Georgia gets first basketball commitment for 2010

First-year Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox received his first verbal commitment for the 2009-10 recruiting class on Thursday.

Cady Lalanne, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Orlando, gave the Bulldogs the news Thursday morning.

“I’d been thinking about it for a while so I was ready to do it,” said Lalanne, who visited the UGA campus Sept. 12-13. “I met Coach Fox this summer and he called me on the first day [of the contact period]. I looked at Coach Fox’s background and saw he had a good history of  developing big guys like me. It’s a great school and it’s close to home so I didn’t see any reason to wait.”

Lalanne is considered a three-star recruit and is ranked No. 142 on the Rivals150. He said he chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss, VCU and UMass. He will sign a scholarship with the Bulldogs on the first day of the early signing period, which is Nov. 11.

Derek Heard, Lalanne’s coach at Oak Ridge High and for the Florida Rams AAU team, said Lalanne is a classic late bloomer.

“He was a pretty good high school player last year,” Heard said. “But he played against better competition in AAU this summer and, as the competition got better, he got better and better every week.”

Lalanne averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots as a junior for Oak Ridge last season and was named All-Orlando. Heard said he has a 7-foot-2 wingspan and is an athletic and active rebounder.

Dave Telep, national recruiting director for Scout.com, said the Bulldogs are getting a diamond in the rough.

“He’s one of those guys the more you watch him the more you like him,” Telep said. “He really came on this last spring. He does a couple of things well. He can run, he has a live body and he can really jump. Every time I see him he seems like he’s an inch taller. He’s an SEC-caliber player for sure.”

Georgia could sign as many as three players before next season. The Bulldogs are also after 6-foot-5 win Jelan Kendrick of Marietta and 6-foot-9 center Shawn Kemp Jr. of Canton. The early signing period for basketball begins Nov.

30 comments Add your comment

DogDawg

October 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

What positions are the most pressing to recruit?

Blindog

October 29th, 2009
2:05 pm

Yeah, I would like to see an update on the entire roster, what are our needs,what is the teams strong side ?

Forsyth Dawg

October 29th, 2009
2:18 pm

I would really like a breakdown of this too. I know Trey Thompkins is still around and will continue to get better. Travis Leslie, Jeremy Price and Dustin Ware show potential. Unfortunately we still have Albert Jackson at Center, who continues to not be able to do anything but stand around and foul.

I really hope Fox can turn this program around. UGA needs a great BBall program.

Kom'on MANNNNN

October 29th, 2009
2:23 pm

Mannn this guy is at the bottom of the bunch….. IDK about this what about the in state players we went out of state to get this….

http://www.floridahoopsrecruits.com/highlight-video-of-cady-lalanne-best-of-the-south/

Ralph

October 29th, 2009
2:26 pm

We also need a football program.

cincyjacket

October 29th, 2009
2:32 pm

Congrats Dawgs, hope he plays well for you in all but one of your games.

Mustang

October 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

Give him time. Please don’t expect him to start pulling in 5 Star guys right away. I love UGA but our fans expect too freaking much.

collegeballfan

October 29th, 2009
2:44 pm

This is a real good recruit. Fox will do really well given what he has to work with. What he has to work with is a SEC school that does not matter in basketball. His job is to get UGA basketball to matter in college basketball circles. Until that happens he will not get the players UK, NC, UConn & Kan get. I really believe Fox can get it done.

JLC

October 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

As a GT fan let me give ya’ll some encouraging advice that is gained from experience…since he is listed as only a 3 star recruit, that usually translates to a good player that will stay at school for 3-4 years. 5 star recruits these days are 1 and done and it sucks..ie. Derrick Favors for us this year, Thaddeus Young, Javaris Crittenton, Chris Bosh, Stephon Marbury and so on.

trouble funk

October 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

Shawn Kemp has turned into a beast. He would be a nice pickup

bob horner stayed hurt

October 29th, 2009
3:35 pm

Hopefully Coach Fox won’t kick our leading scorers off the team like Felton did…..Felton was horrible….

Paddy

October 29th, 2009
3:49 pm

bob horner… Felton had no choice but to get rid of those players. Trouble is trouble no matter how many points you can score.

Saint Simons

October 29th, 2009
3:53 pm

((((( 67 62 ))))) hahahahahahahahaha

UGASlobberknocker

October 29th, 2009
4:00 pm

I love the Dawgs but over the years, poor play year after year has caused me to adjust my goals to the following:

1-to at least split 4 specific games..The three against the other SEC bottom feeders (Aub and SC), plus Tech..after that any win is gravy.

2-if we are gonna suck, at least lose in the SEC Tourney early so I wont be distracted from spring practice.

With Coach Fox things are gonna be different, I can just feel it..heck, we might beat SC twice this yr, or beat Tennessee for once. Maybe.

Bryan G.

October 29th, 2009
4:11 pm

How many kids does Shawn Kemp, Jr. have by now???

CatsFly

October 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

ESPN said that had Kentucky not hired Calipari, who in turn recruited some great players, that the SEC would have been in jeopardy of losing its automatic NCAA BB invitation.

Bryan G.

October 29th, 2009
5:14 pm

CatsFly…so, the SEC would not have an automatic bid….but the Big Sky conference would? The Ivy Leauge would? Southern confernece? I would like the link to that article.

RonnieGarDner

October 29th, 2009
5:41 pm

Is this kid related to Jack LaLane?

Kirby

October 29th, 2009
6:49 pm

Hold up Bryan G., did you just put the Southern Conference in the same category as the Big Sky and the Ivy League? I am not saying the Southern Conference is a stellar one, but I am pretty sure if you have watched any college basketball in the past few years you would know Davidson is in the Southern Conference, who made a run to the Elite Eight a couple years ago…

Ted Striker

October 29th, 2009
8:00 pm

7

October 29th, 2009
8:33 pm

Fox is the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dd

October 29th, 2009
9:09 pm

miami 33 tech 17

Spiller Time

October 29th, 2009
11:09 pm

Clemson 40 Miami 37

filtar21

October 30th, 2009
1:04 am

if this dude is even ranked in the espn 150 give him some credit. think about how many schools there are how many teams and players. there are thousands of Seniors playing basketball and if hes in the top 150 id be happy.

FOX FAN

October 30th, 2009
6:15 am

Fox WILL turn UGA hoops around. The question will be can we keep him around.

As a Davidson grad, Kirby...

October 30th, 2009
8:13 am

…thanks for the kudos – however, unfortunately, that run to the Elite 8 was an aberation. Sure, Davidson does get to the “dance’ every couple of years (they could not follow up the 2008 run in 2009 and missed the “dance” since they did not win the conference tourney – in spite of a 20+ win season and having the best record going into the conf. tourney), but the overall strength of the conference is not really all that much.

rebelrebel

October 30th, 2009
9:30 am

I can tell you as an Ole Miss fan that we really wanted this kid. good pick up for UGA.

FalconUGAFan

October 30th, 2009
10:38 am

@JLC Thanks for the good advice. GT has a good basketball program and we would be smart to listen. Clearly that is the way that 5-star recruits think and really who can blame them these days.

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lawzoo

November 3rd, 2009
12:58 pm

It must have been the ga. tradition along with the basketball facilities that lured him away from Ole Miss and the other contenders.