Georgia enters tonight’s game with a record of 10-3 after rattling off four consecutive victories, including Saturday’s upset win at #9 Memphis. The Bulldogs are averaging 80.8 points per game which is good for 22nd in the nation. They are led by preseason All-American Freshman Anthony Edwards who is averaging 18.4 points per game, including a high of 37 in their loss to Michigan State. It hasn’t just been the Anthony Edwards show in Athens though; Junior Rayshaun Hammonds is averaging 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Coach Tom Crean’s group defeated Georgia Tech to finish off four straight wins at the beginning of the easy before heading to Maui where they lost to Dayton & Michigan State. Their other loss on the year came at Arizona State by twenty points. Let’s dive in and learn a little more about the Dawgs.
#5 Anthony Edwards: 6’5″ 225 lbs, Freshman Guard
18.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.2 apg
All-around scorer. Great player. Have to play him straight up and make it as hard on him as possible. No catch-and-shoot 3’s. No rhythm dribble 3’s. Have to be tight on him and break his rhythm when he is dribbling on the perimeter. Really likes to bounce it in his left hand before shooting the pull-up. Do not let him just dribble into his shot! Contest everything. Really likes the inside-out dribble with his left hand but will come back right to finish. Very physical. Uses his strength to try and finish through you. Can try and take a charge as he gets into his moves when he drives it. No layups. Do everything that you can to be physical and make keep him out of the paint. He will take some crazy shots and is very, very aggressive but you have to be there to contest everything. No help off of him when he doesn’t have it and come help when you are guarding a non-shooter to make him give it up. Get over the ballscreens. He will shoot behind it if you go under. Have to try and hound him the same way we did Jordan Nwora. More shots than points for him.
#4 Tyree Crump: 6’1″ 185 lbs, Senior Guard
8.6 ppg, 86 of 106 shots have been 3’s
SHOOTER!!! No 3’s! 86 of 106 shots have been 3’s. Have to be tight on him at all times and take away his attempts. Really looking to squeeze them off. Will shoot them from deep. Have to find him in transition. Get over any ballscreens they set for him. Chase him off downscreens and get over flares. Absolutely no help off of him. Only wants to shoot jump shots. Right hand.
#0 Donnell Gresham Jr.: 6’3″ 195 lbs. Graduate Transfer Guard
7.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Strong, bigger guard. Will act as the primary ball-handler at times when he is in there. Capable 3-point shooter. Just be close enough to give a hard contest on his catch-and-shoot 3’s. Will shoot the ones behind the ballscreens or handoffs so need to try and go over so you can give a better contest. High percentage finisher. Have to stay between him and the basket. No right hand drives! Contest everything and make him finish over you. Excellent rebounder from the guard spot. Really crashes the offensive glass. Averages 2 offensive rebounds a game. BOX OUT!!!
#10 Toumani Camara: 6’8″ 220 lbs, Freshman Forward
5.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Athletic, bouncy forward. Closeout short to him on the perimeter until he makes a couple and then we can adjust. Throw a hand up if he shoots. Will look to catch it on the roll some. Just give enough ground to stay between him and the basket. Will face up some and look for a short left hand drive. Will drive it either way from the perimeter too, but is looking to finish with his left. No straight line drives. Be physical with him in the post and get him off the block. His percentages will go down the further off the block he gets his catch. Left hand, right shoulder in the post. Very athletic. Box out!!!
#20 Rayshaun Hammonds: 6’9″ 235 lbs, Junior Forward
14.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg
Lefty. Skilled 4/5. Really wants to score it with his left hand. Likes to drive it right so that he can spin back to his left. Be ready to come help and try to take it off of him when he spins. NO LEFT HAND DRIVES! Really get up and pressure him once he puts it on the floor. Try to make him uncomfortable when he is handling the ball. Looking to score it over his right shoulder all the time. Be really physical on his left shoulder to keep him from coming back left. Capable 3-point shooter. Making 1 per game. Have to be close enough to take away the obvious catch-and-shoot 3’s. Be there to give a hard contest. Can help off of him a little when he doesn’t have it, but be close enough to contest the catch-and-shoot. Left hand, right shoulder in the post. Excellent offensive rebounder. Averaging almost 3 offensive rebounds per game. BOX OUT!!!
#15 Sahvir Wheeler: 5’10” 180 lbs, Freshman Point Guard
8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.3 apg
Backup point guard. Lefty. Very quick. Much more of a driver than a shooter. No left hand drives! Closeout short to him to guard against the drive. Can go under the ballscreens. Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter. Make Edwards give it up. Help on Hammonds. Be doing something! The deeper he drives it the more he is driving to pass so don’t over help when he gets into the paint. Really good at getting to the rim for his size, but you need to be off of him enough to keep him out of the paint and then wall up. Just play with your hands up and make him finish over you. Stay between him and the basket. Will push it hard in transition. Get the ball stopped. NO LAYUPS!!!
#2 Jordan Harris: 6’5″ 195 lbs, Senior Guard
5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Lefty. No catch-and-shoot 3’s. Play him as straight up as you can. No left hand drives. Once you take away the catch-and-shoot he is looking to drive it left. Bounce back and stay in front of him. Can pick and choose some spots to help off of him if Edwards or Hammonds have it, but be ready to give a hard contest on the 3. Find him in transition. Chase him off down screens and get over flares. Stay between him and the basket.
#3 Christian Brown: 6’6″ 215 lbs, Freshman Guard/Forward
4.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Slasher/cutter. Big, strong wing. More of a driver than a shooter. Closeout short to stay between him and the basket. Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter. Good cutter so don’t completely lose track of him when he doesn’t have it. No right hand drives. Non-shooter. Wants to try and elevate over you to score it around the basket. Bad free throw shooter. Foul if you are beat. No and 1’s. Good offensive rebounder, will fly in from the perimeter. BOX OUT! No layups for him.
#14 Tye Fagan: 6’3″ 185 lbs, Sophomore Guard
Lefty. More of a driver than a shooter. No left hand drives. Closeout short to stay between him and the basket. Get back in transition. Make him score over you. No layups for him. Help off of him when he doesn’t have it on the perimeter. Not super aggressive offensively. Driving to pass.
Under Coach Crean, Georgia runs a pretty free-flowing, dribble-drive motion offense. They will usually either have 4-around-1 or be 5-out. Their offense is predicated on quick, sharp player movement and attacking the paint off the dribble. Lots of off-ball cuts as well. A lot of that offense is run through #5 Edwards and #20 Hammonds. They will set those guys up in a lot of isolation situations in their half-court offense. Below are a handful of their entires and set plays that you will see in the half-court.
Horns-Ballscreen: One of the sets they run the most begins out of a Horns set. The point guard comes off a ballscreen to his right and the ball screener will clear out to the opposite corner. Then, the other forward (usually Hammonds), will come set another ballscreen and roll to the basket. The guard in the ballside corner will replace to the wing and look to feed the post.
Horns-Elevator Doors: Another action they will run from a Horns set is a traditional Elevator Doors action. The point guard hits an elbow and comes off a flare from the other elbow. As this goes on the guard in the corner opposite the ball will work his way towards the front of the rim and the ball will be sent back to the guard coming off the flare screen (coming as high as he needs to to get a catch). The guard underneath the rim is then coming off a double screen from the forwards at the elbows, generally looking to run in between them before they “close the elevator doors” on the defender. They are just playing after that initial action.
1-4 High Middle Ballscreen: Starting in a 1-4 High alignment, this is an entry into their dribble drive stuff that will isolate Hammonds at the top of the key to set up the left hand drive. The ball gets moved side to side just to shift the defense and then Hammonds sets a ballscreen and pops to get the ball at the top of the key in space. #14 for Memphis does a really bad job in this clip letting Hammonds spin back to his left hand and getting way too easy of a bucket at the rim. We have to be way more physical on his left shoulder to keep him going to his right.
Horns-Edwards Postup: A little special set play they will run out of Horns is an isolation for Edwards to duck-in in the post. They will hit the elbow opposite from whatever corner Edwards is in. The point guard will space away from the ball. Edwards will work his man in towards the front of the rim and post up looking for an easy layup. They have run this place essentially once per game looking for a quick bucket.
Horns-Doubles: This is an action they run a few times each game. Relatively poor execution in this clip, but it gives you an idea of what they are doing. It begins with the point guard handing off to the corner as the forwards at the elbows set a staggered double for the guard in the other corner. After the initial handoff the point guard continues through and comes off another staggered double from the forwards. Finally the last last guard runs off a third staggered double. There are opportunities for the screeners to slip for a layup and, as you can see the in this clip, a good time to drive it on the baseline as the defense is lifted.
They are primarily a man-to-man defensive team but do mix in possessions of zone in almost every game. They play bigger guards and are long across the board and use that length to cause some disruption in the passing lanes. They don’t necessarily look to deny or run through the passing lanes, but they are opportunistic with five players averaging one or more steals a game. Edwards leads the way with 21 steals so far this year. They switch almost all ballscreens and handoffs which helps them stay between you and the basket. Undersized around the basket and have struggled with finishing possession at times this year.
Keys to the Game
- Make it hard on #5 Edwards. He is a great player and is going to have the ball in his hands a lot offensively. He can score from all three levels. We have to do a great job of bothering him at all times. Be physical and really pressure him when he has the ball to take him out of his rhythm. No 3’s. No layups. Contest everything! More shots than points for him!
- No right shoulder baskets for #20 Hammonds. He is a talented offensive player but is really trying to get back to his left hand, over his right shoulder to score it. When he drives he will spin back to his left hand. When he posts up he really wants to score over his right shoulder. Be physical with him and do not let him get any easy buckets going to his left. Really pressure him. Make him uncomfortable.
- Take care of the ball. They force over 8 turnovers a game on steals alone that can lead to easy baskets for them. We have to limit the careless turnovers that lead to layups. Be strong with the ball, go and meet your passes, and look to attack them off the dribble.
- Dominate the paint. They are not a very big team around the basket so it will be crucial that our guards finish at the rim and we look to score it in the post as well. Should be opportunities to offensive rebound and get second chance points too.