Miller Grove’s Donte Williams chooses Bulldogs (updated)

Updated 11:58 a.m. . . .

Miller Grove's Donte Williams jams home two points in a win over Tucker during the Class AAAA playoffs. The 6-foot-9 forward committed to UGA Tuesday night. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Miller Grove's Donte Williams jams home two points in a win over Tucker during the Class AAAA playoffs. The 6-foot-9 forward committed to UGA Tuesday night. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

If Donte Williams has half the effect on Georgia’s basketball team he had at Miller Grove High School, the Bulldogs could be in for some good things.

Williams, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward, committed to UGA coach Mark Fox Tuesday night. His decision comes on the heels of the Wolverines winning their second consecutive Class AAAA state championship.

Asked how much Williams’ presence had to do with Miller Grove winning all those games, coach Sharman White said, “Everything, everything to do with it.

“Especially this year. He was our guy on both sides of the ball,” White said. “He plays 94 feet both ways. At first he was kind of a quiet leader, but he became more assertive as the season went on. He’s really developed and matured as a player and we just kind of, you know, followed his lead.”

Williams, he AJC’s Class AAAA player of the year, chose the Bulldogs over Auburn, Georgia State, UCF, UAB and East Carolina.

“I believe it’s I can develop my game and get better,” said Williams, averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game for the Wolverines. “It’s a place I can see myself playing at in the future. I feel really good about my decision.”

Williams just took an official visit to UGA this past weekend. That’s what sealed the deal on his decision.

“I got up there and I saw the academic program as well as the basketball side of the school and I like both sides,” he said. “I think it’s a place I can get a good education and I can develop as a basketball player. And I can see myself being around those guys the next few years, the players and the coaches.”

Williams said he either knows or is familiar with most of the players on the team as the majority are from the Atlanta area.

Williams is a slender, athletic forward who played four positions for Miller Grove. So where does Georgia’s staff see him fitting in?

“Something similar to Trey [Thompkins],” Williams said. “I’m a mobile forward, somebody who’s just not going to post up all the time. I can step out and shoot from the 3-point line, move around and stuff like that. A 3-, 4-type guy.”

I asked Williams if he had any insight on Thompkins impending decision whether or not to enter the NBA draft.

“Right now Trey doesn’t really know what he’s going to do,” Willilams said. “If he comes back next year it’ll be a chance for me to see a guy like him at the next level. It’d be a good thing to have a chance to play with him.”

Willams joins forward Cady Lalanne in the Bulldogs’ Class of 2010. Lalanne, also a 6-9 forward, signed with UGA during the early period last November. The Bulldogs could sign as many as two other players are focused on finding shooting help on the perimeter. They have been vigorously recruiting 6-foot-7 shooting guard Dwyane Polee of Los Angeles.

Williams can’t sign a letter-of-intent until the spring period begins on April 14. He hasn’t decided exactly when he will do it but the school plans to put together a modest signing ceremony.

Williams, the first Miller Grove player to sign with the Bulldogs, plans to enroll at UGA immediately after his high school graduation.

“I’m going to start this summer and get on their weight program and start working out this summer with their conditioning coaches,” he said. “It’s a good feeling to get the process over with. Now I can just focus on schoolwork and finishing out the school year. For this to happen after winning two state championships is just a great feeling.”

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93 comments Add your comment

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 31st, 2010
9:26 am

Great News!! Welcome to UGA Donte! I see this program heading in the right direction (bout time)

Sven Ottke

March 31st, 2010
9:35 am

A commit over UCF, UAB, Ga St, East Carolina and Auburn. Wow, Georgia hoops is like Anthony Michael Hall in 16 Candles……King of the DipSh**s.

Ima Badman

March 31st, 2010
9:35 am

How come after 4 years playing for Urban, Tebow had to rush out and hire someone to teach him how to throw. Doesn’t say much for how a QB will develop as a Gator.

Ima Badman

March 31st, 2010
9:38 am

Yeh, how does a kid who only averaged 13 ppg (as this article states)get named AJC Player of the Year? Surely the state of Georgia could do better.

Mike Jay

March 31st, 2010
9:41 am

Ima, There are other aspects to basketball besides scoring points.

13PPG???

March 31st, 2010
9:48 am

that’s all? 13 points a game and he’s almost 6′10?

Billy

March 31st, 2010
10:00 am

Donte, please, please ignore the naysayers. I am looking forward to seeing you at UGA. GO DAWGS!

VernChan

March 31st, 2010
10:07 am

If you are on one of the most talented teams in the state, you will not score 30 points per game. As Mike Jay said, there are other aspects to the game of basketball. Look at Michael Jordan’s college scoring average. Not comparing the kid to MJ but don’t short change his potential.

Matthews Dawg

March 31st, 2010
10:14 am

Just other school’s trying to destroy UGA because they see what Fox is doing and it scares them all! Good luck to Donte and Go Dawgs!!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 31st, 2010
10:16 am

13 point 11 rebounds is nice for HS, I’m sure teams were box in 1 and double teaming him, may show he knows to not force shots. I just don’t know what the 4 points per game is, should that be assist.

Grizzle

March 31st, 2010
10:27 am

SCOUTs rates him a 2 star but says he picked UGA
over the barn!

nickj0321

March 31st, 2010
10:27 am

Matthews Dawg – i wasn’t gonna say anything negative, but wake up…no one is worried about what mark Fox is doing…good luck to this kid though…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 31st, 2010
10:28 am

He is a great athlete. Fox will coach him on how to be a great player. I project that by his soph year he will be averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds a game and Chip Tower will be trying to talk him in to turning pro early. Chip should want the young man to stay in school and get his degree while getting better at his craft but” – Chip is a closet Techie and doesn’t really wish for Fox to succeed.

Davey Boy Smith

March 31st, 2010
10:39 am

If anyone is curious, go look up Javale McGee. He was skinny as a lampost when he got to Nevada-Reno, but had talent and athleticsm similar to Donte’s.

As far as the comments about his scoring averages, Miller Grove had at least 3 kids that were 6′8″ or taller and they had a guard who shot 80% on 3 pointers in the playoffs. They were loaded. Donte’s stats are more than respectable.

By the way, look at Butler’s roster. I think that they have one 3* recruit on their entire team. The way to win in today’s college basketball is to get late-blooming kids who have the potential to get bigger and stronger and play a team game.

As we have seen with Gtu the last decade, one-and-dones are nice on signing day, but don’t do sh*t for building a program.

Gtu’s best teams had a bunch of 3* role players with an NBA player or two sprinkled in.

This is a good signing for UGA. Donte has unlimited potential and he will be tutored by a great coaching staff. 3 years from now, Donte will be 6′9″, 240 lbs and averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Chip Towers

March 31st, 2010
10:59 am

Flo-Ri-Duh!: ???

Captain

March 31st, 2010
11:02 am

This young guy is very similiar in many respects to a young man who recently finished his career at Miss St as the SEC’s all time shot blocker and 2nd nationally. That young man, from West Tenn, had few offers, no big time offers, and was a 2 star prospect. He too was a skinny 6′9 kid coming out of HS, but somehow, someway Jarvis Varnado became a stellar college player who could control the middle, rebound and block/alter shots. Here’s the secret – athleticism, if you have it and play for someone who knows how to coach and develop that talent, the sky is the limit. Mark Fox and his staff can do that, Travis Leslie is proof positive.

J dog

March 31st, 2010
11:22 am

The process has started. Top recruits see that the Georgia program is heading in the right direction. Soon Mark Fox will attract additional talented players from around the state because these young men know he can prepare them for and send them to the NBA. Donte Williams is the first. Congrats to Donte for having the vision to see this. Welcome to the Bulldog Nation Donte!
Go Dawgs!

Tallcarl

March 31st, 2010
11:30 am

I have not yet commented on Mark Fox but if the first season is any indication he will build a very good program at Georgia. His signing one of the top talents in the state is a step toward getting the kids to consider staying in the state to play. We have the talent statewide to compete in any sport.

Joe Terror Shenski

March 31st, 2010
11:37 am

Chip is still drinking the cheapest Ripple on the market.

DAWG05

March 31st, 2010
11:38 am

Congrats Donte! We’re glad to have you and look forward to seeing you wear RED and BLACK! GO DAWGS!

quaildawg

March 31st, 2010
11:40 am

Gotta love the juice Fox is bringing to the Bball team. Can’t wait to see the changes to the Steg and the product on the inside next year will be a great way to christen the new digs!!! Bball Dawgs are poised to make some noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom

March 31st, 2010
11:42 am

How about them DAWGS? Donte rules.

Tom

March 31st, 2010
11:43 am

Leslie dunks another one.

boots

March 31st, 2010
11:48 am

Fox has the Dawgs looking great and we will be building for a strong 2010-11 season. This team is not just on the way up, it is quickly getting there. UGA basketball already runs this state, and we will be a force in the SEC in the coming year. Congrats players and coaches on showing great results and significant progress.

Matt the Brave

March 31st, 2010
11:48 am

Good job kid! Not only have you done something that will guarantee that you will continue to grow as a person, you are going to get a free ride to one of the better schools in the South. If he’s averaging 13 ppg and 4 rebounds, how many assists was he averaging?

Go Jackets!

March 31st, 2010
11:49 am

Georgia is lame in baseball & football & basketball….Hell in basketball they cant even make the nit, in football they get a top class in recruiting the past 10 years & baseball they just suck…..Man you guys will be let down again in football this year and will never ever get great players at uga basketball on a regular basis. Uga sucks….Gooooooo Jackets!!!!! Baseball this year…GT-5 UGA-4…GET USE TO IT.

Todd Holcomb

March 31st, 2010
11:55 am

Miller Grove won Class AAAA without losing a game to a Georgia opponent, and no one on the team scored more than about 13 points per game. It was a great defensive team with college prospects coming off the bench and a front line that goes 6-7, 6-8, 6-9. The best player on a team like that can play in the SEC. Williams is an athletic 6-9 with good upside.

30-24

March 31st, 2010
11:58 am

Hurts…doesn’t it?

brucemac

March 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

Congratulations Donte and welcome to the Fox Train. As if you needed any more reasons, you can see from ignorant Jacket comments here that that is no place for anyone to consider. They get blown out of every game by UGA and still run there mouth like they matter. Too Funny.

DrewDawg

March 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Hopefully my buddy Henry Brooks(rising senior) will do the same. He has enormous potential he is almost a clone of Trey Thompkins!

Flagboy

March 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

Look everybody, there’s a tech FOOL on the board!

Tom

March 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

great news, the kid knows a good coach when he sees one Mark Fox is the real deal, unlike the average coach at the Bees Nest

the snack man

March 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

while he might turn out ok, wonder why some big name
schools were not calling him?

Georgia State/Arkansas State,,well let’s see what happens.
go DAWGS

Michael

March 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

let’s hope Trey stays in town…that’s all I care about right now. Thompkins is the key to getting this program on a winning track

JW

March 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Uh…I believe this is the class of 2010, not 2011.

Marianela

March 31st, 2010
12:23 pm

He said he “saw the academic program” at UGA.

What’s wrong with this picture? :-)

SOUTHSIDE DAWG

March 31st, 2010
12:27 pm

Go jackets
How many CWS champs does Tech have? or When was the last time your baseball team won at the Ted against UGA. UGA’s home away from home against Tech. We own Tech in football, mens bball, womens bball, and baseball. Tech is always overrated in baseball. By end of the year they fall on their face and CHOKE in baseball. King is still running!!!

Cherokee

March 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

Go Jackets! …………….you forgot to mention the butt kicking you got in football and basketball…..now you get use to it….nerd

Marianela

March 31st, 2010
12:29 pm

It just dawned on me that those people on here who think that anyone more than fifty miles from Athens gives a flip about UGA basketball are delusional. Get over it and come back to the real world.

john

March 31st, 2010
12:31 pm

Good story Chip. But scout.com has polee going to USC…

Cherokee

March 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

Marianela ……….I am 250 miles away and care, so I guess your theory was busted or are you a Techie that is still sore about the wippin you got in basketball

Marianela

March 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

One timely reminder to those who push UGA athletics: Jan Kemp (may she rest in peace).

Marianela

March 31st, 2010
12:35 pm

Cherokee, your sins are forgiven by the blessed Sainy Jan.

Coon-Dawg

March 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

Welcome to Athens Donte ! … You’re a proven winner and we need winners! Coach Fox will coach you up and you WILL win at the next level. Good times are coming for Dawgs B-Ball and all the enemies of “Bulldawg Nation” know it. No-one can deny (what we all saw) Coach Fox do this year ! … This man wins …And recruits know it! … It’s that simple !… Go Dawgs !!!

Gary

March 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

Welcome to UGA. For the naysayers – the kid can obviously play basketball and seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Georgia doesn’t need 5 star guys coming over, they just need several team players who can play fundamental basketball. Look at what getting All-American’s has done for GT. A bunch of one and dones are not the answer; putting together a team is and Coach Fox is doing that.

Sweet Home Alabama

March 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

I thought for sure he was headed to UAB.only a 2 star player ,what am i missing.Oh I FORgot its UGA.

DREam bigger Bulldog nation you are starting to be pitiful.

ROLL TIDE ROLL………….

beautiful weekend to show all my Tide Flags off.I WILL be cOMING to Columbus this weekend to show off all four of my flags.

KevinM

March 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

If Coach Fox wants to make a splash, he should head to Milton and get the entire starting lineup. Those kids are the ones that just might head out of state.

Congrats to him getting a AAAA POY; lets see if he can keep the top talent from leaving. He has already missed on Marcus Thornton.

HIGHLANDER DAWG

March 31st, 2010
12:43 pm

IM IN FT. LAUDERDALE AND I WATCH EVERY CRAPPY NET FEED I CAN OF DAWGS GAMES.

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!!

Good Times

March 31st, 2010
12:44 pm

This kid seems to have great character to go along with his skills on the court. This is a great looking signing from where I’m sitting.

Good Times

March 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

Kevin M, those kids at Milton play for David Boyd. They’re more likely to go play for a coach like Calipari since he recruits talent like Boyd does.