Shooting star Brantley hopes to keep rising at UGA

NOTE TO READERS: I apologize but there will be no “Ten at 10″ Thursday. I am having to take a short medical leave for the rest of this week (nothing serious, just something I’ve been needing to take care of for a while). So like last week when I was out of the loop, AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell will be keeping an eye on all things recruiting. Check his Prep Zone Blog daily for updates. I anticipate everything getting back to normal and providing multiple daily updates next week.

Great shooters are either born or made. Sherrard Brantley likes to think he’s a little of both.

Brantley first felt the thrill of the swish as 4-year-old growing up in Dublin. His father was a big basketball fan and, as long as Brantley can remember, there was a goal in the backyard.

“Ever since he taught me how to hold a basketball that’s how long I’ve been shooting it,” Brantley said.

And he kept shooting and shooting and shooting.

Eventually Brantley helped shoot Dublin High to the state championship and he shot himself into Panhandle Conference freshman of the year honors this past season at Northwest Florida College. now Brantley hopes to shoot himself into the lineup at the University of Georgia.

The 6-foot-2 guard signed a letter-of-intent with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Also signing with UGA on Wednesday was Miller Grove’s 6-9 forward Donte Williams, the Class AAAA player of the year. They join Cady Lalanne of Orlando in the Bulldogs’ class of 2010.

A late qualifier, Brantley did not garner a lot of recruiting notice his senior year at Dublin. But after making 113 3-pointers and shooting 43.7 percent in his first season at NWF major colleges came calling. Brantley chose the Bulldogs over LSU and Creighton, among several others.

“It kind of came natural for me but, I mean, I put a lot of work into it, too,” Brantley said. “Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was go outside and shoot the basketball. I’d shoot outside all times of the day and night, shoot in the gym every chance I could,. Just playing a lot.  I just try to put up a lot of shots and practice whenever I can.”

That’s one of the things Brantley said he likes about Georgia’s situation with its practice facility. It has a key-code and fingerprint security system that allows players to use the gym to work on their games as much as they like.

“It stays open all day and all night,” he said. “I’ll probably just stay in there now.”

Brantley said he feels relaxed and confident now that the recruiting process is officially over for him. He did not make a big production of his signing nor do any special celebrating after it was over.

“I just got up, went to eat breakfast and went in to [the basketball office] to sign my letter,” he said.

And then, of course, put up some shots.

33 comments Add your comment

martin

April 14th, 2010
10:13 pm

Welcome to UGA, with Fox’s coaching, this guy could be great. Go Dawgs!

martin

April 14th, 2010
10:13 pm

oh wow, I was first!

Whopper Dawg

April 14th, 2010
10:36 pm

Looking forward to watching you fill it up!!!!

Frank

April 14th, 2010
11:11 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Sherrard. You are beginning the absolutely best years of your life. Best of luck & study hard.

THWGT!!!!!

Sven Ottke

April 14th, 2010
11:20 pm

Chip, can these guys pitch? Cause UGa could sure use them if so. 25 runs on 25 hits and 14 walks? Good grief, that’s awful.

BullDawgBred

April 15th, 2010
7:55 am

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Sherrard. Fill up the net baby! Go DAWGS!!! Great job Coach Fox!

Bryan

April 15th, 2010
9:16 am

I am loving it. The Fox Trot is on!!! This guy is such a great coach. We were a lot better than our record indicated. This guy is bringing in great players combined with a great scheme. The hardwood dawgs better get used to playing in front of a packed house, baby!!!!! Welcome aboard Mr. Brantley.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 15th, 2010
9:29 am

Reminds me of Larry Bird – He stayed in the gym 24 hrs working on his shots

Russ4Heisman

April 15th, 2010
10:02 am

Welcome to UGA Mr. Brantley! I am sure your skills will be put to good use!

AceDawg

April 15th, 2010
10:05 am

Good luck – push the Dawgs hard and expect big things. This could be the start of a strong program at UGA.

NewnanDawg

April 15th, 2010
10:15 am

Looks like Fox is really building the program quickly. If we can add Thornton as well, expect a lot more sellouts and ESPN highlights. It’s going to be a fun year.

Go Dawgs!

Chris

April 15th, 2010
10:29 am

First off, thank you for all you do Mr Towers. Hope your recovery goes well. Secondly, Fox looks to be off to a good start. Hope he can continue the success.

harold

April 15th, 2010
10:52 am

WHY EVEN CONSIDER PLAYING FOR A SCHOOL THAT ISN’T COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL AT ALL. I WOULD GO TO A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM LIKE BRUCE PEARL AND TENNESSEE. THE VOLS AND CATS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BASKETBALL.

The D

April 15th, 2010
11:03 am

Come look at our practice facility harold, and tell me were not committed. Just wait, when Fox get’s his hands on these recruits great things will happen.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 15th, 2010
11:11 am

Fox hasn’t signed any “Favors” so maybe thse guys will stay around long enough to form a team – which is missing at Tech.

Adoph Rupp

April 15th, 2010
11:32 am

Harold, first off- stop screaming. Second, you are delusional if you think the Vols are even remotely close to same class as the Cats. It’s kind of like comparing Tennessee whiskey to Kentucky bourbon- the former is a pretenter and the latter is the real deal.

atHarold

April 15th, 2010
12:58 pm

Stay off this site, buster!!! This is a state of Georgia run website. People from other confederate states aren’t allowed to post on the AJC. It’s all about the Georgia schools and the Georgia athletes!!! Promote your feminine colored teams some place else. We all know you can’t win without Georgia-bred, Georgia-trained talent. Create your own athletes in TN!

Go Jackets!

April 15th, 2010
1:09 pm

Look georgia basketball is erelevent, just like that 25-6 whippin the yellow jackets put on your puppies last night in baseball. But hey, look to the bright side puppies, football is just around the corner. I know it’s been a lonely lonely wait for football season around redneckville athens. Good luck dorks!!!

Go Jackets!

April 15th, 2010
1:10 pm

Irrelevent…sorry

Go Jackets!

April 15th, 2010
1:10 pm

((((25-6))))

Go Jackets!

April 15th, 2010
1:11 pm

UGA SUCKS AS A ALL AROUND ATHLETIC PROGRAM, SUCK IN BASEBALL, SUCK IN BASKETBALL, JUST AVG. IN FOOTBALL AND DO HAVE A GOOD GYMNASTICS TEAM…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Go Jackets!

April 15th, 2010
1:12 pm

HAVE FUN IN THE STICKS THIS YEAR REDNECKS

Gillislee

April 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

Brantley? Get used to that name, John Brantley is going to light up Grantham’s defense for the next 2 years.

Woof

April 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

Welcome to Bulldawg Nation. You will soon learn all about binge drinking, spooning, assauting your girlfriends, how much a three point basket is worth, how the fryer at McDonald’s works, the proper way to rape farm animals, and where you can pickup your worthtless degree. Go Dawgs! Woof, woof.

David

April 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Couple words to Go Jackets! I been to Georgia Tech, and if you see want I saw down there then you might move to the sticks, too. It is not safe, and think God I hope no one at Tech gets shot or murder coming home from classes. I lived in this city for fourty plus years, and when I visit other cities they talk about how bad the Techwood Georgia Tech neighborhood is!

As for athletics, want come around go around!!! However, I do not see Georgia Tech winning any national championships lately, not like Alabama or Florida. They could not beat those corn eater rednecks from Iowa in a major bowl game!!!

jasont13

April 15th, 2010
3:55 pm

Go Jackets, you were beaten at football, basketball (mens and womens teams) and softball this year. So what if Tech has beaten UGA in baseball twice this year. I’m going to act like a typical Tech football fan. How many National Titles in baseball does Tech have???? Better yet how many times has Tech choked in Omaha??????

STRETCH

April 16th, 2010
2:43 am

If he’s anything like my 1st cousin(who happens to be his dad), and sign another shooter, then UGA is gonna cause some match-up problems for most teams in the SEC!

GO Jackets

April 16th, 2010
11:03 am

Athens, “the sticks”? You are a moron. Lovely campus, lovely babes, lovely class room facilities, lovely golf courses, lovely Lake Laniier and L. Oconee very close by and lovely careers that result from attending lovely UGA.

You sir are an obamaron.

Go Dogs

boohoo!!!!

April 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

lol!!!!! now the tools are trying to pretend to care about their baseball team? It just so happens to be the most overrated program in all the nation. Year in and year out, they are a top 5 team only to end every single season with the usual disappointment.

lix

April 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

“Look georgia basketball is erelevent, just like that 25-6 whippin the yellow jackets put on your puppies last night in baseball.”

erelevent? Yep, definitely a Yech fan.

NC Dawg

April 17th, 2010
8:12 am

Irrelevant? Well since we beat you in hoops, what does that make Tech? Pathetic might describe it best.

harold

April 17th, 2010
1:12 pm

GEORGIA JUST ISN’T COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL AT ALL. TENNESSEE FLORIDA AND KENTUCKY ARE.BRUCE PEARL IS AN INCREDIBLE COACH WITH SENSATIONAL FACILITIES.

BigGAdawg

April 19th, 2010
1:44 am

harold, you might have been right in the past, and I am sure you want that to be true, but it no longer is the case. When Mark Fox came to town, UGA got serious and committed to basketball. We now have a coach who is as good at spotting and recruiting talent as he is at coaching UP the talent he has. A Mark Fox team will always be over-prepared, highly motivated, and will go into every game KNOWING they have a shot at winning. They were in virtually every game this season in the final minutes, and they had some impressive wins. Look for that to continue and grow.

It is OK for you to be nervous about the future, you should be. Coach Fox is at the beginning of a long, and soon to be prosperous, run in Athens. He gets to build his own dynasty.

We will see you next year.