I doubt even the most optimistic UGA basketball fan thought Mark Fox would have his club vying for a NIT bid after their November performance including losses to Georgia Tech, Davidson, and Temple and the perceived lack of talent on the roster - the Bulldogs average star ranking is 2.6 which is second worst in the SEC.
Like much of the SEC as of late, basketball success has been a struggle for the Bulldogs. The Georgia Sports Blog did a nice post on the recent history of the program. Fox's detractors have consistently pointed to his lack of success on the recruiting trail as the reason for the program's most recent slide.
Former Milton coach David Boyd dished on the current state of the UGA program and their recruiting efforts to the AJC:
What are your thoughts? Do you see Fox's recruiting starting to turn around based on this season? Can football and basketball both have large followings in Athens?‘’It’s very very simple. What my players have told me in the past is they aren’t going to Georgia because they perceive it to be considered second-class to football. If Georgia can defeat that perception, that basketball is second class, then they will come, and they will come in droves. It helps that Georgia now has a couple of Miller Grove players there, Kenny Gaines from Whitefield Academy, Charles Mann from Milton. It helps to have that Georgia flavor to the team. This year is going to really catapult Georgia into some great things.’’