UGA’s Mark Fox pleased with early efforts from Yante Maten, Osahen Iduwe

Yante Maten and Osahen Iduwe are on campus and participating in summer workouts, Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox said during an SEC teleconference Monday.

“We’ve been pleased with their response, their approach,” Fox said. “Both kids are very eager to learn and eager to work, so that’s been something we’ve been very about. They’re not fighting the effort that’s required. They’re making progress.”

Iduwe is a 6-foot-11 center who played at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin after graduating from Central Park Christian in Birmingham. While at St. John’s Northwestern, he averaged 8.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Maten, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from suburban Detroit, averaged 19.8 points and 15.2 rebounds as a senior at Bloomfield Hills High School, where he led the Black Hawks to the Class A state title game.

“(Maten’s) trying to make the transition, learning how to lift every day at this level, what kind of condition you have to be in and how to be a student of college and manage a bigger course load,” Fox said. “It’s a good time of year for him to do that.”

Georgia finished last season 20-14 overall and 12-6 in the SEC. The Bulldogs tied for second in the final SEC standings and reached the second round of the NIT.

“We’re trying our best to have a productive summer,” Fox said. “… We’re very pleased with their approach this summer. We’re trying to get better this offseason.”

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