Elite summer high school basketball is in full swing and elite high school players are being bombarded with questions about their future. The Georgia Basketball recruiting targets are certainly no exception.
From 247sports.com’s bevy of experts and expert opinions, here is a one snapshot of how the Bulldog 2014 Cager Class is shaping up, with Dawnofthedawg recommendations for Georgia’s expectations.
First, the dream team.
While others will beg to differ, and it is complicated, it appears Georgia fans should not hope to see Doral Moore in red and black. 247sports.com experts have the 5-star center from Locust Grove a 100% cinch to choose the Kentucky Wildcats. The complication? Kentucky has not offered Moore a scholarship. If UK does not offer, Illinois appears to be in good shape. Outside of that tiny perspective, not much is known about Moore’s thinking and Georgia may be in play for Moore’s services.
DawnoftheDawg recommends: let Moore go – a pleasant surprise is the best kind.
A sure fire one and done, Georgia appears to be on the radar for Marietta’s Jaylen Brown. 247sports.com has Brown 68% likely to be a Kentucky Wildcat, 16% a Bulldog and 16% a Jacket. Brown is a top 10 national player and would be the best player signed by Georgia in anyone’s memory. DawnoftheDawg puts the chances Brown playing his home schedule in Athens at 60%.
DawnoftheDawg recommends: let Brown go – a pleasant surprise is the best kind.
Not the Dream Team, but a team to dream of.
A top 50 National recruit, Marietta post player Daniel Giddens name has been whispered by Georgia hoops fans for the past 12 months. 247sports.com has Giddens 100% to Ohio State. The good news is Giddens says all five of his final schools are equal at this point. The bad news is he’s going to Ohio State and everyone knows it and DawnoftheDawg will say it.
DawnoftheDawg recommendation: move on from Giddens, now.
Alpaharetta Georgia’s Malik Beasley has caught everyone’s attention this summer, especially that of Georgia head coach Mark Fox. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is often found in the top 150 nationally, but may in fact be playing like a top 75 player. Beasley is 86% a Bulldog according to the 247sports.com experts. Signing Beasley would be a huge boost for the Georgia basketball team. Cincinnati is lurking, however.
DawnoftheDawg recommendation: hope for Beasley to be a Dawg.
Tevin Mack and the Bulldogs have been doing the dance of seduction for a year or more. Mack is a 6’6” SG/SF from Columbia SC. Mark Fox coached Mack’s older brother, Jermaine Washington, at Nevada, and the family appears very comfortable with Mark Fox. 247sports.com has Mack 100% a Bulldog and Mack has all along been the recruit most likely to wear red and black.
So what’s the hold up? It’s basketball recruiting. Twist and turns are mandatory and nothing is ever easy for the Bulldogs. Tevin Mack is a dead eye shooter that may lack some in other areas of the game, but as Dr. Naismith said, “Its basketball.” Putting the ball in the basket is by far the most significant skill a player can bring to the game and for that reason Mack is a solid Rivals four star player.
DawnoftheDawg recommendation: get excited about Mack.
If Georgia signs any two players on this list , it will be a very good recruiting year. Any three would be perhaps the best recruiting year since Hugh Durham’s second signing class.
DawnoftheDawg recommendation: get excited, but hide the sharp instruments.
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