UGA target Dwayne Polee postpones announcement

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.

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gt baseball is the king of chokes

April 24th, 2010
11:43 pm

Hmm...

April 24th, 2010
11:51 pm

I would love to see him playing for the Bulldogs but I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a self-promotion thing where it drags on and on. Watching his highlights, him and Leslie could make Sportscenter quite often w/ their dunks. Go DAWGS…GATA!!!!

Michael

April 25th, 2010
12:01 am

Hopefully he’ll come to Georgia, even if he did though, I hope he wouldn’t be one of those “one and done” players

Tdawg

April 25th, 2010
12:24 am

Oh no here we go again. Once and for. When will these kids learn that they are suppose to commit to the school, not the coach? Kid, if you didn’t like Oregon before then why do you all of a sudden like them now? Did this new coach make you a better offer than their last coach. I just wish the NCAA would put an end to all this BS and give these prima donna’s a predetermined date to choose a school. You can’t sign before said date and what’s more you can not make any announcements as to whom your favorite schools are. The only time they should be able to open their mouth about any school is after they sign on the dotted line.

The kid ain’t coming to Georgia, if he were then he would not have had to make another trip to some other school. I say forget him. Concentrate on the Georgia kid.

seahawk

April 25th, 2010
12:50 am

Dwayne, if you’re listening – bring it to Athens. We’d have a helluva team with you!

bball dawg

April 25th, 2010
4:09 am

@ yellowskeeters ….some fan you are

Sane Dawg

April 25th, 2010
4:30 am

Football, by no means, is all that matters. This kid isn’t coming. Fox will continue to build though and we should be proud of his efforts. If we can keep him (Fox), in 2 years we will be competing for the SEC title.

Douglas

April 25th, 2010
6:14 am

Doesn’t sound like a team player to me…sounds like a very self-centered person who just wants his ego fed.

Brian F.

April 25th, 2010
7:18 am

Mark Fox has got to be disgusted. He has worked feverishly to recruit this kid. I thought we had an excellent chance of landing this guy. Not nearly as confident now. What a shame. Oh well, time to move on. Mark Fox will build a top 20 team with or without Dwayne Polee. He definitely would help to speed up the process though. Maybe there is still a glimmer of hope that he will sign with us.

Gator FAN

April 25th, 2010
7:22 am

Tdawg – you obviously do not get it!!! These players – and most athletes in all sports – committ to the COACH and the SCHOOL. But it is the COACH that is the major influence.

Think about it – you are an Elite player – that wants to improve his skills – play against challangeng competition – develop into a player that can take it to the next level.

Don”t you think the most important part of the recruiting process will be to study the coaching staff – their history of success – how has his teams and the players achieved under their guidance and leadership???? Coaching, my friend – it the MAJOR reason why a kid commits to a school.

That is why it is imperative for schools to hire TOP notch coaches!

Dawg man

April 25th, 2010
7:59 am

If he’s a thug, he’ll wind up a “dawg”

wiley

April 25th, 2010
8:27 am

Your right they choked your team by 19 runs…at Foley field! We are 33-6 right now…where are the dogs at?

4 ncs are better than 1

April 25th, 2010
8:52 am

Polee, please come to Athens where you can finish in last place EVERY year, watch the NCAA tourney from the comfort of your dorm room, and learn on your exams how many points three pointers are worth!!!!!!!!!!!!

Redstormfan

April 25th, 2010
10:17 am

The fact is that Polee was about to announce for St. John’s till Oregon (Nike Money and new Stadium) came in.

Dixie Clear

April 25th, 2010
10:51 am

uga has a basketball team??

UNLV Rebel Fan

April 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Polee will be a great get for whichever program he commits to. I was hoping for an early commit from him but he’s allowed 5 official visits and with all the late interest, who could blame him for at least taking the trip. I’m not sure what kind of socio-economic background he comes from so being courted like he currently is may be just what the doctor ordered before he makes the jump to D-1 basketball. Though UNLV still has work to do, most of the other schools that are courting him are re-building, so-to-speak. Polee may want immediate playing time in great amounts and so UNLV may not be the best fit for him because of all the talent returning next year. Coach Kruger has an 11-man rotation that Polee would probably find a place in but if he wants to be ‘the guy’ it’s not going to happen that quickly at UNLV.

UNLV Rebel Fan

April 25th, 2010
12:16 pm

Here’s a post to a recent article on Polee from the Las Vegas Sun:
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/apr/24/polee-042410/

Bulldog59

April 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

Tdawg, Gator FAN is correct, at least for basketball. While in football, many other factors are more prevalent, including recent past performance of the team, the facilities, educational opportunites (yes, some kids actually evaluate that,) the campus, etc., the coaching staff is VERY important in football. Although there are programs, i.e. Auburn, who are selling the overall program at this point. Chizik will be a good coach for them, but players didn’t commit b/c of what he accomplished in 2009. They committed b/c of the way Trooper Taylor and other coaches sold them the program.

As for basketball, total agreement with Gator FAN. The coach makes the difference to the player. It’s a small group of players that will interact with that coach A LOT over the next 2 to 4 years. They want someone to teach them the game, guide them thru school, and many of the top players expect to be prepared for at least a shot at the NBA. Fox’s demeanor, and his use of the triangle offense, make UGA very attractive to recruits.

Fox has been down this road many times, last minute stuttering by top recruits. He’ll stick with it and try to land our guys.

UGASlobberknocker

April 25th, 2010
5:56 pm

Even being in the conversation about a nationally prominent player is a step in the right direction for the Dogs. Although his school choices apparantly did not include the upper crust (Duke,Ky,etc.) but given the Dogs standing in the college bask world..we’ll dang sure take him.

catsfly

April 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

Hypothetically, if Cox could win at UGa, would he stay there if offered a job, say at Michigan, Arizona, UCLA, etc?

Joke of a Program

April 25th, 2010
9:33 pm

I didn’t know ThUGA even had a b-ball program after what happened under Harrick. With UK, UF, and UT in the SEC, have fun at least competing to be middle of the pack. How is the Georgia baseball team doing? And what bowl game was the football team in? May be time to think about some serious changes in Athens. Especially since that school in sunny Florida continues to fill the trophy case.

Tdawg

April 25th, 2010
10:14 pm

Bulldog 59 and Gator Fan, I promise you I get it. It is called being a whiny, crying, look at me every body bunch of prima donnas that has been coming out of high school these past 10 to 15 years. I’ve been participating and observing high school and college sports of all types for over 40 years. I get that they (especially BB players) build a special repertoire with some of these coaches. What was Poole’s excuse? He obviously hasn’t found that special coach yet. Got a unique idea kid. Just pick the school that you like best.

Point of fact. If you’re good enough I don’t care who your college coach is, then you will end up in the NBA.

I don’t care if the head coach at the UGA was Satan himself. If the dawgs offer, I’m there. I wouldn’t rule Tech out either. Got a sneaky feeling that Gator Fan would also go to the U of Florida no matter who their coach was either.

Yea guy’s I know all to well how it works. Ask last year’s Tennessee recruiting class what they think about choosing a coach instead of a school. Shoot for that fact ask Memphis what they think? If they would have chosen a school instead of a coach they wouldn’t be in that mess.

RhinoDawg

April 25th, 2010
10:22 pm

Polee, GO TO OREGON. They have a new arena. They have 300 different uniform combinations. The sheep are EASY, and when you graduate you can work at the MILL. They even pay for half your health insurance and pulling the green chain will make you STRONG. OREGON. GO TO ORYGUN. medical marijuana is legal! OR-Y-GUN!!!

Lt. Drebin

April 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

Once St. Johns and that slimeball Steve Lavin entered the picture, it makes it tougher for UGA. Lavin learned all his tricks from our old slimeball Jim Harrick.

KevinM

April 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

The kid probably wants a guarantee of a starting job. He comes here and competes with Leslie for PT or perhaps plays alongside.
IMO, it would be tough to come here when compared to the other programs he is considering.

Upstate Dawg

April 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

As others have said, it’s great to even be in the conversation about where this guy goes. With him or not, UGA hoops is on its way up. NCAA Tournaments and more victories over Florida, Tennessee, and Ga Tech will be coming our way–don’t forget: our “mediocre team” this year already beat these guys.

Deena

April 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

As a public service, it would be a big help if the AJC would have a UGA arrest alert on the front page so that even if you were in a hurry, you could keep up with the latest arrests of players.

There are so many arrests of thug players that it’s hard to keep up.

gene limongelli

April 28th, 2010
11:44 am

POLEE AND KADEEM JACK WILL ANNOUNCE TODAY THAT THEY ARE COMING TO
SJU,AND NEXT YEAR TALYOR OF BOYS & GIRLS HIGHT IS A SJU LOCK.