Amanze Ngumezi, one of the few remaining Mark Fox recruited holdovers is transferring out.
Amanze Ngumezi was suspended indefinitely for “attitude reasons” and his future at UGA was very unclear in the wake of the suspension. Ngumezi did not have legal, NCAA regulatory or academic issues, he had issues regarding his behavior as a member of this Georgia Basketball Team. Ngumezi’s last game played was in Maui against Chaminade.
There’s a lot of speculation as to the attitude issues…
Anyone who has watched Amanze Ngumezi play knows that he lets his emotions get the best of him, this has been an ongoing matter with him since 9th Grade. It became a massive distraction for a young team trying to play together as a team. There are rumors of a jersey-ripping incident in the middle of a game that was considered to be the catalyst for the suspension.
Ngumezi’s on-the-court performance has been disappointing. One of the main challenges he was going to face jumping from High School to College was learning how to defend in the post because he went through a growth spurt that changed his position orientation from a Swingman to a Combo Forward. He put on muscle and had the size to be an elite player along with the face-up skill set on the offensive end. He never developed on the defensive end and his engagement on both ends of the floor during his time at Georgia hurt his cause for earning playing time over his teammates. He was a starter this season, but he was not in the games during the second half. Toumani Camara and Christian Brown took his late game minutes. Mike Peake’s effort and spark have made up for his absence.
Yielding ground in the low post and not making an effort to contest shots are actions on the defensive end that leave a player on the bench.
What Happens Next?
While Tom Crean has left the door open to Ngumezi’s return, an entrance into the NCAA Transfer Portal means that it is highly unlikely the player and coach will be re-united. Expect that Ngumezi chooses not to return to Georgia and that the open scholarship space can be used for a 2020 Class recruit like Dylan Cardwell.
Given the issues with shooting the basketball and the 2020 Class providing no viable shooters from three point range, priorities may shift toward a player who can hit three point shots.
The remaining Mark Fox recruits are Tyree Crump, Jordan Harris, and Rayshaun Hammonds. If Hammonds makes the jump to the NBA in the offseason, Tom Crean will have a team that is 100% comprised of recruits that he brought into the program in the 2020-21 Season.