Can Georgia Basketball Close the Sale With Tevin Mack?


Is the Tevin Mack ship coming to port? Is the destination Athens, Lawrence, Austin? Could it just stay docked in Columbia? Can Georgia Basketball sell a Classic City destination?

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TheState’s Phil Kornblut reports Tevin Mack’s (6’6” 185, SF, Columbia, SC, Dreher High) mother had phone conversations Monday with three head coaches who want Mack in their program – Shaka Smart of Texas, Mark Fox of Georgia and Bill Self of Kansas.

“They were all telling me how much they can use him and how much they need him,” Ms. Mack told Kornblut. “They all want him. All three said how bad they needed him, especially Kansas. He (Self) said he needed a big scoring guard.”

Ms. Mack also told Kornblut no visits are planned, but they might drive to Athens on the weekend. Mack is out of official visits and will have to pay for any visits he now takes. Ms. Mack said she did check on air flights to Kansas and Texas as well.

If there is any news about Mack’s recruitment, it is that there has been little recent conversation between the Mack family and instate programs South Carolina or Clemson. So this could be a Georgia, Kansas, Texas battle.

Or not.

What is clear is Mack’s mother would like a resolution soon and she has mentioned Friday as a possible decision deadline, Mack’s birthday. But there is no reason to believe that Mack has any idea what he will do.

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With Kansas still in the hunt for the signature of Jaylen Brown, the best small forward recruit in the country, to go with one of the strongest rosters in Division 1 basketball, Mack should indeed be cautious. And with former VCU head coach Shaka Smart taking over a flailing Texas program, Georgia would seem a logical choice. Still, the Bulldogs have always been the logical choice. Yet Mack seems reluctant to pull the trigger for the Dawgs, despite Georgia always being near the very top of his list. Is Georgia the nice girl next door that mom likes but just isn’t pretty enough? Once again, stay tuned – there is no reason to believe this saga is nearing an end.

Georgia also appears to be courting a graduate transfer to shore up the thin and immature Georgia backline. Every blogger with a web browser is naming graduate transfers over 6’7” as potential Bulldog recruits. Sooner or later, as the proverbial darts tossed at the stock exchange listings, someone is going to be right. Take these reports with the proper amount of salt. And don’t fret – graduate transfers are just now graduating and more will be coming on the market during the next two weeks.

We will dutifully report the name of graduate transfer Jernard Jarreau of Washington, mentioned as a possible by Jarreau averaged 5.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds.

In 2016 recruiting news, point guard Alterique Gilbert (5’10 155 PG, Lithonia, Miller Grove High) of the mighty Miller Grove program, highly coveted by Georgia head coach Mark Fox, received a scholarship offer from Georgetown.