The recruitment of Dwayne Polee continues.
The University of Georgia’s No. 1 basketball target for 2010 postponed a scheduled announcement tonight in order to take a closer look at Oregon, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from L.A.’s Westchester High had planned to go public with his final choice at halftime of the “Collision” high school all-star game Saturday night at El Camino College. But the Times’ report said Polee decided before the game to postpone that announcement so he could visit Oregon this week. Multiple media outlets were reporting that the Ducks have reached an agreement with Creighton’s Dana Altman to become their new head coach and Altman apparently has already become involved in Polee’s recruitment.
Earlier this weekend it was reported in New York that Polee, the City Player of the Year in L.A., had narrowed his choices to UGA and St. John’s. He is also considering UNLV and UTEP.
Georgia coach Mark Fox and his staff, who still have many West Coast connections from their days at Nevada, have furiously recruited Polee the last several months.
Polee was committed to Southern Cal as a freshman and his father, Dwayne Polee Sr., remains director of basketball operations for the Trojans. But Polee Jr. decommitted last December after Tim Floyd resigned amid an NCAA investigation at USC. Floyd subsequently recruited Polee at UTEP where he is now head coach. Polee has since eliminated the Miners.
Polee’s father played basketball briefly at UNLV and it was thought Polee might be headed there. But he told the AJC that won’t factor into his decision. “It’s not going to influence whether I go there or not,” he said.
St. John’s was not a factor until Steve Lavin was recently hired as head coach. Lavin, a former UCLA head coach and ESPN analyst, talked Polee into making an official visit last weekend.
Polee averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds a game while leading Westchester to the Division I state championship this past season.