Feb 15, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; A general view of the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia defeated Mississippi 61-60. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Basketball recruiting: doors re-open

A month ago, the Georgia Basketball 2015 Dream Team shattered. However, Coach Fox rallied all his horses and men and it appears the rebuilding operation was successful.

Jaylen Brown: DREAM Team part one

Jaylen Brown (SF, 6’7”, 215, Marietta, Wheeler High), part one of the Dream Team, has gone from no chance for Georgia to a good chance for Georgia. Brown recently took co-mvp honors at the Under Armour Elite 24 competition in Brooklyn, scoring 23 points to lead all scorers.

Justin Young of Hoopseen.com flipped his Jaylen Brown commitment prediction from UCLA to Georgia, as did national analyst Jerry Meyer. Young knows the Atlanta basketball community and his prediction bodes well for the Dawgs. Brown is a 247.com number 2 national composite player.

Brown has a Kansas official visit scheduled for October. He has also suggested he will not sign until the spring signing period. Dawn of the Dawgs believes Brown will probably commit before his Kansas visit and definitely will not wait until spring. Assistant coach Yasir Rosemond placed Georgia in the middle of Brown’s recruitment and Georgia is doing what Dawn of the Dawg reported Georgia needs to do.

A prediction would be premature but Dawn of the Dawg does promise an exciting finish for the Bulldogs in the Jaylen Brown Derby.

Doral Moore: DREAM Team part two

When Doral Moore (C, 7’, 225, 2014 transfer from Luella High School in Locust Grove to Monte Verde Academy in Monte Verde, FL, ), part two of the Dream Team, received his Kentucky offer, the door shut for the Bulldogs. However, there is reason to believe his offer from Kentucky was not firm and that Kentucky was not prepared to accept his commitment. Moore is taking his official visit to Kentucky this weekend and is scheduled to visit Illinois, the apparent second in line for Moore’s services.  Moore’s Atlanta Express coaches told Justin Young that Moore will visit Georgia. If so, the Dawgs have crept back in the game.

Kentucky controls Moore’s recruitment, but if Big Blue gives Moore the cold shoulder, Georgia will have a chance to fight the Illini for Moore’s signature.

Moore is the big man Georgia fans have coveted for years. Should Kentucky pass on Moore, the blood pressure of the Georgia basketball faithful will reach dangerous levels. But Moore ending up at Georgia stays an extreme longshot for at least the next seven days.

Malik Beasley: number TWO with a bullet

A month ago, it appeared Georgia was in the driver’s seat for Malik Beasley (SG, 6’4″, 200, Alphareta, St. Francis School). Since then, Beasley has rocketted to Hoopseen.com’s number two player statewide and his offer sheet has swollen to include Connecticut, Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, St. John’s, UCLA, VCU and Wake Forest.  These teams in fact make up Beasley’s final list.

The Dawgs received a break when UCLA received a commitment from shooting guard Prince Ali and VCU received a commitment from shooting guard Kenny Williams, eliminating UCLA and VCU. The primary competition for Georgia may now be St. Johns. Beasley has visited St. Johns and if Georgia can overcome the bright lights of Broadway and the big stage of Madison Square Gardens, Beasley should be a Bulldog. Georgia will have an opportunity to sell the ATH over the NYC as Beasley plans both an official and unofficial visit to Georgia before deciding.

Tevin Mack: Mr. No News

Tevin Mack made news recently, and that is news.

Mack (SF 6’7″, 215, Columbia, SC, Dreher High) cut his list to Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, VCU and Wake Forest.

The inclusion of South Carolina on Mack’s final list is window dressing and VCU and Clemson appear to be Georgia’s competition for Mack.  All the bets are on Georgia and Mack family’s friendship with Mark fox is the big factor in his recruiting. As usual, expect this recruiting story to become far more interesting than the Bulldogs would prefer.

Haanif Cheathem

Haanif Cheatham (SG, 6’5″, 210, Fort Lauderdale, FL Pembroke Pines Charter) is another wing player Georgia has been involved with for quite a while. Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Georgetown, Marquette and Wichita State along with California are the schools he says he is still considering. Georgia definitely has a chance with Cheathem but it is not likely he commits to the Dawgs when he announces on September 5.

The Bottom Line

With combo guard Will Jackson firmly committed to the Bulldogs, snaring Beasley and Brown would give Georgia three of the top five in-state talents according to Justin Young. Any three recruit combination of Beasley, Brown, Cheatem, Jackson, Moore, and Mack with the expected 2016 returning roster should propel Georgia Basketball into the NCAA round of thirty-two. And while it would seem a let down, signing any two would be a very good recruiting class.

Recent Developments

A number of post players had break out summers and Georgia is recruiting a few of them.

Kerry Blackshear

Kerry Blackshear (PF, 6’8”, 225, Orlando, FL, Evans High) has narrowed his list of schools to six.

According to a tweet from his AAU coach, Blackshear is down to SMU, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Kansas State and Clemson.

The 247.com composite rankings has Blackshear the nation’s No. 119 overall player. But 247.com rates him a four-star prospect and the 74th-best prospect in the country.

Derek Ogbeide

Derek Ogbeide (PF, 6’8”, 225) is originally from Toronto and plays his high school ball at Pebblebrook. Schools offering a scholarship include Houston, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Houston was on Ogbeide early and there are strong family ties to the Houston area. However, there are also strong family ties to the Atlanta area and Dawn of the Dawg thinks Ogbeide is hte most likely post signee.

Stay tuned. The most exciting three months of basketball recruiting Georgia fans have seen in many years begins with several key recruit visits this Saturday.

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