ATHENS — Georgia sophomore guard Jordan Harris is not practicing with the team while he is suspended, and head coach Mark Fox is declining to say much about what Harris did and when he might return.
“He’s been suspended. He will not practice with the team. And I will have no more comments about it,” Fox said Monday morning during his appearance on the SEC coaches teleconference.
UGA announced just before Saturday’s game that Harris was suspended indefinitely. No details were cited. Harris, who usually plays on the wing, has not started any games this season, averaging 15. 8 minutes, 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Georgia (13-9 overall, 4-6 in the SEC) plays at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, then returns home to face No. 11 Auburn on Saturday. The Bulldogs are coming off their worst game of the season, as far as margin of loss, 72-57 at Mississippi State. It was the sixth loss in eight games, after UGA had seemed to step its slide by beating No. 23 Florida last week, 72-60.
“I’m disappointed in the level of energy that we played with defensively. I thought we were a step behind a lot of things,” Fox said of Saturday night’s loss. “So it’s just the grind of the season, and your hope is to be able to refocus and get the next one. We’ve had a stretch of road games here that we’ve got to go out and play better on the road than we have recently. For us the focus has to be to go out and get this next one. The league standings are so bundled up, that if you can get one on the road it can maybe give you some momentum. But for us we have to play more consistently obviously to have chances to win.”
Georgia is ranked 59th in the RPI as of Monday.
In other player personnel news, Fox said point guard Teshaun Hightower has missed the past three games because of the flu.