Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Run Boosts Georgia Program; with Talent Returning, Felton Hopes to Maintain Momentum

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Run Boosts Georgia Program; with Talent Returning, Felton Hopes to Maintain Momentum

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Byline: ROGER CLARKSON

WASHINGTON - Georgia's postseason provided the kind of drama ESPN uses to make cheesy movies. Whether Georgia's story carries a lasting impact will be determined next season.

Even in Georgia's worst moments of 2007-08, Dennis Felton never lost his enthusiasm for the 2008-09 season. The ending of this season should send him bouncing off the walls as if he'd just drank a gallon of soda and eaten a box of candy bars.

Felton has a strong freshman group turning into sophomores. His incoming recruiting class features one of the top power forwards in the nation. The Bulldogs' improbable Southeastern Conference Tournament title gives the program positive name recognition for the next class.

The future is now, and Felton knows it.

"What do we do now? We get right to work," Felton said after Thursday's 73-61 loss to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament West Regional at the Verizon Center. "We have a terrific core of players returning who have incredible upside. Along with not wasting any time and getting right to work is also getting right to work in terms of developing new leadership."

Felton's first priority will be to find replacements for graduating seniors Sundiata Gaines and Dave Bliss. Gaines was a four-year starter at point guard and one of the best all-around players in the program's history. Bliss provided backbone to the interior defense and was the steadiest player on the team. Felton already has people to man the positions. But they need work.

Freshman Zac Swansey is the heir-apparent at point guard. Swansey was Gaines' primary backup and made the spinning 3-pointer to knock Kentucky out of the SEC Tournament. Incoming freshman Dustin Ware is a highly touted prospect from the Atlanta area who won't have the pressure to make an immediate impact. …

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