July 8, 2010

Fox hopes program can keep momentum

When it comes to the momentum that seems to be building regarding his Georgia basketball team, Bulldog head coach Mark Fox likes what he sees.

Who can blame him?

After reaching the second round of the SEC Tournament, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie both informed Fox that they would indeed be back for their junior years.

That news not only gave Fox reason to celebrate, but it's apparently encouraged Georgia's football-hearty fans, many of whom are looking forward to roundball season with a new sense of rejuvenation.

"We've got some momentum in our program, and it's great to see, but still have to work hard to improve," Fox said. "But no question, it is nice that people are excited because fan support, and getting that arena (Stegeman) as loud as it can get is part of it."

Meanwhile, summer workouts continue for the basketball team, albeit not under the watchful eye of coaches. Fox has heard good reports.

"We can't see the guys now but I think they're working hard," Fox said. "We've got a new strength coach who has been a good addition, and he has been very pleased so that' a good sign."

Leslie and Thompkins have certainly been busy.

Recently, Leslie took part in the prestigious Paul Pierce camp in Chicago, while Thompkins participated in the Amare Stoudemire Big Man camp, also in the Windy City.

There, both Leslie and Thompkins got to work out with some of the other top collegians at their respective positions, plus gain valuable instruction from NBA personnel and scouts.

"They got in some good work. Not only did they get some good instruction, but the time they got in between session was good for them as well," Fox said. "They're doing whatever they can to get better. I haven't had a chance yet to actually sit down and talk with them about it, but I'm sure they both had a great time."

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