May 3, 2006

Felton looking forward to frontcourt help

Last year on the hardwood, Georgia men's basketball coach Dennis Felton had the luxury of depth in the backcourt partially due to the strong play of a few freshmen. Thanks to some more fresh blood, it looks like he could have the same situation in the Bulldogs' frontcourt during the upcoming season.

While speaking to the Savannah Area Bulldog Club Monday night on the first stop of the Dawg Days road tour, Felton said the addition of six-foot-eight, 260 pound junior college standout Takais Brown and freshman Albert Jackson (6-10, 250) will deliver much-needed help to a position that struggled mightily at times last year due to inexperience and lack of depth.

The Bulldogs wound up eighth in the SEC in defensive rebounds with 651, but the team's top two overall rebounders, Sundiata Gaines and Billy Humphrey, are guards.

"We needed help on our frontcourt, and we've got two big ones coming in," Felton said. "Both of those guys will be able to help us. We're tired of being pushed around."

Near the end of last season, two of Georgia's more athletic post players, freshmen Kendrick Johnson and Terrance Woodbury, were injured, leaving Rashaad Singleton and Steve Newman as the only back-ups behind the two starters, Dave Bliss and Younes Idrissi.

The thin lines showed in the final stretch of the season, especially when Florida's Joakim Noah pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 37 points, many of them in the paint, during a 77-66 win March 1.

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