Fox comments on two players transferring out of UGA program

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.

Fox on Thompkins’ and Leslie’s NBA deliberations.

24 comments Add your comment

EW

March 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

Out with the old in with the new…just saying what Fox won’t.

Tim

March 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

Wish them the best. Hope they catch on somewhere else and do well. I hope Fox can use those extra schollies who fit his style better and can contribute more.

19th Hole Dawg

March 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

Good luck to those guys. Hope they find playing time elsewhere. I also hope we can land our current recruiting targets and move forward with a deeper, more talented roster next season.

Coach Fox gave fans reasons to be optimistic about the future. His offseason efforts will make a huge difference in how next year goes.

Dawgs2010

March 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

Just taking out some of Felton’s trash. Felton was a terrible judge of talent. Only a handful of players were worth playing in the SEC. I hope we can get a few STUDS in the program and make us relevant for a change.

Paul (you doesn't have to call me Johnson)

March 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

Dawgs 2010 didn’t Felton recruit Thompkins and Leslie? You just better hope they stay at UGA

I Run This State

March 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

Fox recruited Mayfield. This is not a good sign that he lost a guy after one year.

UGA Titles

March 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Hey if you come here on a scholarship and don’t live up to the hype…move on so we can get someone that can play!

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Dean

March 30th, 2010
5:24 pm

Fox did not recruit Mayfield. Felton did. Mayfield committed to UGA when Felton was coach.

Stockdog

March 30th, 2010
5:45 pm

Dean is correct about Mayfield, plus, his still of play did not mesh with what Fox is trying to do at Georgia. I’m just hoping that Trey and Travis stay.

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

March 30th, 2010
5:45 pm

I sure hope Leslie and Thompkins come back.

Matt

March 30th, 2010
5:51 pm

Tim, would it be possible to get a story on the recruits Fox is targeting? Is he still recruiting heavily out west or has he switched his focus to the SE? Also, maybe some information on how Cady Lalanne performed during his senior year? Haven’t been able to find much out on the web outside of the Lalanne commitment.

wiley

March 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

All that hype? haha they were 3 star recruits. Good luck to them in the future. Hopefully they can play in a real basketball conference in the future.

It will hurt

March 30th, 2010
7:41 pm

I hope DayDay goes to another school and shows Fox what he didn’t take interest in. He’s a smart kid and I hope that he plays in the ACC. I am a big UGA fan but I am also a FCHS alum and I support the kids that we have cheered for since rec ball. He is determined to make it to the next level and I know that he will make it!

GT Fan

March 30th, 2010
8:13 pm

Great job this year Coach Fox.

Fire Paul Hewitt.

T

March 30th, 2010
8:21 pm

Felton was a trainwreck and will be cleaning up the tracks for several more years

Fox Rules

March 30th, 2010
8:34 pm

Fox is cleaning out all this unproductive deadwood and bringing in studs who can compete at this level. UGA will be in the top 4 in the SEC next season—mark it down!

Jimmy

March 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

So yall are expecting this transfer from mighty Tennessee Tech to help immediately next year? LOL. Good luck w/ that!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 31st, 2010
12:01 am

Keep it clean Trash Mouth – Fox will be at UGA long after your “venting” days are done – which should be real soon.

GooseDawg

March 31st, 2010
12:04 am

This Dawg fan wishes Demario & Drazen all the best wherever their hearts lead them. Coach Fox handled this tough situation w/class & in the end, both the young players & the UGA basketball should be better off.

Jimmy,

The TN Tech transfer’s name is Gerald Robinson (might as well learn it NOW) & yeah, this kid has game! He puts the biscuit in the basket, he takes it to the rack, he makes over 75% of his free throws, he drops dimes, & if you ain’t careful, he’ll straight rob you. Besides, last I checked a school doesn’t make the player. Larry Bird didn’t exactly attend a big-name college did he? I’d be careful w/the premature predictions or you’ll be LOL at yo’self this time next year when Gerald Robinson & the Dawgs go Marching.

Paul….don’t call me Johnson,

Good point, good handle, especially for a NATS fan (I presume)

Fox > Hewitt

March 31st, 2010
10:16 am

Fox will beat Hewitt again this season, like last year, with less talent. Coaching matters.

tidog

March 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

I think the transfer comes from Tennesee St. (ohio Valley Conference)

Pope UGA XXIII

March 31st, 2010
5:58 pm

We will continue to improve, but we have an awful long way to go.
UGA will be competitive next year, and we weren’t that far away
during the 2009-10 season. For confirmation, check with Tennessee,
Florida, Tech, Vanderbilt, and Illinois.

Pope UGA XXIII

March 31st, 2010
6:01 pm

While we’re on the topic of “new blood”, look for Donte Williams
from Miller Grove, to be a contributor next year.