Georgia Basketball Recruiting: Tevin Mack Follows Shaka Smart to Texas


It was no surprise that Top 50 shooting guard recruit Tevin Mack turned down Georgia basketball to follow Shaka Smart to Texas.

Tevin Mack ended his college basketball recruiting drama today, choosing Texas over Georgia.

It seemed everyone around Mack wanted him to go to Georgia, but the decision, as it must be, was his.

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Since Mack’s return from the Texas campus, a place he described as “unbelievable” to Rich Taylor of, Texas has been the presumed destination for Mack. Mack’s relationship with new Texas Coach Shaka Smart was ultimately too great for Georgia to overcome. Despite at least ten visits to Athens and by all accounts considerable family and friend pressure to play or the Bulldogs, Athens just wasn’t the place for Mack and Austin is.

Georgia head coach Mark Fox and his staff now turn their attention to James White, a graduate transfer recruit eligible upon graduation from Arkansas – Little Rock. White is a 6’7” 220-pound power forward. He played and graduated from Jonesboro High School. White scored 12 points and claimed seven rebounds a game before injury ended his season in 2015. In high school, White received scholarship offers as a 172 pound small forward from UALR, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky. Notably, he received an offer from Wichita State. White grew into an athletic power forward while in Little Rock. He would be a tremendous addition to the current Bulldog Puppy Club front line. White is also being recruiting by Alabama, Georgia Tech and others.

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Also seeking a new college basketball home is Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, a graduate transfer from Richmond. Nelson-Ododa graduated from Norcross High School as the top big man in the state in 2011, receiving offers from NC State, Cal, and Wichita State as well as Richmond. He is a shot blocking and defensive ace with offensive skills that went wasted at Richmond. There appears to be little mutual interest with the Georgia staff while Pitt, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and others have contacted Nelson-Ododa.