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):