Georgia Basketball Recruiting: Twists and Turns


The expected – Daniel Giddens (C, 6’10” 220, Marietta, Wheeler High, Rivals 4-star, national 37) has committed to Ohio St. DawnoftheDawg called this one and hopefully you moved on.

The unexpected – Will Jackson (G, 6’4” 180, Athens, Athens Christian School, Rivals 3-star, national 107, ) is no longer bound for UCONN. Jackson plays his high school ball about twenty minutes from the Stegeman Coliseum and his commitment to UCONN generated great weeping and gnashing of teeth among Bulldog basketball fans.

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Jackson always appeared attracted to Georgia basketball, having spent many hours on campus, and he and his family also appeared comfortable with Coach Fox. Rumors of a recent campus visit by Jackson have spread by mouth and there is wide and wild speculation about Jackson’s future. It was clear last week that Georgia was back in the game for Jackson and the 247sports experts agree, having Jackson 75% Georgia and 25% Kansas.

This is the first of what will be many twists and turns in this year’s recruiting story, but DawnoftheDawgs is calling Jackson to Georgia. Stay tuned – no percentages with DawnoftheDawg. It’s not horse shoes. (Interesting to note that UCONN recently lost a commitment from Prince Ali, G, Rivals 4 star national 27.)

Haanif Cheathem (G, 6’5”, 180, Pemboke Pines, FL, Pembroke Charter high, Rivals 4-star and national 70) is being recruited heavily by Georgia and recently released his top six – Wichita State, Georgetown, Georgia, Marquette, Florida State, and California. With Will Jackson’s apparent renewed interest in Georgia, Cheathem’s recruiting becomes more interesting as both are possible combo guards that could eventually play at the point for Georgia. Georgetown and Marquette appear the biggest competition for the Dawgs but as long as Florida does not offer Georgia will have a chance.

Regarding the Dream Team of Jaylen Brown (F, 6’7”, 200, Marietta, Wheeler high School, Rivals 5-star and national 3) and Doral Moore (C, 6’11”, 220, Locust Grove, Luella High School, Rivals 4-star national 38), nothing has changed. If Brown is convinced Kentucky is not the place for him (a mighty chore), Georgia is sitting pretty. If Moore does not receive a Kentucky offer, Georgia has a chance. However, Illinois still has the edge.

For Malik Beasley (G, 6’4”, 185, Alpharetta, St Francis School, Rivals 4-star, national 60) it also appears nothing has changed. Beasley appears to be a likely Bulldog but he is attracting attention from the big boys. DawnoftheDawg is not calling this one.

Tevin Mack (G, 6’6”, 200, Columbia SC, Dreher High School, Rivals 4 star and national 76) is still an assumed future Bulldog. But its not over until its over and no Dawnof theDawg prediction.

Georgia basketball has not fished in such deep waters in many years – maybe ever.

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