Georgia gets one, loses one on first day of early signings

As you may or may not know, today (Wednesday, Nov. 11) is the first day of the early signing period in college athletics. Of course, the most notable of the sports to participate in this process is basketball.

So far there hasn’t been much in the way of surprises. Those who had committed before the week-long window in which you can actually sign a scholarship have done so, for the most part.

For instance, Georgia got a letter-of-intent from the one commitment it had gotten for the Class of 2010 — 6-foot-8 power forward Cady Lalanne of Orlando-Oak Ridge High. Lalanne signed early this morning. The Bulldogs did receive some bad news, however. Center Shawn Kemp Jr., who’s at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia but hails from Canton, signed with Auburn earlier today. He was actually an Alabama signee out of high school but did not qualify.

Georgia State has received the paperwork from two of the three commitments it got this fall: point guard DaVonta White of Roswell-Centenniel and shooting guard Javonte Maynor of Snellville-South Gwinnett. Six-foot-6 swingman Harold Doby of Augusta is supposed to sign later this week.

Georgia Tech on Tuesday received a big commitment from a major prospect, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Jason Morris of Augusta by way of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. Morris, a four-star prospect, told me yesterday he plans to sign the official letter-of-intent eventually but wasn’t sure when he’d do it and wasn’t planning to make a big deal about it. Morris chose the Yellow Jackets over Clemson.

Both Georgia and Georgia Tech are pursuing Wheeler small forward Jelan Kendrick. Unfortunately for them, so is everybody else in the country. The nation’s No. 2-rated player has said he doesn’t plan to sign until the spring period, which begins in mid-April.

Tech is also in the hunt for another five-star prospect. Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Glen Head, N.Y., has the Yellow Jackets in a group that includes Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virgina. And how’s this for drama? He plans to sign with the school of his choice on the last day of the early signing period (Nov. 18) bugt not announce his decision publicly until the day after.

I’ll come back in here and update the blog as signing news develops the rest of the day. In the meantime, please be sure to let me know about Atlanta/Georgia kids that are signing somewhere.

Also, please note that we have created a signees’ photo gallery where we’re asking all our local recruits to go and upload their signing-day pictures. You can find it by clicking on the link HERE or you can copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://projects.ajc.com/photos/upload/early-signing-photos/.

Be sure to let me know what you see and hear so we can share it with the world!

47 comments Add your comment

Tom

November 11th, 2009
3:22 pm

first?

welcome, Jason!

Pi$$onaDawg

November 11th, 2009
3:48 pm

It is Basketball and the SEC don’t know bout no Basketball.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

The Big East now has the SEC vs Big East Challenge becuse the ACC vs Big East challenge made the big east lose all their early rankings after the ACC won the Challenge Everytime.

GeorgiaSouthernEagle

November 11th, 2009
4:33 pm

Chip,

Could you tell me what you know of the Ga Southern signees from the ATL? Are they good gets or impact players?

Trey Bussey 6′3 SG Lithia Springs
Sam Mike 6′8 PF Columbia

English

November 11th, 2009
4:34 pm

The ACC has only two teams annually. Good job GSU with Maynor and White.

jim

November 11th, 2009
4:34 pm

who cares about these thug drama queens or basketball period. wow we are a sick society to give these guys one minute of our time playing their game of look at me.

Pi$$onaBee

November 11th, 2009
4:37 pm

Sad, the tools are now forced to go after kids from boarding schools?

Tarheel

November 11th, 2009
4:38 pm

Look at the nerds clinging to our coattails on the hardwood. Just like they cling to Florida in football. What losers

Lou Vales

November 11th, 2009
4:47 pm

The University of Florida has won more National Championships than Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson,Boston College, Miami, FSU, Georgia Tech and Maryland COMBINED. You can also include Michigan, Purdue, Northwestern, Penn State, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa COMBINED!! Also Kansas State, Temple, St Joe’s,Entire Ivy League, DePaul–Oh Forget about It!!

You get the drift. However I must mention Tennessee, Vandy, Georgia,South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn,LSU, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Incredible!!

Lou Vales

November 11th, 2009
4:50 pm

In fact they have won 1 less than K.

North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Indiana alums can shoot their mouths off. Others–Be Quiet!!!

Lou Vales

November 11th, 2009
4:53 pm

In fact the SEC has 9 NCAA Basketball Championships. I know Duke has 3, Maryland 1, NC State 2 and of course the bellwether North Carolina.

CatsFly

November 11th, 2009
4:55 pm

Three teams in the state of NC can boast multiple NCAA basketball titles. Can anyone else make that claim? NC=Basketball champs.

bob

November 11th, 2009
5:21 pm

Lou Vales
Who exactly was ’shooting their mouth off’ against Gator Basketball?

What does this blog have to do with Gator Basketball anyway?

bob

November 11th, 2009
5:32 pm

I think the state of California has 5 more championships that the state of NC. Who cares.
Pac 10 has 15, SEC has 9, who cares.
This blog was about recruiting by Georgia schools. Can’t there be such a discussion without someone shouting the cumulative championships of a conference, state or school. Particularly a school that is tied for 7th on the list.

Pi$$onaDawg

November 11th, 2009
5:42 pm

Without the 4 corners UNC ain’t crap. WE are up by 1. Now lets just shoot frre throws. Wow I am a great coach signed Dean Smith.

Lou Vales

November 11th, 2009
6:15 pm

Sorry. The point I was trying to make was only about 20 teams in America have a chance of winning a Championship and yet there is the feeling the “NEXT” recruiting class at all the other schools will turn it around. In actuality, NO.

Squeezebox

November 11th, 2009
6:54 pm

Lou,
What? No Marlins talk?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 11th, 2009
6:56 pm

Basketball already?

collegeballfan

November 11th, 2009
7:05 pm

Tech could sure use Tobias Harris. They will be losing three big men after this season, Lawal, Favors, & Peacock. Instant playing time.

Fort Worth Dawg

November 11th, 2009
7:07 pm

Kentucky and California, off the top of my head, also have multiple schools with NC’s. If Louisville has more than one then KY is in. Fairly certain there’s several CA schools with multiples (without bothering to Google it).

CatsFly

November 11th, 2009
7:35 pm

Pay attention Fort Worth Dawg, no state can boast three schools with multiple NCAA basketball titles other than North Carolina.

GT GRAD

November 11th, 2009
7:43 pm

The GT Basketball program is on the verge of becoming a consistent TOP 10 TEAM with a shot at the NC almost every year!!

One could ALMOST say the same thing about the GT Football program since we have Coach PJ running the show!! (If NCAA Football had an 8 team playoff system, I would say we are already there!)

Wow……….what a GREAT time to be a GT fan!!

High school fan

November 11th, 2009
7:46 pm

Can u update on the girls early signings in basket ball.

bee shabazz

November 11th, 2009
7:51 pm

I thought Jelan Kendrick was at Westlake?

layinlow

November 11th, 2009
7:52 pm

I think the SEC has more than 9 national championships. Lets see Rupp had 5 national championships. Joe b. hall 1, rick pitino 1, and tubby smith 1. So that is eight total for kentucky. Florida has two national championships and Arkansas has 1 national championship. Correct me if I’m wrong but that right there would be 11 national championships. In fact I believe that the SEC actually has one more national title than the vaunted and much publicized basketball conference called the ACC.

CatsFly

November 11th, 2009
7:57 pm

Was Arkansas in the SEC when it won its crown?

layinlow

November 11th, 2009
8:06 pm

Yes. They won in 1994 and were definently a part of the SEC.

CatsFly

November 11th, 2009
8:33 pm

Three teams from the SEC total 11 national championships (Kentucky has over 70% of them). Three teams from NC have a total of 10 (UNC 5, Duke 3, NCState 2), and Maryland has one, for a total of 11. In addition, Wake, GaTech UVa, Clemson, Fla State, VaTech, Boston College, and Miami have all been in the top 10 on numerous occasions. The SEC simply has not been as strong from top-to-bottom over the years, Take Kentucky away, and no SEC team has a history (Florida’s was only recent and short-lived) than equals even Wake or GaTech. Wake has been a top-ten program for many years now, not every year, but more often than not.

Zach

November 11th, 2009
8:43 pm

Watch out for Auburn. We actually have a coaching staff that spends time recruiting instead of sitting in their cushy offices.

Additionally, Auburn is going to win this weekend. Thats all I gotta say.

Michael Dawgs for life

November 11th, 2009
10:02 pm

nobody cares about sec college basketball the only decent team is kentucky

So how does NC stack up in sports that anyone down here really care about

November 11th, 2009
10:25 pm

The name says it all

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2009
11:14 pm

bee shabazz: Transferred to Wheeler over the summer.

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2009
11:18 pm

High school fan:

Georgia women’s basketball: The Lady Bulldogs received signed letters of intent from Arieal Johnson, a 6-foot-5 center from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia; and Ronika Ransford, a 5-7 point guard out of Washington D.C. SG Khalidaah Miller of Douglass will sign Thursday, I believe.

Georgia Tech women’s basketball: The Lady Jackets signed Dawnn Maye, 5-foot-8 point guard from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Tyaunna Marshall, a 5-11 guard out of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and Kendra Long, a 5-9 shooting guard from Atlanta’s Mays High School

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2009
11:22 pm

GeorgiaSouthernEagle: I honestly don’t know that much about them. I’ll try to find out more and let you know. Thanks for your interest.

Pi$$onaJacket

November 11th, 2009
11:28 pm

Let’s face it…the tech basketball program is just average at best. Hewitt has wasted talent the previous years, so why would any recruit want to go to tech? Tech has become the Gardner-Webb of the ACC.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 11th, 2009
11:38 pm

At least this time we got the one that can read and write.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 11th, 2009
11:39 pm

Tech is going to be good at least talent wise but Hewitt is not going to make them any better and that is the problem.

John Wooden

November 12th, 2009
1:41 am

Um, UCLA won a couple of championships. And who is the idiot who said GaTech is on the verge of being an annual Top 10 basketball program?? If you guys think Hewitt is a good coach, I will laugh in your face continuously until Sunday! His mythical run to the championship game included no wins over higher-seeded teams, and he has been extremely average since. If Favors gets you to the sweet 16, that team will go no further. Bank it. I know basketball. Signed, The Coach

Jonnyboy

November 12th, 2009
8:09 am

Lou Vales
In fact the SEC has 9 NCAA Basketball Championships.

Yes but the SEC is Kentucky period. Yes the gators won two, great run but you will not see it again and they will be irrelevant again, actually they are irrelevant now, but I digress. SEC basketball is Kentucky so I would not crow to loud, take them out and you have nothing.

Hey Dogtards

November 12th, 2009
8:24 am

Are you idiots kidding?

ACC has had 28 teams in final fours since 1981. SEC has had 16 teams. That’s almost double. ACC has also won more championships (7-5) over the same period, even though its much easier to win a championship coming out of the SEC (cake schedule for much of the year – players are well rested and records are inflated, meaning a more beneficial seed). Yeah, Florida’s had some good teams. But those would have been 9-7 or 10-6 teams in the ACC at BEST.

Plus, there is nothing about Florida that makes me ooh or aah. NIT the past two years? Please. Great programs don’t go to the NIT. Decent ones do. Besides one class of players (who Donovan probably gave and arm and a leg to get and more to stay), UF basically hasn’t gotten out of the second round of the tourney save a couple of fluke seasons.

UF is a decent program. That’s the only one the SEC has. ACC has two great programs and a handful of decent ones.

Hey Dogtards

November 12th, 2009
8:41 am

“so why would any recruit want to go to tech”

Three letters – N.B.A.

A WALK ON at GT played for 2-3 years in the league. Most big time recruits and starters for uga don’t play there that long, if at all.

uog has 2 players in the NBA this year, totaling about 110 minutes so far. That’s about 5-7 minutes a game per player. Conversely, GT has INDIVIDUALS who have played more minutes than all uga players. Bosh (286); Jack (199); Bynum (210); Young (281); Morrow (208).

So you can go to uog and your best bet is to play a fraction of a game during mop-up duty, or you can go to GT, become an all star, and start. If GT is the Gardner Web of the ACC, Georgia is the Cumberland College of the SEC.

What’s that? Dominique Wilkins? He hasn’t stepped on a court in a decade and hasn’t worn anything with the words uga on it since Herschel was still playing.

UGA Girls are Dawgs

November 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

Walk-ons at GT could probably beat any team from UGA going back decades.

bob

November 12th, 2009
5:02 pm

John Wooden -”mythical run to the championship game included no wins over higher-seeded teams”

Somethings are not even worth commenting on, but what the heck. So, say a #1 seed UNC team wins the tourney without beating a higher seed (because there are no higher seeds) that does not mean anything?

Anyway your are wrong, Tech, a 3 seed beat a 2 seed Ok St team. Regardless taking a team to the championship game is a rotatable achievement. You are a nob if you deny that. I agree that they have sucked since then,

Paddy

November 13th, 2009
12:51 am

If you pick a school on the last day of the early period and then keep it a secret till the spring; what is your motivation? Do not like the sound of that comment at all! Be careful Tech if you are the unlucky one chosen.

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Go Lions!!!!

November 15th, 2009
6:56 am

Westlake High School Early Basketball Signing Day 11/12/09

Danielle Spencer—Georgia Southern
Chad Johnson—-Colgate
Sharnea Boykin—Mercer
Marcus Thornton–Clemson

dawg4lyf

November 15th, 2009
9:38 am

…can’t believe we are arguing about basketball with NC fans…trust me, I live in Concord, NC and basketball fans up here are as egotistical as they come…just give up and walk away, knowing you are the better men, gentleman. They have very, very good basketball here but that is because all they have is basketball and women’s field hockey. The SEC is the premier football conference and only in a year like this does another conference qualify as a close second. The ACC, top to bottom, is a better basketball conference. My ego doesn’t get in the way of saying that.