UGA target Dwayne Polee to make choice Saturday (updated)

Dwayne Polee, Georgia’s most coveted basketball recruit this year, is planning to make an announcement Saturday night, according to several published reports.

Polee, a 6-foot-7 wing player from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, is going to choose between Georgia, UNLV, Oregon and St. John’s. The L.A. City Player of the Year will make the his announcement at halftime of a high school all-star game at El Camino College Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Las Vegas Sun is also reporting it.

Rivals.com is reporting it’s now between Georgia and St. Johns, but Polee would not confirm that in a telephone conversation with the AJC Friday afternoon. He would not offer a hint between the four.

“They’re all good basketball schools that are going to help you get to the next level,” Polee said.

Adam Zagoria, who covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com, wrote in his blog that Polee told him in a text message it is between “St. John’s and UGA.”

The Red Storm came into the picture late thanks to new coach Steve Lavin, a former UCLA head coach and ESPN analyst. Polee made a surprise visit to St. John’s last week.

Polee’s father, Dwayne Polee Sr., attended UNLV for one year. Oregon, which has struggled in recent years, is currently searching for a basketball coach.

Polee recently eliminated UTEP, which is coached by Tim Floyd. Floyd was coach at Southern Cal when Polee committed there before his junior season. Polee de-committed after Floyd left amid an NCAA investigation.

Georgia coach Mark Fox has recruited Polee hard, flying out to Los Angeles at every opportunity, including immediately after the SEC Tournament. Polee made an official visit to Athens in February.

“I like it there,” he said of Georgia. “I just figured it’s kind of a small school away from home where I’d be able to focus on school and basketball.”

He also likes the Bulldogs’ triangle offense, which creates cut lanes for wing players such as Travis Leslie and his highlight reel dunks. Polee is considered one of the premier high school dunkers in America (see videos below).

“It’s getting up and down [the floor]; that’s my thing,” Polee said.

Polee averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds a game while leading Westchester (32-3) to the state championship last season.

Here’s some highlight videos, first from junior season, second from AAU (including footage from the annual Peach Jam in Augusta):

46 comments Add your comment

kauai dawg

April 23rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Polee would be a GREAT DAWG! Come where you can continue to make a name for yourself. Go DAWGS!

kauai dawg

April 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm

He has a little “Nique” to his game. Another human highlite film in the making? Go DAWGS!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Polee will obviously play as a freshman if he goes to UGA…. a good reason to sign he dotted line.

nickz

April 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

He’s coming to Athens! Playing right away with Thompkins and Leslie (2 potential lottery picks next year)…it could be a special year in the Athens!

Plus St. John’s smells funny…

if this kid comes..

April 23rd, 2010
1:10 pm

we would have him, trey, travis, that junior college kid, and a couple of other recruits that will probably play b/c we are so thin. yea c’mon

gomdawg

April 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

UGA basketball program is on the rise ,Coach Fox is a great coach SO I can see this young man making it big at GEORGIA. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CHOICE I hope its Georgia,

Tale of Woe

April 23rd, 2010
1:35 pm

There is plenty of talent in Georgia…Recruit locally….

brucemac

April 23rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Wow, he has game and he doesn’t even have to change uniform look much. Mr. Polee is going to look very good in Red and Black. Go Dawgs. Chooooo Choooooo!!!!!

Dap

April 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm

He would fit nicely in the lineup with Thompkins and Leslie.

Fox will outcoach anyone.

No One Knows You're a Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Come to Georgia DP! Polee and Thornton-the next Leslie and Thompkins!

Dixie Clear

April 23rd, 2010
2:00 pm

ga has a basketball team??

gez

April 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

I like Coach Fox, but I don’t think he’s quite able to land the big boys yet. Give him a couple of more years.

lake

April 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Dixie Clear,

Yes they do. They actually beat your bugs literally every other year.

SoSorry

April 23rd, 2010
2:13 pm

So Sorry to report, but Lavin has this one in the bag… Gonna hurt having recruited Polee for the past year only to see SJU come in and swipe him up last minute…. Oh well, at least you have the Braves…

JB

April 23rd, 2010
2:17 pm

We would definitely be one of the teams to beat, in the SEC, if he commits.

HBTD!!!

Johnnie

April 23rd, 2010
2:37 pm

Sorry dawgs. Polee had a great visit last weekend and loved the Garden. By tomorrow night, he’ll be a Johnnie.

MB

April 23rd, 2010
2:40 pm

St. John’s talked someone into taking that job???

Tdawg

April 23rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Tale of Woe unfortunately these bunch of high school ingrates in Georgia would rather build up other programs before helping the state schools. That pretty much shows that they don’t give a damn about the people who actually cheer them on during their high school years. Don’t know what it is with Georgia high school BB players. They show no loyalty what-so-ever.

SD

April 23rd, 2010
2:53 pm

yea, MB, you should learn his name since he’s taking the recruit you’ve been on for a year, in two weeks ;)

Jim in Ga

April 23rd, 2010
2:54 pm

Tale of Woe, by the time Fox took the job most of GA was already committed to other schools. If he doesn’t land in for the class of 2011 then you can start to worry.

GT Bball Fan

April 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

lake – you only started winning games every other year after this game was moved On-Campus. We own you at neutral sites. Below .500 is right wear GA BBall belongs! No NCAA no NIT, just the same lame wait till next year whining. Fox will get you over .500 in two years and leave for a much better job (Conf USA or Big East).

LOOKING TO 2010...

April 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

I believe CMF stands a better chance of grooming young Polee into NBA material. If he wants to go high in the draft at the next level he’s better off at UGA. He’d probably play in the NBA anyway, but CMF is a master at developing young players. Be smart. Be a DAWG!

MikeP

April 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Meanwhile Auburn’s new basketball coach, Tony Barbee, landed the top player in Alabama yesterday after only a few days on the job. Y’all will get to know him quite well as he will skim the cream off the top in Georgia as well as Alabama over the next several years.

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Tim

April 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Would love to land Polee, but see him ending up at St Johns. Who knows though… Adding him, and potentially Marcus, would be one heck of a first “real” class for Fox.

longtimedawgfan

April 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

until our BB program proves that it can win, we are left with to hope that high-quality recruits will perceive our future to be much brighter than previously shown

HA HA HA - GT BBALL FAN

April 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

What a joke…got to go back to the neutral site crap. Just like a Tech nerd. Can’t argue about this season goes way back.

How about we own you in FB and BB!! 8 out of 9 and counting.

Go Dawgs!!!

Robert

April 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

This guy and Travis Leslie would be exciting to watch. Great looking athlete.

Monticello Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Almost guaranteed- if the subject is UGA basketball, someone comes on saying Mark Fox will leave the Dogs. I have some bad news for you- Fox is going to be in Athens for awhile. Great university, topflight college town, flagship university of a state oozing basketball talent, abundance of bluechip recruits within an hour or two of Athens- why would he leave? Now for Georgia fans, the news is good- get ready for annual visits to the dance.

GoDawgs

April 23rd, 2010
4:30 pm

He can dunk, but can he shoot the rock?

D Costa

April 23rd, 2010
4:49 pm

Hey GoDawgs,

Don’t forget, that’s EXACTLY what they said about Leslie when he was coming out of high school. Fox can develop his game. The athletic ability is what you can’t teach.

shane

April 23rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Meanwhile Auburn’s new basketball coach, Tony Barbee,

The cow college has a basketball team?

matt

April 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

Uhhhhh UGA, small? Focus on school? Has he even visited Athens? Not a small school, and way too many hotties to get much work done.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

April 23rd, 2010
8:01 pm

IF Fox can get Polee UGA will challenge UK for 1st in the SEC East next year.

thetruthhurts

April 23rd, 2010
8:15 pm

And according to this kid, I suppose John Holmes was small as well?

pollywannacracker, noreallyshedo

April 23rd, 2010
9:06 pm

I’m still baffled on why people still choose to come on this site for no other reason than to bash UGA, anything, whether it’s baseball, football, soccer etc…. I was on the Gainesville site (links from ESPN) and read some of the comments & there were no UGA supporters there bashing Gator fans, just Gator fans commenting on the state of the Gators. People I’m really trying to understand this vile hate w/ everything UGA. I more than had my issues with some things as a student there (such as white folks thinking all black students were either let in on an athletic scholarship or let in by affirmative action & taking the spots of “smarter” white folks who were better qualified but UGA had to meet a certain quota…..by the way that was hogwash. I digress, I’m still trying to overstand (not understand) what brings others on this site to kill UGA. The subject can be UK is coming after a GA player & a Florida fans says UK sucks then the UK person bashes UGA fans for when a gator or Alabama fan took the shot. I just wanted to vent. I love the state of GA, even run by crooked, undisciplined goons w/ money management issues from the governor on down to most mayors & city officials, I’m in Texas now but root for the Atl teams & UGA to do well. Don’t care for other schools but figure everyone has their day but all this wishing UGA would just roll over & die, ain’t gone happen, now go back to the Tuscaloosa Times, Gainesville Softcocks or Kentucky Klan or whatever your paper is & take that hate & disgust for UGA & change it to love & excitement for your school. Peace to the sane individuals & wake up & take back this country before it’s too late & it’s almost too late.

collegeballfan

April 24th, 2010
9:52 am

“I like it there,” he said of Georgia. “I just figured it’s kind of a small school…”

UGA a small school? Did he wear blinders on his visit? Fox needs to tell him to go to St Johns.

Pope UGA XXIII

April 24th, 2010
11:23 am

Why was Steve Lavin dismissed from UCLA ? Probably swiped
too much “Slick-back-doo” from the corner drug store. We might
lose this youngster to St Johns, but the basketball program will
continue to improve in Athens. And when did St Johns last have a
competitive program ? Believe it was when a guy named Lou-ie
Carnesecca was coaching and they were called the Redmen.
O-o-o-p-s >> not a politically correct nickname, sorry.

RxDawg

April 24th, 2010
12:47 pm

Cool, I’m not used to the Dawgs being in the hunt for such a prolific basketball player. Even if he comes to UGA, he’ll probably only be here for a year as college basketball has turned into a farm league for the elite high school players going to the NBA.

MisterT

April 24th, 2010
3:01 pm

“They’re all good basketball schools…,” Polee said.

About Georgia, UNLV, Oregon and St. John’s? How old is this guy?

Was he even born when these school’s were last “good basketball schools”?

Athenzdawg

April 24th, 2010
4:22 pm

any news on this kid yet?

Mark

April 24th, 2010
10:07 pm

DaddyRich

April 24th, 2010
11:00 pm

Geez what a prima donna!

Bride of Chucky Knapp

April 26th, 2010
9:44 am

I don’t get it either, Polly. I don’t even care enough about other teams to go on their boards and insult them. Why belittle a team you want to beat? If a team “sucks” then beating them on the field should mean very little. I would rather beat a team I know to be good.

[...] with extreme athleticism, Polee has become a wanted man. Instead of announcing his college choice last Saturday, he is waiting to visit the University of Oregon this Friday and the Ducks’ new coach, Dana [...]

[...] with extreme athleticism, Polee has become a wanted man. Instead of announcing his college choice last Saturday, he is waiting to visit the University of Oregon this Friday and the Ducks’ new coach, Dana [...]