CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Fox of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

College Basketball Signing Day: UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State Picking Up Talent

For the Peach State's basketball programs, today's the day to show off the results of months of recruiting.

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College Basketball Recruiting: Brian Gregory Could Add Two More Recruits To 2012 Class

Brian Gregory didn't waste much time in making a splash in recruiting during his first season on the bench for the Yellow Jackets. Robert Carter's commitment last week vaulted the Yellow Jackets' recruiting class into the top 15 nationally and Gregory says that Tech has the room to add a couple of more players to the 2012 class. 

"The thing we did, we look at it as a two-year recruiting process to bring in seven players over two recruiting classes," he said. "That may break down to three this year and four next, or another combination. After our second season here, we'll be sitting with seven players that we brought in with us to Georgia Tech, along with the returning players we have."

If Gregory is successful in adding seven players over the next two seasons, then he will have successfully turned over nearly half of the Yellow Jackets roster in just his first two seasons. That should expedite Tech's rebuilding process. 

For more on Georgia Tech Basketball be sure to check out From The Rumble Seat


College Basketball Recruiting: Shaq Goodwin Officially Signs LOI With Memphis

The Shaq Goodwin recruiting saga came to an end Wednesday afternoon when the Southwest Dekalb star officially signed his letter-of-intent several hours before the midnight deadline. Goodwin made waves last week when he abruptly committed to the Tigers after only taking two of his five allowed official visits. 

Shortly after his commitment was announced, rumors surfaced that perhaps Goodwin had made his announcement without discussing the decision with his family. It was thought that Goodwin would wait until April to sign but threw everyone another curve ball today when he made it official by signing. 

Goodwin is regarded as a top 25 player nationally and as one of the top three players in the state of Georgia. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game last season for Southwest Dekalb and joins his for Atlanta Celtics AAU teammate Damien Wilson as part of Memphis' 2012 class. After missing out on Alex Poythress to Kentucky, Memphis coach Josh Pastner was excited to land Goodwin

"Coach [Damon] Stoudamire and Coach [Jack] Murphy deserve all the credit on this," Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. "Shaq is extremely contagious with positive energy, and it just flows throughout his game. He plays with a tremendous motor; he's very versatile and can shoot the three. He's a very, very good rebounder as well and just a high character guy that fits right in with our current student-athletes."


College Basketball Signing Day: Robert Carter Picks Georgia Tech Over UGA, Others

Shiloh High power forward Robert Carter backed up the rumors today when he confirmed that he would be playing for Georgia Tech and Brian Gregory next season. Carter is a 5-star talent and is ranked among the top 25 players in the nations by several outlets. Carter joins fellow in-state players Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden to form a solid 2012 class for the Yellow Jackets. 

Carter also had UGA, Florida, Florida State and Maryland on his list of schools along with the Yellow Jackets. Reportedly Carter's decision was between Georgia Tech and Georgia.

After taking an official visit to Athens, Carter said that he was told by Mark Fox that he was the Bulldogs' No. 1 priority this season although Georgia was still reportedly recruiting Carter's fellow in-state product Shaq Goodwin. 

On Carter's official visit to Georgia Tech he was greeted by both Bolden and Hunt as the trio will now be considered the foundation for the beginning of the Brian Gregory era. 

For more on Georgia Tech Basketball be sure to check out From The Rumble Seat


College Basketball Signing Day: Robert Carter To Announce Decision Thursday On ESPNU

One of the state of Georgia's top basketball players is set to announce his college decision on Thursday. Shiloh High School power forward Robert Carter will make his decision around 5 pm in Atlanta. The announcement will be covered by ESPNU. Carter's decision is rumored to be between in-state schools Georgia Tech and Georgia although other schools such as Florida, Florida State and Maryland have also recruited Carter. 

After visiting Athens, Carter shared that he had been told by the Bulldogs that he was a top priority. The Bulldogs have signed three wing players so far in their class of 2012 but would also like to add a big man to their frontcourt. 

Carter was greeted on his official visit to Georgia Tech by fellow recruits Chris Bolden and Marcus Hunt who signed on with the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. There is a connection between Carter and Tech that may bode well for coach Brian Gregory according to Michael Carvell of the AJC

Tech reportedly has an edge over Georgia for Carter, who has connections with the Yellow Jackets. Carter's AAU basketball coach is Winfred Jordan, whose son, point guard Pierre Jordan, transferred from Florida State to Tech in August and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Yellow Jackets. Carter has expressed interest in playing with Jordan in college.


College Basketball Signing Day: Andy Landers Adds Two Players To UGA Class

The Georgia Lady Bulldogs received signed letters-of-intent from two players on Tuesday for their 2012 class in Shacobia Barbee and Marjorie Butler. 

Barbee is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee and was Miss Basketball in Class AAA. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward led Riverdale High School 34-2 record and was State Runner-Up in Class AAA. 

"Shacobia comes from an ultra-successful high school program," Landers said. "She could be playing on the best high school team in the country this year. Shacobia is a versatile perimeter player who also has the physical strength, size and toughness to be a small '4'. As good as Shacobia is - and she's very, very good - she has enormous potential and is particularly exciting with her versatility."

Marjorie Butler is a 5-foot-8 guard from The Webb School of Knoxville. Butler was named Miss Basketball for Division II Class A last season and was the state of Tennessee's 2011 recipient of the Wendy's High School Heisman. The Webb School finished as state runner-up in Class A last season. 

For more on the Georgia Lady Bulldogs be sure to check out Dawg Sports and Swish Appeal


College Basketball Signing Day: Kennesaw State Adds Nice And Neat Class

With scholarship numbers thinned due to APR challenges, programs like the Kennesaw St. Owls and national champion Connecticut Huskies can only do so much on National Signing Day. These programs have a whole lot in common, you see.

The four newest Owls:

Jordan Montgomery, a two-star, six-foot-three beanpole who'll play swingman. As a senior, he helped Orlando Christian Prep to the Florida 1A semifinals. There's also a nine-year-old mixtape star of the same name. This is a different guy. Among Montgomery's other Division I offers were Miami, Tennessee, UAB, Colgate, Coastal Carolina, and Northwestern State, plus new coach Lewis Preston's former program, Penn State.

At the time of his commitment, Montgomery was pleasantly surprised with Kennesaw State's urban sophistication:

"At first I thought it was just going to be a country type of setting with not much to do. I definitely fell in love with the campus and the setting. I really liked the people and the environment. It was kind of that home feeling to me. I felt welcomed."    

And Yonel Brown is a five-foot-nine point guard from Lilburn who played his AAU ball for the Worldwide Renegades. He's the reigning Region 8-AAAAA player of the year and was named Honorable Mention All-Metro. He averaged 16.4 points and 3.1 assists as a senior and was also offered by Gardner-Webb, American, and Presbyterian. 

Myles Hamilton, a six-foot-one two guard from Cleveland, also joined the Owls. He had offers from Akron and Kent State, in addition to being recruited by Rider and Western Michigan.

The Owls also picked up a player named Brandon Williams. I'm having a hard time finding out anything about him, to be quite honest. There are a lot of Brandon Williamses, too. Welcome to Kennesaw, Brandon!


College Basketball Signing Day: Georgia State Adds Four Highly Touted Prospects

Ron Hunter and Georgia State basketball have received signed letter of intents from all four 2012 commitments in RJ Hunter, TJ Shipes, David Travers and Cameron Solomon.

All four will be immediate impact players as the Panthers lose six seniors from the 2011-12 roster.  RJ Hunter is a 6'6, 175lbs small forward prospect from Pike HS (IN) who has tremendous range and length.  He chose Georgia State over offers from Wake Forrest, Iowa and Virginia Tech.

TJ Shipes is a 6'8, 220lbs power forward prospect from Buford HS with excellent athleticism and size.  He chose Georgia State over offers from Utah, Tennessee, Northwestern, Charlotte, UAB and CAA foe Old Dominion.

David Travers is a 6'1, 165lbs point guard prospect from La Costa Canyon HS (CA) who has elite speed and very good ball handling ability.  He chose Georgia State over offers from UC-Davis and Denver.

Cameron Solomon is a 6'4, 175lbs shooting guard prospect out of Lovejoy HS by way of Brevard CC is a tremendous scorer who plays much larger than his frame.  He had offers out of high school from Buffalo, High Point

The coaching staff still has two scholarships to use later this period or can utilize in the Spring signing period which opens April 16.  Georgia State basketball opens its 2011-12 season Saturday in Seattle vs. Washington.


College Basketball Signing Day: Shaq Goodwin Unsure If He Will Sign During Early Period

After abruptly committing to Memphis on Tuesday, Shaq Goodwin tells the AJC that he is unsure if he will sign during the early period. All reports indicate that he is still committed to Memphis but may have done so without discussing the decision with his family. 

"I don’t know what’s going to happen," said Goodwin, declining to go into more details.

Goodwin committed after having only taken two of his five allowed official visits. He had made recruiting stops to Memphis and UCLA but still had UGA, Florida and Arizona listed among his top five schools. Goodwin is a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Southwest Dekalb who has also stated that he wants to be a two sport star and play football in college. 

CBS Sports ranks Memphis with the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation after receiving the commitment from Goodwin. So even though he has made a commitment, it doesn't appear that Goodwin will be signing any letters-of-intent just yet. 


College Basketball Signing Day: Georgia Tech Adds Marcus Hunt, Chris Bolden

Brian Gregory and Georgia Tech have received signed letter-of-intents from both of its 2012 commitments in North Clayton's Marcus Hunt and North Gwinnett's Chris Bolden

10:29 a.m. - Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden have signed with Georgia Tech.

Both Hunt and Bolden will be counted on as the first pieces of the puzzle as coach Brian Gregory remakes his roster. Bolden is a 6-foot-3 guard that should become a fixture in Tech's backcourt for sometime. As a junior he helped Norcross high to an upset victory over Milton in the state championship game last year. 

Marcus Hunt is a four-star rated small forward out of North Clayton. He is a strong wing player that has a knack for getting into the lane and has enough strength to finish once inside. He is described as possessing a blue collar work ethic on the court and should fit nicely into Brian Gregory's rebuilding job at Georgia Tech. He selected the Yellow Jackets over the likes of Florida State and Florida. 

For more on Georgia Tech Basketball be sure to check out From The Rumble Seat


College Basketball Signing Day: UGA Receives LOI's From Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines, Brandon Morris

College basketball's early signing period has begun and the Georgia Bulldogs wasted no time in receiving letters-of-intent from all three of its 2012 commitments. Joining the fold for Mark Fox and the Bulldogs are Whitefield Academy's Kenny Gaines, Miller Grove's Brandon Morris and Charles Mann. 

Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines figure to be a fixture in the Georgia backcourt along with freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Their signing is important because the Bulldogs starting backcourt in Dustin Ware an Gerald Robinson will graduate after this season. 

Mann is a 6-foot-5 point guard and is touted as one of the best point guards in the state. He averaged over 20 points a game as a junior for Union Grove high school but has transferred to Milton for his senior season. Kenny Gaines along with Mann will give the Bulldogs another backcourt combination where either player is capable of running the point guard position. 

The Bulldogs also received a commitment from 6-foot-7 small forward Brandon Morris Miller Grove. Morris committed to Mark Fox back in September selecting the Bulldogs over Auburn and Arkansas. 

For more on Georgia Basketball be sure to check out Dawg Sports


College Basketball Recruiting: Shaq Goodwin Picks Memphis, Tony Parker Waiting Until December

Southwest Dekalb forward Shaq Goodwin kept everyone in suspense this morning before tweeting out the twitter hashtag #memphisbound on his twitter account. Goodwin's high school coach Dewayne McKinney later confirmed to's Evan Daniels that Goodwin had pledged his commitment to the Tigers. 

Goodwin picks Memphis over UCLA, Georgia and Florida. He had just returned from an official visit with the Bruins. Goodwin has long maintained his desire to be a two sport athlete in college and there is no word whether he will attempt to play football with the Tigers. 

Another of the state's top three prospects appears to be putting off his college decision until December. Adam Zagoria reports that Miller Grove standout Tony Parker isn't ready to commit just yet. Parker had originally indicated that he was looking forward to getting his decision out of the way where he could focus on the upcoming season and his quest for a State Championship. 

Parker has taken official visits to Duke, Ohio State, UCLA and Memphis. 

Georgia has three commitments already for the class of 2012 but needs to add some inside depth and a player like Goodwin, Parker or Robert Carter would have fit into the mold nicely. With Goodwin and likely Parker out of the equation, Mark Fox has one last shot remaining with Shiloh High's Robert Carter who will announce his decision at noon on Thursday. 


College Basketball Recruiting: Tony Parker Closing In On A Decision, According To A Report

One of the top players in the state of Georgia is closing in on a decision according to his AAU coach. Miller Grove standout Tony Parker just finished up his official visit to Duke and according to Georgia Stars coach Norm Parker, is closing in on a decision. 

"There's one school out there for each one of them that is their preference," Parker told by phone Monday, declining to specify the favored schools. "I've told them they've done a good job selecting the four or five schools that they visited.

Parker is considering Duke, Ohio State, UCLA and Memphis. Georgetown was on his list but he cancelled his trip there to play in the IS8 Tournament in Queens, New York two weeks ago where he teamed up with UCLA commit Kyle Anderson. he other top in state recruits, Shaq Goodwin and Robert Carter have indicated that they may not sign in the early period. Goodwin has been busy with football while Carter recently visited Georgia and Georgia Tech. Parker seems intent on making a decision before the high school season starts so that he can focus on trying to win a state championship. 

"I'm looking forward to getting it over with," Tony told in New York. "Really focusing in on my season. We got a big year this year.

"This is my last season so I want to focus in and have fun."


College Basketball Recruiting: Robert Carter Enjoys Georgia Tech Visit

After being declared a top priority during his official visit to Athens, Robert Carter rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a 9 on a scale of 1-10. Both the Yellow Jackets and the Bulldogs are putting a lot of effort into recruiting Carter who still plans to visit Florida, Florida State and either Maryland or Kentucky. 

"I had a good time at Georgia Tech. I enjoyed spending time with the coaches and players, and I like the direction that coach [Brian Gregory] is taking the program. I don't know if I could really rate it, though." After pausing for a few seconds, Carter said, "I'd probably give it a 9."

Carter was entertained in Athens by Georgia freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, while Georgia Tech went to great lengths to bring in both of its 2012 commitments in North Gwinnett's Chris Bolden and North Clayton's Marcus Hunt. 

Carter says that he still doesn't have a leader and plans to take the rest of his scheduled trips before making up his mind. 


College Basketball Recruiting: Robert Carter Visits UGA, Georgia Tech Up Next

Shiloh High's Robert Carter took an official visit to the University of Georgia over the weekend in the first of five planned trips for the 6-foot-9 power forward. Next up for Carter will be a Friday trip to Atlanta to visit with Brian Gregory and the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets.

When Carter arrived in Athens, he was greeted by McDonald's All-American Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who acted as his host for the weekend. Both Carter and Southwest Dekalb star Shaq Goodwin are top 25 prospects who have the Bulldogs listed in their top 5. However, according to Carter, Mark Fox has declared Carter as Georgia's No. 1 priority.

"They really want me; Coach Fox has told me that I'm the first option at power forward since day one and that they are saving a scholarship for me," Carter said. "I guess they are recruiting [Goodwin] but they really want me to come there because they say I really fit their system well as a big man who can score. Georgia said they have me on their recruiting board as their No. 1 guy, and that really meant a lot to me."

Carter stated that he enjoyed his visit to Athens but left without a commitment while stating that he had nothing to compare the visit to. In addition to visiting the Yellow Jackets, Carter has trips planned to Florida, Florida State and either Kentucky or Maryland. 

For more on Georgia Basketball, be sure and check out Dawg Sports.


College Basketball Recruiting: Shaq Goodwin Receives In-Home Visits From UCLA, Florida And Memphis

One of the most difficult parts of recruiting Southwest Dekalb's Shaq Goodwin is that he is so busy. After all the 6-foot-8, 245 pound power forward is also a wide receiver on the football team. Still Goodwin found the time to host coaches from three of the biggest basketball programs in the country in Florida's Billy Dononvan, Memphis' Josh Pastner and UCLA's Ben Howland. 

Howland and UCLA are not to be ignored in this equation as former Atlanta Celtics coach Korey McCray is a part of the Bruins coaching staff and traveled with Howland to visit Goodwin. Goodwin has played AAU basketball for both the Celtics and McCray. 

Georgia is not out of the equation either. Goodwin took an unofficial visit to Athens a couple of weeks ago. Goodwin has stated that he also wants to play football in college also as either a wide receiver or a tight end. That wouldn't be unheard of at Georgia as Nick Marshall and Jay Rome are planning to do the same thing for the Bulldogs this season.

Goodwin still lists Georgia, Florida, Memphis, Arizona and UCLA as his top five and is currently in the process of setting up visits to each school. 


College Basketball Recruiting: Georgia And Georgia Tech Still Chasing Top In-State Talent

Georgia's Mark Fox and Georgia Tech's Brian Gregory are hitting the recruiting trail hard as they try and keep the State's top talent at home.


Brandon Morris To UGA Basketball Over Auburn And Arkansas

Miller Grove High forward Brandon Morris becomes the third player from the Class of 2012 to commit to play for Mark Fox and the Georgia Bulldogs.


Georgia Basketball Recruiting: Kenny Gaines Picks Bulldogs After 'Sign From God'

Kenny Gaines will be paired with Charles Mann as the Bulldogs' backcourt of the future.


Chris Bolden Commits To Georgia Tech Basketball Over USC, Viginia Tech,Others

Georgia Tech Basketball coach Brian Gregory picked up a much needed commitment from one of the state's top players in guard Chris Bolden.


Charles Mann Commits To Georgia Basketball Over FSU, Georgia Tech, Others

Georgia Basketball picked up a much needed high profile commitment from Milton High's Charles Mann. The 6-foot-5 point guard is considered by many as the No. 1 point guard in the state's 2012 class. Mann averaged 22 points a game last season for Union Grove High School but transferred this season to play at Milton. The timing couldn't be more perfect for Mann with both Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson graduating after this season with the Bulldogs. 

"The most important thing about UGA is that it’s close to home, so my friends and family can watch me play," Mann told the AJC. "It was down to Georgia and Florida State. Georgia has two point guards leaving after this season, giving me a great chance to come in and start. I’ve built a great relationship with the coaches, and I felt like Georgia was the best place for me."

Georgia was but one of 24 schools to offer Mann scholarships. Among those were offers from reigning National Champion Connecticut and in state rival Georgia Tech. Mann whittled that list down to two finalists in Georgia and Florida State with Mark Fox and the Bulldogs winning out. 

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