As many Georgia Basketball fans know, our post depth is a bit of a concern going into the 2015-16 season. Our backcourt situation looks pretty good, but our frontcourt situation could use an infusion of talent. Graduate transfer post prospects are going to be very much in demand as far as Coach Mark Fox is concerned. As many know, the top current prospects are Mike Thorne Jr., Steve Taylor Jr. and Tyler Harris (Tobias Harris’ brother). The needs for UGA are a freshman post and a graduate transfer post so that we can have better depth for games and improved practices for our younger post players.
Who are the new Graduate Transfer Post Prospects?
Rafael Maia is transferring out of Brown as reported on Twitter by Jeff Borzello of ESPN.
Rafael Maia, who is graduating from Brown and enrolling elsewhere, has already met with Pitt, Boston College and Rice, per a source.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 28, 2015
Maia of Sao Paulo, Brazil is a 6’9″ 245 pound Power Forward that has averaged consistent and impressive numbers during his time at Brown. Some of his highlights at Brown include a 19 point, 16 rebound effort against Dartmouth and picking up 16 points, 12 rebounds against Yale. He also had double digit rebound in 10 games this past season. He would make an excellent addition at UGA, but Mark Fox has not reportedly contacted him.
The other graduate transfer post prospect is Scott King of Stony Brook. King’s numbers are not exactly impressive, but he did get 12 points against UGA in November. He’s a 6’10” 230 pound Power Forward out of Derry, New Hampshire. He only averaged 3 points 1.2 rebounds per game in 8 minutes per game. He doesn’t WOW folks, but he put up 12 points on us and Albany (America East Champions). It’s doubtful that he will be pursued, but he is worth mentioning because he was able to play well against Nemanja Djurisic and Marcus Thornton.
Mike Thorne Jr. Update:
UGA Basketball fans would hope that Coach Fox and his staff have been pursuing Thorne aggressively, but it does not seem to be the case.
One would think Fox would have become more aggressive in his pursuit of graduate transfers, but it seems that Fox has not learned his lesson and seems doomed to repeating the mistakes of years past. A graduate transfer post is absolutely necessary next season, but it seems that Fox and the staff do not want to go down that road because of stubbornness or they have once again made the mistake of becoming fixated on a single freshman recruit. It’s also possible that Fox has faith that Osahen Iduwe and Houston Kessler improve and solidify the depth in the front court and if that’s the case, Georgia Basketball fans may have reason to be very concerned about next season’s prospects.