UGA’s Mark Fox unaware of eligibility issues for top basketball recruit until Columbus report

Just talked to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox on the SEC’s summer teleconference call with coaches.

I was able to get in only two questions — writers from all over the league participate — but the first thing I asked him about was, of course, the eligibility issues suddenly surrounding the Bulldogs’ prized recruit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Specifically, I asked Fox when he was made aware that there may be some issues and if he anticipated the five-star shooting guard from Greenville would be subject to NCAA suspension.

“Really I was just made aware of that yesterday,” Fox said Monday. “Obviously we’ll cooperate with the process. I really can’t speculate on what penalty there will be if there is one.”

I also asked Fox where he thought the team’s scoring will come from this season with the loss of last year’s top two point producers — Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins — to the NBA draft.

“That’s the question,” he said. “We did lose a lot of scoring and I think any coach would tell you you’re always looking for who’s going to score field goals for you. We’re all trying to build a defensive team that’s good enough to win, but you also have to score and that’s what we’re looking for right now.

“Obviously [you look at] the two senior guards back in Gerald Robinson and Dustin Ware. I think both those guys had games of over 20 last year. They understand where to get their shots. But I also think as seniors those guys understand how to control a team and get the other guys the ball. Hopefully they’ll be able to make the transition easier for the other guys and help them find baskets. But it is an area of concern for us. When we start working out in the fall we’ll have to get an understanding of where we can get our shots and how we can best score.”

On new-look team next season:

“We’re certainly going to look a little different this next year with the early departures of Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins. We lost another starter to graduation in Jeremy Price. So we’ll look a little different. But I do think our young guys are excited about the opportunities that are in front of them. From the end of last season forward this group has gone back to a workmanlike approach and hopefully we’ll reap the benefits of that this next season.”

On Thompkins and Leslie’s prospects as pros:

“The first thing I did was look at the number of guaranteed contracts the Clippers had and I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 or 11. That means there are roster spots available. Any time a guy goes in the second round that’s the first thing you look at. So I think there’s opportunities for both of those guys to make the team and to contribute.

“I think that Trey has a legitimate power forward body; he has a bigh basketball IQ; he’s got good offensive skills. He was a little bit criticized over his conditioning going into the draft, but I think that’s something that’s easily correctable with work, and I know that he will.

“Travis is an explosive wing player who in the NBA will have to find his niche, whether that is as an offensive rebounder or a scorer or a driver. I think it all depends on how he plays. Certainly in [Blake] Griffin the Clippers have an all star they can build around. Hopefully these two kids can find a place on the team.”

On Vanderbilt’s position as prohibitive SEC favorite:

“When you start listing them I think Vanderbilt is a team that could legitimately contend for a Final Four. They have a great backcourt, terrific wing play and great shooting. They have an NBA center, a couple of good posts and a good bench. So I think, looking at the ingredients of a team, , there’s not much missing from their team. Kevin [Stallings] and his staff have done a great job and I anticipate that they’ll be in for a big year.”

Feelings on proposed elimination of July recruiting period [after this year]:

“There is a lot of conversation of changing the recruiting model and I think it is inevitable that we change it. [But] I think there are a lot of positives to being able to evaluate players during the summer. Just from an economical standpoint, I think it helps schools to be able to see several hundred kids in one location. I think it will change but I don’t think it will be completely eliminated.”

Would you prefer a recruiting period other than July?

“For us, it all comes back to having access to your current players. If we don’t go out recruiting in July, are we going to be able to have access to work with our players for an hour or two a week? And are we going to be able to pick up some recruiting days during the school year? If so, I think this model will significantly change, but there has to be a balance there. I’m not sure of the proposed plans I see that I compeltely agree with any of them. But that’s why it’s a work in progress. I think we should keep some summer recruiting. I think it just makes too much sense economically and from an efficiency standpoint. But it’s probably not safe for a kid to be playing in five different cities over 10 days and we’ve got to get some sanity back to it all.”

77 comments Add your comment

juvenal

June 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

too much data out there…….

JB

June 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

First…………and Dawgs back to 12-15 wins next year. This is a tough league.

JB

June 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

I am so ready for football I personally could care less about this deal. His mother had her cell bill paid for….and it effects the kid how? Let me know in October if he is on the team. Right now lets talk football!

GT BBall Fan

June 27th, 2011
12:58 pm

More trouble for UGA, where’s Jan Kemp???

Bryan G.

June 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

If the kid’s mom getting her cell phone bill paid effects him, then the NCAA owes everyone an apology for the Cam Newton mess.

Cecil Newman

June 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Just tell the kid to call me for advice.

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St. Simons

June 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

(((((((((( 45 – 42 )))))))))) hahahaha

Alexa

June 27th, 2011
1:20 pm

They must find some good guys for there team nonetheless they’ll be erased early in the season.
Power flushing

Angel

June 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

Gotta lot of trouble there man…
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CJJScout

June 27th, 2011
2:09 pm

I don’t like basketball, but this guy has made me interested in it. CMF is a class act.

Roseanne Roseann- Adana

June 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

“t’s always something”

Roseanne Roseann- Adana

June 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

I meant “It’s always something.” Sorrrrrry

Roseanne Roseann- Adana

June 27th, 2011
2:21 pm

St Simons must be laughing at his own team. 1-9 for the last 10. Now that’s funny.

Longtime Ticket Holder

June 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg: The headline clearly referred to Mark Fox and UGA Basketball. If you are ready to talk football, why did you bother to read the article and post? Believe it or not, there are some Bulldogs out there who prefer basketball to football and we would like to be able to discuss it with such rude and arrogant interruptions.

Rabid Dawg'84

June 27th, 2011
2:30 pm

No penalty needed – sCam Rule. I Love CMF.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

Because it is America and a free country. That is why I choose to post. Same as you have to be critical of my post. Get over yourself…

Beast from the East

June 27th, 2011
3:17 pm

Doesn’t appear that UGA had any knowledge or liability with this deal. Pope may have to sit a few games to start the season but that should be about it.

BBall.Observer

June 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

Georgia has a basketball team?

Hmm, go figure.

gt4ever

June 27th, 2011
3:34 pm

UGA in Trouble…. NEVER!

German Shepherd Dawg

June 27th, 2011
3:36 pm

GT BBall Fan,

She’s in her grave, where’s she’s been for several years now.

Iceman

June 27th, 2011
3:56 pm

Guys, just say you “didn’t know”. It worked for Cam Newton.

intheknow

June 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

What a dumbass you are gt4ever….did you not even read the article..UGA did NOTHING to even investigate…How’s the heroin business on the Tech campus doing these days with your ball players?…still having athletes shooting up and dying?…remember when being “up” for the game was a spritual thing?

gt4ever

June 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

No Roseanne, It’s PATHETIC…. 1 out of 9 is ABSURD!

gt4ever

June 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

INTHEKNOW, Just go away, this is all about UGA… Who is the dumbass…

JAWJeRDAWG

June 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

It’s unfortunate that the deeds of one’s parent(s) can negatively affect a player’s eligibility.

While there are NCAA rules that specifically prohibit a player or his / her family members from financially benefiting from outside sources, this is certainly unfortunate for both Kentavious and for UGA’s basketball program.

This occurrence has nothing to do with the character of this young man, but I’m sure posters will declare otherwise. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the NCAA’s ruling on this.

Go Dawgs!

intheknow

June 27th, 2011
4:10 pm

ooooh…your so bad gt4ever….I’m really scared of you..LOLLOLLOL…just the way you answered my post proves what a dumbass you are…pathetic…a real nerd….but then you already knew that didn’t you!…typical Tech fan!

rabundawg

June 27th, 2011
4:21 pm

It was Price who carried the team early and was not able to really assimilate after tomkins came back. so in effect we last 3 scorers that have to be replaced…all mostly inside the paint for easy shots. Np experienced players are available, so it is going to be tough…

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
4:27 pm

Let’s pretend I am dumb (go ahead and take your best shot). Under what rules governing college athletics does the NCAA have jurisdiction to deside how the actions of a civic organization paying a high school kids mother has any bearing on his college eligibility. Assuming it wasn’t done on behalf of any particular member school?

gt4ever

June 27th, 2011
4:41 pm

Yes, a NERD and proud of that fact!

JAWJeRDAWG

June 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

@ AltamahaDawg

I’m hopeful that is has NONE .. Go Dawgs!

Longtime Ticket Holder

June 27th, 2011
5:19 pm

@LowCountry Bulldog: I have no need to get over myself. Because I wasn’t the one who felt the need to barge into a basketball related page to draw attention to myself by proclaiming how much I wanted football . But yes, because it is a free country, you are free to make an obnoxious spectacle of yourself.

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

But you’ll get over yourself just the same, right?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

Yeah, I “barged” right in didn’t I. I am sure the AJC appreciates it as this blog has 38 comments after being up 7 hours. It obviously shows that at this point PEOPLE ARE READY TO TALK FOOTBALL, not basketball. A blog related to UGA football at this time would be well over 100 posts. Chip is reporting the news it is obvious, but apparently what was not obvious to you was a little bit of humor in the post. No worrys though its still great to be a Bulldawg!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

Also it is BullDAWG as a longtime season ticket holder you should appreciate that spelling.

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:12 pm

You should really have knocked first.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:13 pm

Knock 3 times if you want me…what? lol!

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:14 pm

You’ll have to go away, we’re doing the dishes.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:16 pm

Hey, I almost posted the link from youtube of Westside Story with the clip of them singing “America” on it, but I knew the humor would have been REALLY lost!

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:18 pm

You can do what you want with us Greg, but I am not to stand here and listen to you badmouth the united states of america………..gentlemen!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:21 pm

I think its LTSTH is a zit, get it?

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:30 pm

May I have ten thousand marbles, please?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:32 pm

If he responds the only thing I guess I have left to say is, thank you sir may I have another.

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:34 pm

Ramming speed!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:36 pm

Greg honey is it supposed to be this soft?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 27th, 2011
6:38 pm

I think we could recite the entire movie, and it all started by me barging in here. Altamah, grab a brew, it don’t cost nuthin.

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
6:38 pm

I lied too, I’m only 13.