is GREAT news. More schollies for quality players. Let’s build this program, Coach!

We NEED Polee in the worst way.

BarkingBulldawg

March 25th, 2010
10:24 pm

and yeah, a JUCO or two sounds really good.

theight

March 25th, 2010
10:27 pm

I can understand Zlovaric but Mayfield should work harder at him game for more playing time. He is only a freshman. Fox should have red-shirted him this year. Transferring as a freshman doesn’t guarantee you more playing time unless you go to a much smaller school. mayfield has to realize that he would have a great chance at playing this year if work on his game hard during the off-season. His family should be encouraging him to work harder on his ball handling, shooting, and 3pt shooting during the off season regardless if he stays or go somewhere else.

Dean

March 25th, 2010
10:51 pm

It wasn’t a matter of hard work. When the coach tells you that you don’t fit his system, that is pretty much the handwriting on the wall.

LOWNDES COUNTY

March 25th, 2010
11:12 pm

I THINK THEY ARE LEAVING B/C GA HOED OUT AND CHANGED THEIR FLAG AFTER 01

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS

Most of you are idiots

March 26th, 2010
12:01 am

Good luck to both these young men and hope their future works out for them. Their statements show more class than the averaqe idiot on here.

hey jd

March 26th, 2010
12:12 am

college basketball is played in halves big boy.

ButlerDawg

March 26th, 2010
12:45 am

This has JUCO signings all over it! This is exactly what Harrick had to do before decent recruits started taking notice. Good move by Fox in my opinion.

Meatlake

March 26th, 2010
2:14 am

Good luck gents and thanks for your efforts at UGA. We wish you the best in the future.

BuLLdawg

March 26th, 2010
5:44 am

That frees up 2 scholarships. The test on Mark Fox is can he fill them with far better recruits than those 2.

NCAA Tournament Action :

SEC 15-4
ACC 9-9

SEC Men 5-2
ACC Men 5-5

SEC Women 10-2
ACC Women 4-4

ACC has neither a winning record in NCAA Tourney Men
ACC has neither a winning record in NCAA Tourney Women

SEC has winning record in BOTH NCAA Tourney Men & Women.

SEC is kicking the butts of ACC in basketball, again.

Big East had 8 bids to the Men’s Tournament. Butler beat # 1 seed Syracuse last night. Big East have 1 left, tomorrow night West Virginia vs. SEC # 1 Kentucky. Big East also does not have a Winning Record in Men’s NCAA Tournament, just like the ACC. Neither the Big East nor the ACC are better than The SEC in Basketball. Big East is NOT the best basketball conference and NEITHER obviously is the ACC.

TheNumber34

March 26th, 2010
6:40 am

While I wish these young men well, this is exactly the type of move needed to continue building a good program. Many folks don’t realize that these scholarships are NOT four year entitlements. They are one year contracts, and if the player is not cutting it, contract over. Nick Saban openly does this with regularity in his football program. CMR even does it, though with less regularity than Saban.

Oh, no, here we go again...

March 26th, 2010
6:48 am

…a UGA basketball coach throwing players off the team – what is the difference between this and what the predecessor coach did on numerous occasions over the previous 5 – 6 years, for which he was lambasted over and over?

Kristin Rand

March 26th, 2010
7:13 am

congratulations! and all the best! wish you find your place in the game soon. march madness is also here http://trophysportsbook.com/march-madness-sports-facts-stats-betting/

Voice of Reason

March 26th, 2010
7:34 am

Some of you bees need to think about something – Paul Hesitt is STAYING!!!

Kasie

March 26th, 2010
8:24 am

I hate to see Demario leave UGA hoped he would have more playtime next year – but good luck to both men!!

flagboy?

March 26th, 2010
8:33 am

Good luck to both of them wherever they end up.

Diego

March 26th, 2010
8:35 am

Dean seems to be the only one here who really knows how these things work. Undoubtedly, Fox make it clear to these fellows in a politically correct fashion that they were never going to get much playing time and it might be in their best interests to transfer. That his how Div. 1 coaches clear space for scholarships for better players.

we're covered for the next few years

March 26th, 2010
8:36 am

as a dawg fan, i am so happy that paul hewitt is staying at tech. this guarantees that uga will have at least 1 victory in bball so long as paul is there. thanks buddy…hope you dont get carjacked leaving a practice session

hammerhead

March 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Hey Halsey – what do you consider something you put as many hours into as these kids put into becoming complete basketball players? Every kid that signs a D1 scholarship thinks of his chosen sport as a career. Reality will hit 99% of them fast enough; in the meantime, quit being a smart a$$.

STEINER

March 26th, 2010
8:47 am

GT:
No, they are going to the blue field at Boise State where Tech plays….Carjacket Uniniversity is your new name, you earning it daily…..

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kydawg

March 26th, 2010
9:16 am

Not sure about Thomkins and Leslie leaving after next year…remember the NBA may be locked out! I see them coming back if that happens.

lazydawg

March 26th, 2010
9:31 am

I would really like for the Dawgs to go after more JUCO players ,seems that they at least finish there two years that they have left.

freshd

March 26th, 2010
9:47 am

Good luck with bringing in some JUCO players from some shady college. I thought UGA learned their lesson with TONY COLE. I guess that love being the butt of jokes on ESPN. By the way Takais Brown came from a JUCO, how did that turn out.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 26th, 2010
9:51 am

Word is they want to get an education while at school.