Sherrard Brantley commits to Mark Fox’s Bulldogs (updated)

Sherrard Brantley was named Freshman of the Year for Northwest Florida College, where he averaged 13.7 points and shot 43 percent from 3-point range. (Photo from Northwest Florida College)

Northwest Florida's Sherrard Brantley was named Panhandle Conference Freshman of the Year. He averaged 13.7 points and shot 43 percent from 3-point range. (Photo from Northwest Florida College)

Sherrard Brantley will make official on Friday afternoon what he made unofficial with a Facebook post Thursday night –  he intends to become a Georgia Bulldog.

Brantley, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard at Northwest Florida College, committed to Bulldogs’ coach Mark Fox on Thursday, his junior college coach confirmed. The Dublin High graduate was to make an announcement sometime later on Friday. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at Georgia.

“He’s going to make it official today,” Northwest Florida coach Bruce Stewart said. “He’s a heckuva of player, one of the best I’ve had. Georgia got a good one.”

Georgia recruited Brantley to give them another outside shooter along the lines of senior Ricky McPhee, who is graduating this year. Brantley averaged 13.7 points at Northwest Florida, shooting 43 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. He was named the Panhandle Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

“He was the biggest surprise of our team by far,” Stewart said. “I mean he set a record made 113 3s this year. He was good when he got here but he just blew up as the season went on.”

Stewart said Brantley ended up at junior college only because he was late qualifier and, as a result, did not have any substantial scholarship offers. He led Dublin to the state championship in 2009.

Brantley still hasn’t answer phone calls, texts or emails seeking comment. However, about 11 p.m. Thursday he changed his Facebook status to read: “Sherrard Brantley just committed to the University of Georgia. happy to finally get done with this stuff. thanks to everybody who (sic) keeping up with me.”

When he signs — the spring period does not begin until April 14 — Brantley will become the third member of the Bulldogs’ Class of 2010 and the second new addition this week. Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lithonia’s Miller Grove High School, committed Tuesday night. Cady Lalanne, a 6-foot-9 forward from Orlando, signed with UGA back in November.

Georgia has room to sign at least one other player for 2010 if it chooses. It’s between the Bulldogs, UNLV and New Mexico for swingman Dwayne Polee of Los Angeles.

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Gravy Train

April 2nd, 2010
12:58 am

This is good. It is made better by Travis coming back and hopefully Trey as well. Any word out of the kid from California?

Clint

April 2nd, 2010
1:00 am

Hope he strokes the 3 as well as he did at jc. If he does, nice addition.

Chip Towers

April 2nd, 2010
1:08 am

Gravy Train:No word yet on Dwayne Polee. Will check tomorrow, er, I mean today. Good night.

bwell

April 2nd, 2010
1:18 am

WE are on the rebound great job coach FOX!!!! we love you man, continue the rebuilding……. they will come (recruits)

Adam R

April 2nd, 2010
1:52 am

Chip, that photo is of NWF State point guard and Miss St. commit Brian Bryant. He’s a hell of a player himself. Brantley is No. 2.

Manny

April 2nd, 2010
1:53 am

This is the exact type shooter we need to stretch the defense and open it up underneath for the bigs.
Hoops continues to move forward at a fast pace.

DAWG in Denver

April 2nd, 2010
2:13 am

I was matriculating through the University of Georgia during the coaching tenure of Coach Harrick. (Nobody knew what kind of scoundrel he was at that time) Anyway, I remember standing in line for over and hour to get tickets to watch Georgia beat Tennessee and the game was as much fun as a Saturady tween the hedges. All of the games I went to were like that. With the Stegasaurs upgrade, an excellent coach, a recruiting pool as good as anywhere in the country, all we need is the fan support and the program can take off. In basketball, you don’t have to “build” a program as much as other sports with more players on the field. You can get several good recruits and there you go. So even though I’ll be in Colorado and won’t see any games this year in person, I hope the Dawgs will be playing in front of sellouts this year because the fans just being there affects recruiting in a huge way and helps the team. Go Dawgs!

Pope UGA XXIII

April 2nd, 2010
2:49 am

If this young man is who I think he is, he could flat-out
play while at Dublin High and was a big reason for their AA
state championship in 2009. Believe he had to go to JC due
to low academics, but he should be a more than adequate
for “McThree”. By the way, helluva job, Ricky. Many thanks
for your contributions to Coach Fox’ program.

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FranktheFalcon

April 2nd, 2010
6:31 am

GEORGIA BASKETBALL IS ON THE WAY UP, BABY!!! GOOD JOB COACH FOX!!!

Bulldog38

April 2nd, 2010
7:27 am

I saw this kid play in high school. He can flat out shoot the rock! He has a nice overall game, as well.

Anyone that knows hoops can see what a great coach Mark Fox is. The question that everyone has been asking is, can he keep some of the great basketball talent we have here in Georgia from leaving the state? Well, that is two commitments within the past week from guys that led their teams to state championships in Georgia.

It reminds me a lot of when Florida hired Steve Spurrier to take over their football program. He started getting his fair share of players that had previously been attending FSU and Miami. A great coach just needs talented players to develop and the program will take off.

Mark my words, there is a sleeping giant that is getting ready to awaken in Athens, Georgia.

dawgfan

April 2nd, 2010
7:39 am

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EagleDawg

April 2nd, 2010
7:41 am

Great news. Go Dawgs & Eagles

Dap01

April 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

Fox was a great hire!

Brian F.

April 2nd, 2010
8:41 am

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo EXCITED about UGA Basketball !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kydawg

April 2nd, 2010
8:49 am

Polee would round out a great recruiting class…wouldn’t he??? I think guys are beginning to take notice of the hoops dawgs, thanks to CMF! SEC East…here we come!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

April 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

I get a feeling Fox really knows what he’s doing, pure shooters are huge in NCAA but you want one that has other tools. Nice pickup, good player that will play 3 years and kind of player that will be huge inpact as senior (like Jon Scheyer Duke)

collegeballfan

April 2nd, 2010
8:58 am

Has Fox offered? The player comitted but has Fox offered?

The Guru

April 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

This player = 0 stars per rivals. Chose UGA over Central Michigan, Creighton

Bulldog38

April 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

I am with you Brian F. There are lots of reasons to be excited about UGA basketball.

To answer your rhetorical question, kydawg. Yes, Polee would put the exclamation point on this recruiting class. He reminds me a lot of Joe Johnson when he was at Arkansas. With the exception that he has a better vertical leap than Johnson has ever had!

I don’t think people realize just how good Gerald Robinson is, either. He is the kid that sat out this year after transferring to UGA. He is gonna be a special player. He is by far the best guard on the roster right now. He will start ahead of Dustin Ware at the point this upcoming year. What a great point guard rotation Mark Fox will have for the next couple of years!

NewnanDawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:17 am

Wow! Coach Fox continues to do and say all the right things. I always wait impatiently for football season, but that now applies to basketball as well. I hope Trey stays, because if he does, he will be part of a team that I think will be long remembered as the one that started the tournament run under Coach Fox.

Go Dawgs!

NewnanDawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:23 am

Bulldog38 & Brian F. – couldn’t agree more. On GR Jr., I sit right behind the bench and he is a great team guy as well. I often observed him giving advice to Dustin or Vinny when they came out of the game, showing them ball handling moves, etc. They were always receptive.

Go Dawgs!

Bulldog38

April 2nd, 2010
9:25 am

Hey, The Guru. Just a little FYI…it came down to Georgia and LSU for his services….and if he has zero stars on rivals, then they obviously haven’t seen him play. He has definitely got game. He is more of a shooting/combo guard that is only 6′2″ tall. Which is fine for the college game. However, rivals thinks that a “2″ guard should be at least 6′4″. Just a classic case of don’t believe everything that you read on these recruiting sites.

Sven Ottke

April 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

This pickup came as he chose UGa over Creighton? Roll on, Dogs. Roll on.

AceDawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:50 am

I don’t know if there is any way to confirm if the current recruits will be good or not, but I’d like to think they will make a difference immediately and make UGA a strong program next year. Getting Polee really sounds like our biggest goal though, as he would possibly be good enough to start as a true freshman.

Head Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:52 am

He is the Florida QB’s first cousin; how did we get him away from the gaytors?

lazydawg

April 2nd, 2010
9:58 am

We have a coach that lives and breaths recruiting, there will be a major change at UGA Basketball get your ticket’s now because it will be a very tough seat to get.Keep it up Coach Fox!!

DawginLex

April 2nd, 2010
10:12 am

To all the haters:

One word: Butler

they have proven that the mid major label is a crock.

Get good 4 year kids and coach them up and you can win. You don’t play 7 game series in the tournament. It is a one shot deal where good coaching and good shooting for one night can get you in the winner’s circle.

Coach Fox is that kind of a coach.

Louie

April 2nd, 2010
10:14 am

Well,where do I START.

jackhammer, you out there???????

Bulldog38

April 2nd, 2010
10:18 am

Hey AceDawg, Polee does have the talent to start as a true freshman for most teams. However, he will most likely be Travis Leslie’s backup his first year. He just happens to play the same position as the most athletic freak currently playing the college game.

From what I am hearing, don’t be surprised to see Travis moving from the 3 to the 2 for next year. At 6′4″, that is what he projects to play in the NBA…and under Mark Fox’s tutelage, the chances are pretty good that he will develop into an excellent shooting guard and be a first round pick in next year’s draft.

Our starting five is going to be scary good next year!!

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:19 am

Don’t pay attention to the jealous Yech trolls and they will go away. Lawal and Favors gone to NBA and worst coach in ACC, they can only hope it isn’t what is appears to be in Athens. The Fox Train Commeth.

Bulldog38

April 2nd, 2010
10:24 am

That is assuming, of course, that Thompkins makes the wise choice and comes back for his junior year. He and Leslie are both projected by many experts to be first round draft choices in 2011.

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

Brumac, want to answet some trivia??

Ric Flair

April 2nd, 2010
10:30 am

JUCO players? Huh? Oh well, I guess we can add UGA to the list with Cincinatti, Oklahoma State, Louisville and all those other fine academic schools. “Just win baby”

To be the man, you have to beat the man.

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:31 am

brumac…….

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

Good luck to you Danny. No trivia wiz here. Hope all is well with you and the Tiggers. When is your Spring game?

Can You Dig It

April 2nd, 2010
10:36 am

Rick Flair…you are a pu$$y….What the hell do you know about basketball…obviously a Tech fan…..no class!…. Can You Dig It.

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

ok, here we go. Who was the youngest coach to EVER win a NC in college football ?

I’ll wait for your answer.

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:39 am

You were Danny. Dawgs all time 41 and 17 versus Clemson, no problem here. You still are the man Danny.

BigDawg

April 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

Hey if we can’t recruit a kid that can legitimately enroll as a freshman…let’s go after the special ed kids at the junior colleges!!! We can give them Harrick, Jr’s final exam to keep them eligible! And hey…you don’t have to read or write to shoot the ball or tackle (for football)!!!

Keep it up DAWGS!!! GET those RETARDS!!!

DUH!

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:41 am

Danny, you learned from the best. Unfortunately you learned a few things too many from the Old Bear, huh?

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:42 am

I thought you knew the answer.
Ask V.D. who he hated to play more than anyone, thats one reason you don’t play us EVERY year now.

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

CHOOOOOOOOO CHOOOOOOOOOO BigDawg and all your other Yech Trolls!!!!!

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

now excuse me while I go pull a cow….

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:44 am

later………………….

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:45 am

Sorry Danny, that revisionist history you float is getting stale. Why would we hate to play an easy ACC team that we own. Try something that makes sence my good man.

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

who wanted out? Look it up. V.D. said ” our schedule is TOO tough to play Clemson every year.

THATS WHY IT WAS STOPPED!!

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:51 am

GOODBYE………..

brucemac

April 2nd, 2010
10:52 am

We stopped because we didn’t want a home and home series with Clemson when they suck. We preferred to make the money off teams at home that were second tier like Clemson. Sorry you didn’t rate.

Danny Ford

April 2nd, 2010
10:52 am

I’ll check that IQ again when I see you……………