ATHENS - Mark Fox is about to begin his fifth, and perhaps most critical, season as Georgia men's basketball head coach. And as the season starts Fox is considering benching one of his starters.
Sophomore forward Brandon Morris, who started 20 games last year, did not play in Monday's exhibition game, and Fox was noncommittal on whether Morris would play Friday against Wofford.
Fox said he hasn't suspended Morris, but admitted he also didn't play him in a closed scrimmage, which was against Mercer.
"I haven't been pleased with him. That's about all I'll say with it," Fox said. "I want him to grow in a lot of ways. So I didn't play him. That's all I'll say about it. And hopefully he can make some progress. This is about a lot of things."
When asked if it was related to on or off court matters, Fox said it was both. Morris has been practicing with the team.
Morris, a 6-foot-7 small forward, became a mainstay in the starting lineup last season when the Bulldogs went 9-9 in SEC play. He finished the overall season averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and had 13 steals, five blocks and 23 assists.
Fox said he was "close" to settling on a starting five for the opener, but indicated it was still very much a fluid situation.
"We had a guy make some plays (Wednesday) that makes you start thinking," Fox said, not identifying the player. "The one thing that we do have, we have some returning guys with some experience who have a leg up on the new guys."