With guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines both moving on from Georgia, opponents will focus more on J.J. Frazier more than ever before.
Sports Illustrated doesn’t expect that to affect the senior guard too much.
After running a simulated season 10,000 times and generating median stats for every player in the top eight conferences, the news outlet projects Frazier to lead the SEC in scoring at a clip of 16.6 points per game.
The projected average is actually a decrease from Frazier’s scoring mark last season (16.9 points per game).
Regardless of the subtle drop-off, SI projects Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley to finish second in the conference in scoring with a 16.4 ppg average.
Georgia forward Yante Maten also made the top scorers list, coming in at No. 34 with a projected average of 16.2 ppg.
Maten enters his third season at Georgia after competing in 68 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He averaged 16.5 points per game last season while leading the Bulldogs in rebounding (8 per game) and blocked (1.8 per game).
The duo of Frazier and Maten will look to pace the Bulldogs this season, as Georgia goes for its fourth straight 20-win season.