Mar 14, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs forward Marcus Thornton (2) drives to the basket against the Mississippi Rebels in the quarterfinals of the SEC college basketball tournament at Georgia Dome. Georgia won 75-73. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs basketball recruiting snapshot

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The best Georgia Bulldogs basketball recruiting news comes from Dan McDonald, Contributing National Basketball Recruiting Writer for Rivals.com. We sifted through tweets, posts and reports to create a current snapshot of Bulldog basketball recruiting.

After the disappointment of losing the state’s top player, Jakeenan Gant, during the fall signing period, the Bulldog basketball faithful have bounced back with the spring signing of 6’8” PF Yante Maten and 6’11” C Fred Iduwe.

Georgia coach Jonas Hayes out-recruited Michigan State for Maten and with Iduwe, and the pair is considered by many Georgia fans to be more than adequate replacements for the now departed Tim Dixon and John Cannon. However, they are freshman. What the Bulldogs need to project a solid 2014 – 2015 roster is a seasoned big man to rotate with seniors Marcus Thornton and Nemi Djurisic.

Enter Charles Mitchell,  a Rivals prep 4-star post player from Marietta (Wheeler High School.) Mitchell signed and played two years for the University of Maryland but is transferring to be closer to an ailing relative. Mitchell will apply for a waiver of NCAA rules, which would allow him to play in 2014 – 2015. While predicting NCAA rulings is a crapshoot, Mitchell will have a case to present.

Feb 15, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Charles Mitchell (0) shoots over Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell visited Georgia this past weekend but did not visit Tech as expected. It’s believed Georgia’s chances for Mitchell are extremely good. Tech, Auburn or Tennessee could still make a push, but Georgia appears to be in great position to receive Mitchell’s transfer.

Whether Mitchell transfers to Georgia or not, signing a post player in the 2015 recruiting class is a priority. As the excitement of Mitchell’s visit waned this past weekend, Dan McDonald reported that Doral Moore also visited Georgia on Sunday. Moore is a 6’11” rivals five-star C from Locust Grove.

Moore had generally been considered untouchable by the Bulldogs, but the addition of Yasir Rosemond to the staff has opened the door for Georgia in his recruitment. The assumption is Moore is a possible one and done that sign with one of college basketball’s blue bloods. However, according to Rivals.com he has not received an offer from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina or Kansas. Georgia is definitely in the game.

Rivals 4-star C star Daniel Giddens (Marietta) has been on the lips of Georgia basketball followers for a year and was at one time widely perceived to be the most likely player to sign with the Bulldogs in 2015. However, Georgia is no longer considered the front-runner in his recruiting. Giddens will announce his commitment on July 4 and will likely choose between Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.

The in-state 2014 recruiting class is loaded with elite guards. Fans were disappointed early with the announcement that Will Jackson from Athens would travel to U Conn to play. But with the state’s excellent crop of guards and small forwards, Georgia is expected to take advantage and sign two outstanding players.

The most likely future Bulldog of the crop is Malik Beasley, a 6’4” SG from Alpharetta. Beasley has shined in recent AAU tournaments and recently received a Georgia offer with great enthusiasm. Another player expressing enthusiasm about the Bulldogs is Hannif Cheathem, a 6’5” four star SG form Pembroke Fl. Signing Beasley and Cheathem along with either Mitchell, Giddens or Moore would result in an outstanding recruiting class.

However, it’s possible the Bulldogs are in the hunt for even bigger game. Georgia is recruiting rivals national #11 player Jaylen Brown of Marietta. The 6’7” shooting guard was also considered untouchable for Georgia, but again the Yasir Rosemond’s hiring has made a difference for the Bulldogs. Brown is considered a definite one and done. It is believed at this time he is considering UCLA, Georgia, and Kentucky. Not only is Georgia definitely in the game, but Georgia appears to be very much on the mind of Brown. It’s too early to call it, but look for Georgia to battle down to the wire for Brown.

There are other names on the Bulldog board including Rivals four star SG Tevin Mack from Columbia SC and Rivals four star SF Marcus Sheffield from Alpharetta.

There will be many more twists and turns and ups and downs before the November signing period arrives. However, make no mistake, the Bulldog recruiting board at this time is filled exclusively with elite national talent. Mark Fox appears to be on the cusp of a program changing recruiting class, but he and his staff must finish the drill.

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