The University of Georgia announced that guard Demario Mayfield and forward Drazen Zlovaric will both be transferring.
Mayfield averaged 6.5 minutes per game, but only saw 12 minutes on the floor when Georgia hit SEC play. He’s looking for a school that will give him more playing time.
Drazen was used sparingly as well, averaging 7.2 minutes a game in 26 appearances this season. “I would like to have stayed in school here, but in order to become the player I want to be, I need to seek a better chance for more playing time,” Zlovaric said in a statement released by the University.
It’s not clear whether or not Drazen and Demario would have seen more playing time with the departure of Ricky McPhee and Albert Jackson to graduation. Jeremy Price will probably get the bulk of AJ’s minutes with Chris Barnes and incoming freshman Cody Lalanne splitting the rest of them.
Transfer Gerald Robinson is likely to take the starting two-guard slot, while Vincent Williams and Ebuka Anyaorah will get the brunt of the bench minutes in relief of Robinson and James’ favorite Dustin Ware.
Georgia’s program trouble keeping players on campus, the Dawgs have one of the lowest graduation rates in the SEC. In just the last couple of seasons, Georgia has bid farewell to Channing Toney and Zach Swansey via transfer. Mike Mercer, Takais Brown, and Billy Humphrey all left UGA because of disciplinary reasons.
I want to mention that none of those loses were the fault of coach Mark Fox. In fact, the recurring discipline problems along with horrible on-court performance led to the ouster of Coach Dennis Felton.
It’s a little concerning when you’re losing two guys and Georgia suffered down the stretch from an overworked starting rotation. Will it really hinder Georgia next year? Doubtful.