Kenny Gaines returns to practice; hopes to play against Georgia Tech


The Georgia Bulldogs have been operating at less than 100% strength on the basketball court during the early stages of practice in advance of the 2014-2015 season. However, Mark Fox and company received a very positive infusion of life on Wednesday, as starting guard Kenny Gaines returned to practice after a lengthy battle with mononucleosis.

As noted above, Fox indicated that the 6-foot-3 Gaines could play “a little bit” on Friday against Georgia Tech, and that would be welcomed news after numerous reports placed his status as “up in the air” for the season opener. As a sophomore in 2013-2014, Kenny Gaines averaged 13.0 points per game (second on the UGA roster), and he was the most prolific shooter for the Dawgs from long-range, converting 37.5% of his three-point attempts while taking 4.8 shots per game from that distance.

Gaines will join with fellow guard Charles Mann to lead the Georgia Bulldogs this season, and our full preview of UGA basketball can be found here. Stay tuned for the latest on Mark Fox and the Dawgs as the season approaches, but the return of Kenny Gaines is big-time news in Athens.