November 3, 2009

Fox happy with Clemson scrimmage

NCAA rules prohibit schools from publicizing preseason "scrimmage" games like the one Georgia had Sunday at Clemson.

Statistics aren't "officially" kept and schools can't publicize the final score.

That said, Bulldogs basketball coach Mark Fox said the workout at Littlejohn Coliseum gave him an opportunity to do some experimenting with various lineups and tinker with other aspects of his team under live game conditions.

"We played a couple of halves but we didn't treat it like a typical scrimmage as I played several different lineup changes that I wanted to experiment with," Fox said. "I wanted to see how guys would respond playing with other guys on the floor as well as some designed looks to try and get a feel for certain groups."

Two players Fox had plenty of fond words for were sophomore point guard Dustin Ware and sophomore forward Trey Thompkins.

No surprise there.

Ware is being counted on to run the point of Fox's new triangle offense, while Thompkins will obviously be looked upon to help boost the offense as well as control the boards.

"Dustin functions like a winner. He carries himself like a guy with some experience, although it's just his second year," Fox said. "Trey has had a good start to practice. I think he had a double-double the other day and that's a real plus. He's more competitive than people said he was. He's defended a little better, rebounded a little better and scored more and I was told he would. But I don't take stock in what people say. I've always been a guy you've got to show."

Ware was pleased with what he saw.

"It was a good scrimmage, Clemson's a good team, a team that likes to press," he said. "The guys really came to play. Although it wasn't a real game situation, we were able to learn a lot by being out there."

The Bulldogs will get an even better idea on Friday when Georgia hosts North Georgia in its first and only exhibition game at Stegeman Coliseum.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Georgia opens its regular season Nov. 13 against New Orleans.

"There was a lot of things we did well and some things we did not do as well," Fox said. "I don't know if anybody played extremely well, but I don't think anybody was awful either. It was really a pretty vanilla, but we did get a lot out of it although there's obviously we've got to clean up. But I think the guys were excited. They've been getting a little sick of going against each other so that part was positive and they were excited to go against somebody else."

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