Bulldog Nation is obsessed with Everett Golson, but James White is the Transfer to Watch.
Everett Golson has had his name tied to Georgia and South Carolina as far as where he’ll play football next season and quite frankly, it really does not matter. Golson could transfer into either program and not win the starting job at either program, in fact, it may be likely! Who wants to break in a turnover prone Quarterback into a brand new offense for ONE season? Yet, Georgia fans seem weirdly obsessed over this nonsense as if this is an addition that will finally end a decade of underachievement under Mark Richt.
Much of the Georgia Football fanbase (notice the language used here) thinks that a win over an average Louisville team in the Belk Bowl and the addition of Everett Golson will propel the program to the Final Four. That’s delusional. The philosophy of Run The Damn Ball (RTDB) is delusional and outdated. Yet, it is the rallying cry. By putting Everett Golson’s name in the title, it will generate more visits only for visitors to find that this article is about to turn into a basketball article. Skip to the bottom to vent your anger.
Georgia Football is considered to have 25/1 chance of winning a National Championship according to Bovada, who will easily keep that money. Georgia as a football program has not been undefeated past the Florida game under Mark Richt. Expecting that one Quarterback, a Quarterback that had an academic suspension and was pulled in favor of an untested Junior that threw for less than 100 yards against LSU, is very far fetched. Mark Richt has not tasted an elite bowl since Knowshon Moreno was doing the Soulja Boy. Everett Golson is really going to be that impact player?
Everett Golson gets the hype, but if you care about seeing an impact transfer on a program set to rise, look at Georgia Basketball and how James White could likely join the program. Georgia Basketball is the red-headed stepchild, but yet is poised to outshine and embarrass the Georgia Football only crowd that fear the words “Basketball School”. Georgia Basketball has had back-to-back 20 win seasons and an NCAA Tournament berth last season. Sure, the team was bounced in the Round of 64 by Michigan State, but consider that team’s depth (injuries were a major factor) and take a look at the influx of talent coming in and the guys that are coming back to the program. This leads us back to James White, a transfer from UALR, who is very likely to come to UGA and will provide a major boost in experience and is an established talent in a frontcourt that needs one more year to rise to a more prominent level of play.
One might say, “James White played in the Sun Belt, that’s not a real conference.” Yes, the Sun Belt is not exactly comprised of world beaters, but then again one can say the same about Conference USA Football. Jake Ganus was the leading tackler of the now defunct UAB Football program, a team that went 6-6. Yet, Ganus receives a lot of hype and is considered to be a guy that is ready to contribute in the mighty SEC. James White was the leading shotblocker and rebounder for UALR and was their second-leading scorer.
Much of the nucleus from last season’s team are back next season. All of the backcourt guys come back and with Will Jackson and E’Torrion Wilridge, UGA’s depth and talent level will be even better than last season. The frontcourt is young and talented, Yante Maten is ready to be a starter that makes a big impact next season. Maten proved that he could play against the vaunted Kentucky frontcourt of Lyles, Cauley-Stein, Towns and Lee by notching 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks against the then-undefeated Wildcats. Nemanja Djurisic, Marcus Thornton and Cameron Forte are all gone, but the influx of young talent are more than ready to take on the challenge in doses.
The addition of James White to the UGA Basketball team means less reliance on inexperienced posts, improved development for Derek Ogbeide and Michael Edwards and the ability to put our players in positions of strength on the floor.
A starting lineup that features:
PG: Charles Mann
SG: J.J. Frazier
SF: Kenny Gaines
PF: James White
PF2: Yante Maten
That’s a tough starting lineup to beat. If E’Torrion Wilridge proves himself worthy, he could end up starting and allow for Charles Mann and J.J. Frazier to platoon. There is far more parity in the SEC Basketball environment, which sets up UGA for a possible SEC Title run.
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Missouri are all making major overhauls after this past season. Kentucky does not have the same talent that they had last season and appears to be more vulnerable. Everyone knows that Texas A&M and LSU will not get the most out of their talent. Let’s face it, Georgia has a very real possibility of having a special season, if they fill that gap in the post. James White is the guy that can take Georgia to the next level.
With James White, Georgia has all the pieces to make a serious run not just in the SEC, but in the NCAA Tournament. James White would be an instant major contributor for Georgia Basketball, Everett Golson may ride the bench for Georgia Football.
Georgia Basketball is on the path to breaking major barriers and accomplishing things that have not been accomplished, eventually everyone must take notice. James White is the impact transfer, not Everett Golson.