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Tom Crean Embraces Change at Georgia

279 days ago
Kevin Scarbinsky
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You may not know their names yet, but Georgia's transfers already have made a name for themselves in various locations. The seven new players on the roster with previous college experience at two-year or four-year schools combined to score 4,782 points at those schools.

That's the largest point production infusion for any Division I program entering the 2021-22 season.

Two of those transfers wasted no time in establishing a presence during Georgia's first exhibition game, a 76-65 loss at Charlotte. Jailyn Ingram, a sixth-year senior who played the previous five seasons at Florida Atlantic - one of those years cut short by injury - led the Bulldogs with 19 points. The 6-foot-7 Ingram left FAU as the program's No. 6 career scorer and No. 3 all-time rebounder.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim added 12 points. The 6-9 sophomore arrived at Georgia after playing his freshman year at Virginia, coming off the bench for the ACC regular-season champions.

"This was an invaluable experience to go on the road and play against a physically tough and aggressive team that you would not get in a home exhibition or even in a closed scrimmage," Georgia coach Tom Crean said. "We were able to see that when we execute and play the way we have been practicing, we do well and also see what happens when we get away from it. I'm glad that we did it. I'm disappointed in the loss, and I know the players are, too, but if we take advantage of what we learned in this, it