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April 2, 2010

Fox gets his man. Recruit #3 commits

Sherrard Brantley committed to play basketball for the University of Georgia last night. The 6'2" sophomore shooting guard from Northwest Florida C.C. announced the commitment on his Facebook page. Brantley picked UGA over LSU and Creighton. Spring signing period begins April 14th.

The remaining big fish for Coach Fox is Dwayne Polee of LA.

Additionally, the AJC had a pretty strong profile of Fox yesterday on the one year anniversary of his hiring. Here are some excerpt quotes:
"When I interviewed, I believed Georgia could be a place you could win. Now, after being here, I know you can win here."

The past year has affirmed, he said, what he perceived to be the advantages of the job: high quality of life, rich recruiting region, a strong and respected league, a supportive administration. And he believes the year brought enough success, including signature wins over Tennessee and Georgia Tech, to build upon, particularly in recruiting.

"We needed to create some momentum for our program and we needed to win a few games and we needed to establish credibility," Fox said. "I think people can see a future for our program. I think we have momentum. I think people see how our players have developed. I think there are a lot of positives we can use in recruiting."
I had a great conversation yesterday with someone that follows the program very closely. We were discussing whether or not Hewitt sticking around helps or hurts UGA given that he's such a dynamic recruiter.

During the conversation, I asked aloud..."I wonder if Hewitt will recruit so well now that there's finally a viable alternative in state? It's not like Felton was a viable option." There's so much upside to this program. It really excites me.

See Also:
-- Georgia gets hoops commitment -- AJC
-- Fox's first year on the job: Fast and Promising - AJC

PWD

15 comments:

G8TRH8TR said...

GO DAWGS. Mark Fox is the right man for the job!

Anonymous said...

Sherrard Brantley was a big pick up for us. He should fill the void left by McPhee as our three point shooter. If we add Polee (and keep Trey), next years team would be one of the more talented UGA basketball teams we've had. Even if we don't add Polee, which is very possible considering our location, we still could be a 20-win tournament team next year.

Joe said...

PWD- I saw the comment on the last post, i do agree there has been no where near enough football coverage this spring(or last for that matter)

I remember in the past i would read here and the more i saw about football the more and more excited i would get for the upcoming year, so i would love to see more football coverage..


that being said, I disagree with the guy who said we can never be a power in basketball- I love basketball and love the coverage you are giving it. keep up the good work on that, and maybe a little football would be nice.

this is the first place i look when searching for uga sports news and analysis

Anonymous said...

Dude if we are able keep Trey AND add Pollee....LOOK OUT!

Mr. Sanchez said...

We lost 4 and gain 4, and most seem like positive moves. Which is the better 4 some--Albert Jackson, Drazen Zlovaric, Demario Mayfield, and Ricky McPhee or Donte Williams, Cady Lalanne, Gerald Robinson Jr, and Sherrard Brantley? Throw in Polee and we're definitely adding more than we lost.


I will say on Hewitt that I'm cautious of staff changes. He can recruit and coach D, but struggles with PGs and O. If things remain the same, I'm confident we'll beat them and begin to take recruits from them. But add say a Lickliter or other veteran coach to complement where Hewitt is weakest, and I'm not as confident.

Mr. Sanchez said...

We lost 4 and gain 4, and most seem like positive moves. Which is the better 4 some--Albert Jackson, Drazen Zlovaric, Demario Mayfield, and Ricky McPhee or Donte Williams, Cady Lalanne, Gerald Robinson Jr, and Sherrard Brantley? Throw in Polee and we're definitely adding more than we lost.


I will say on Hewitt that I'm cautious of staff changes. He can recruit and coach D, but struggles with PGs and O. If things remain the same, I'm confident we'll beat them and begin to take recruits from them. But add say a Lickliter or other veteran coach to complement where Hewitt is weakest, and I'm not as confident.

Mr. Sanchez said...

We lost 4 and gain 4, and most seem like positive moves. Which is the better 4 some--Albert Jackson, Drazen Zlovaric, Demario Mayfield, and Ricky McPhee or Donte Williams, Cady Lalanne, Gerald Robinson Jr, and Sherrard Brantley? Throw in Polee and we're definitely adding more than we lost.


I will say on Hewitt that I'm cautious of staff changes. He can recruit and coach D, but struggles with PGs and O. If things remain the same, I'm confident we'll beat them and begin to take recruits from them. But add say a Lickliter or other veteran coach to complement where Hewitt is weakest, and I'm not as confident.

Hobnail_Boot said...

I'm much more concerned with premiere OOS programs being able to come into Georgia and scoop up the best basketball talent than I am with Georgia Tech.

If Fox can sign his fair share (3 of the state's top 10 each year), we should be a perennial NCAA tournament fixture.

all school said...

to me, UGA basketball has been like UNC football: big state with lots of recruitable talent, flagship school with lots of resources, occasional good teams with long stretches of mediocrity and a few abysmal patches, hard to understand why they can't seem to get anything going for more than a year or two. And, a fanbase who seems a lot more interested in one sport to the exclusion of others.

I dont buy the whole "football school" thing. It isn't a zero sum game. I understand some of the reasons GA HS basketball talent is about as loyal to Georgia schools as NJ HS talent has been to NJ schools in football. If we follow the model of getting our share of the in-state guys and a few out of state guys that can play, why can't UGA be a basketball force to be reckoned with?

we've needed a guy with a long term plan and the ability and patience to execute it. Coach Fox seems like he has a plan, and part of the plan is him being here 10 years from now, not at UK. I feel a lot better about the future for UGA than I have in a long time.

Taylor said...

If you want massive football talk go over to David Hale, otherwise stop complaining. So much of spring is all noise and it gets really old. I do not need to hear again how we are so much more in shape, how the penalties are better in practice, etc etc.

Anonymous said...

Are you people not resourceful? There is a list of alternative UGA Blogs and websites in the right hand column, right over there, see? So hit up Dawgbone, and you'll find any and every article you could imagine to click on and read 'til your heart's content. 90% of those articles contain the same quotes. OR you could go outside and DO SOMETHING! PWD said it best, you could recycle articles from spring 2006 for this year and no one would know the difference. Wake me up when something meaningful actually happens.

Is this the ONLY blog that covers UGA Sports? this isn't PWD's job. he doesn't answer to anyone. He can write about what he damn well pleases and FINALLY our BBall program has some buzz with recruiting and I am thankful for that and for this blog's enthusiasm towards it.

Joe said...

like i said in my first post, i PREFER reading this blog in many cases, it has gone thru its ups and downs, I enjoy all the basketball coverage.. but i do crave a little more football- just a little.. Id rather continue clicking here exclusively than going anywhere else, and im sure me saying that doesnt bother pwd half as much as it seems to bother the ppl who wrote the last two comments..

if anything my comment was meant to be constructive. it was not meant to stir up an argument lol

Anonymous said...

point duly noted, Joe. but, seriously, how much effort does it take to click on another blog and read it? Really...

I read this blog first, then Hale, then check Dawgbone for anything I might have missed. DONE.

Joe said...

haha it doesnt take a whole hell of alot of effort, but, Im a 4th year in college taking 18 hours and studying all day everyday.. Im prescribed to adderall which means if I start clicking around the internet too much i'll look up 4 hours later and realize ive spent way to much time on the world wide web.

dont get me wrong adderall is a beautiful thing- if I start studying while on it, i'll look up 4 hours later, look back down and study for 4 more hours haha

Anonymous said...

Same Anon:

and the truth comes out.

don't worry, Joe, you'll find out how good this team is in September, just like the rest of us.

take this from a guy who didn't do enough of it: Keep Studying!

 
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