ATHENS - There's at least some good news for the reeling Georgia men's basketball team.
Starting point guard J.J. Frazier will return for Saturday's game at Alabama. Frazier, who missed Tuesday's home loss to South Carolina with a concussion, is Georgia's fifth-leading scorer (10.3 points per game) and one of its top outside shooters.
Frazier, will play with a face mask as a result of a fracture near in his eye, in the orbital bone. Both that injury and the concussion were suffered in a collision in last Saturday's home loss to Auburn.
Frazier has also been dealing with a hand injury, a hairline fracture in his left shooting hand. He played through that for two games, which probably accounted for his poor shooting: Frazier hasn't made a 3-pointer since Feb. 7, when he had three in a win over Tennessee. Since then Frazier has finished with five points apiece against Texas A&M and Auburn, then missed the South Carolina game.
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Getting Frazier back for the Alabama game is an important lift for Georgia, not just because of his scoring. He is the team's best ball-handler, and Alabama plays a tight trap and press.
Meanwhile, another sophomore guard still isn't quite ready to go: Juwan Parker will only be available on an emergency basis for Saturday's game, just as he was on Tuesday. Parker, who started the first 12 games of the season, has been dealing with an achilles injury.
Georgia did get small forward Kenny Paul Geno back Tuesday after he missed 11 games with a broken wrist. Counting other injuries, Georgia has had a total of 23 games missed by players because of injury or illness.
So for the first time in 13 games, dating back to the second game of SEC play, Georgia has every player in uniform.