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UGA Basketball 2013: Marcus Thornton expected to be 100 percent after injuries

The former Mr. Basketball suffered two knee injuries that derailed his sophomore season.

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With basketball season looming, Georgia head coach Mark Fox met with the media on Wednesday for a preseason update and answered questions Marcus Thornton, who -- if healthy after two knee injuries last season -- could make a huge difference for the Bulldogs in 2012-'13 (quote courtesy of the AJC):

He’s right near 100 percent. He’s been doing everything in our workouts. We will continue to be very cautious with Marcus. He will probably get frustrated with me because I’m going to make sure that we proceed very slowly with him. He’s going to be cleared to practice and be ready to play and looks very good in our workouts. But he’s also a young man who has had two knee surgeries and he’s got some tread on those tires. So we have to be careful."

The former Georgia Mr. Basketball picked the Dawgs over Texas and Georgia Tech in 2010. His freshman campaign was spent largely as a reserve (32 game appearances averaging 9.4 minutes), and he was effective in the limited time he saw last season, starting 18 games at the "4" position.

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