Friday, February 11, 2011

UGA Recruiting Breakdown (Hoops Edition)

In case you missed it yesterday, the McDonald's All-American high school teams were announced. One guy that made it was 2011 UGA signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell, a 6-6 shooting guard, is the biggest recruit the Dawgs' have snagged in a while (in terms of skill, not size). Bigger than Trey according to most recruiting rankings (Rivals.com has Caldwell as the #11 overall player -- Trey was #30. But therein lies one of the problems with UGA's recent basketball history:

The state of Georgia produces a similar proportion of talent in basketball, just as they do in football. UGA does pretty well in football....basketball...not so much. This is the challenge Fox has if he is to have long term success. I think he is more than capable as a coach, but breaking into the Atlanta-area high schools is a must.

Going back to 2006, here is a list of the "big" recruits from the state of Georgia (players listed in the Rivals.com top 100). Notice the ones that did NOT come to Athens (the # is the player's overall rating that particular year).:

2006:
  • #7 Javaris Crittenton -- G, Atlanta (GA Tech)
  • #39 Jodie Meeks -- G, Norcross (Kentucky)
  • #107 Landon Mibourne -- F, Roswell (Maryland)
2007:
  • #10 J.J. Hickson -- F, Marrieta (NC State)
  • #29 Gani Lawal -- F, Norcross (GA Tech)
  • #33 Chris Allen -- G, Lawrenceville (Michigan State)
  • #40 Senario Hillman -- G, Irwinton (Alabama)
  • #80 Jeremy Price -- F, Decatur (UGA)
  • #93 Martavious Adams -- F, Irwinton (Oklahoma State)
  • #106 Tony Neysmith -- G, Norcross (Oklahoma)
2008:
  • #7 Al-Farouq Aminu -- F, Norcross (Wake Forest)
  • #12 Chris Singleton -- F, Dunwoody (Florida State)
  • #20 Tony Woods -- C, Rome (Wake Forest)
  • #22 Dequan Jones -- F, Marietta (Miami)
  • #30 Trey Thompkins -- F, Norcross (UGA)
  • #34 Wesley Witherspoon -- F, Lilburn (Memphis)
  • #59 Ralph Sampson III -- C, Duluth (Minnesota)
  • #82 Cashmere Wright -- G, Savannah (Cincinnati)
  • #108 Ray Willis -- F, Atlanta (Oklahoma)
2009:
  • #3 Derrick Favors -- C, Atlanta (GA Tech)
  • #32 Mfon Udofia -- G, Stone Mountain (GA Tech)
  • #45 Glen Rice Jr. -- G, Marietta (GA Tech)
  • #52 Ari Stewart -- F, Marietta (Wake Forest)
  • #53 Noel Johnson -- F, Fayetteville (Clemson)
  • #61 Richard Howell -- F, Marietta (NC State)
  • #74 Kenny Hall -- F, Stone Mountain (Tennessee)
  • #82 Kammeon Holsey -- F, Sparta (GA Tech)
2010:
  • #15 Jelan Kendrick -- F, Marietta (Memphis)
  • #19 Ryan Harrow -- G, Marietta (NC State)
  • #36 Lorenzo Brown -- G, Alpharetta (NC State)
  • #47 Jordan McRae -- G, Midway (Tennessee)
  • #63 Trae Golden -- G, Powder Springs (Tennessee)
  • #68 Rion Brown -- G, Hinesville (Miami)
  • #76 Jeremy Lamb -- G, Norcross (U Conn)
  • #103 Jershon Cobb -- G, Atlanta (Northwestern)
2011:
  • #11 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope -- G, Greenville (UGA)
  • #56 Kevin Ware -- G, Conyers (Tennessee)
  • #57 Dai-Jon Parker -- G, Alpharetta (Vanderbilt)
  • #65 Shannon Scott -- G, Alpharetta (Ohio State)
  • #85 Nick Jacobs -- C, Atlanta (Alabama)
  • #90 Julian Royal -- F, Alpharetta (GA Tech)
  • #102 Malcolm Brogdon -- G, Norcross (Virginia)
So, as you can see, we haven't exactly reeled in the Georgia players in recent years. Sure, there has been coaching turnover, horrible Felton teams, etc. But Jeez, you would think we could have gotten more than THREE top players TOTAL in the last five years! 2012 is a loaded class in the state -- it's going to be a huge potential class for Fox, and I think he senses it.

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