ATHENS — In my interview Monday with Mark Fox –- see some of it here and more of it in a story later this week -– he answered questions for the first time, albeit guardedly, about the two players who left the UGA basketball program last week.
Freshman guard Demario Mayfield and sophomore forward Drazen Zlovaric left with plans to transfer to other schools.
“Playing time, really,” Fox cited as the reason for the departures. “Great kids. No hard feelings at all.”
This is the portion of the interview dealing with that topic:
Did [Mayfield and Zlovaric] ask you if they should stay?
“We had long conversations and healthy conversations, you know.”
Did they do the right thing for them?
“I’m supportive of the whole thing. I think it’s healthy. They didn’t choose this style of play. And they are wonderful kids.”
Was it their decision to leave?
“We had honest communication, both ways, and I certainly expressed my feelings of how much I thought they could develop, where they would fit, where they wouldn’t fit, that kind of thing. I would say we mutually sat and discussed this.”
Will their departures change the number of recruits you sign this spring?
“It won’t change a great deal. I think we have a pretty good idea. [The idea, he said, is to sign two or three players.] What would change it is if Travis [Leslie] or Trey [Thompkins] decided to leave. That would keep us pounding the pavement for a while.”
Georgia announced last week that Mayfield and Zlovaric had requested and received releases from their athletic scholarships. Both players said in written statements that they planned to transfer to other schools in search of more playing time to further their basketball careers.