Georgia gets fourth commitment from forward from Connecticut

With the sting of its NCAA Tournament first-round loss still fresh, the Georgia Bulldogs found a little relief by landing a fourth member for its 2011 recruiting class.

Nemanja Djurisic (pronounced neh-MON-juh jerr-REE-sic), a 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from South Kent, Conn., by way of Southeast Europe, committed to the Bulldogs late Sunday evening. He will sign with UGA when the national signing period begins in mid-April.

Djurisic chose Georgia over a laundry list of offers, including closest runners up N.C. State, Utah, Arizona State, Kansas State, Minnesota and Texas.

“I like him because he’s very sound and cerebral,” said Dave Telep, senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. “He’s a tough and intelligent basketball player. He has a little Matt Howard in him.”

Howard is the 6-8 forward who has been starring for Butler in its latest NCAA Tournament run. Georgia believes Djurisic can have the same impact.

Djurisic is “a typical European,” according to South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson. “He’s very, very skilled; can score either facing the basket, shooting the 3 or with his back to the basket. Great passer, great IQ.”

Djurisic said coach Mark Fox talked to him about being able help Georgia by giving it the threat of the outside shot when the Bulldogs’ forwards pop out to the top the key in the triangle offense. Trey Thompkins, a junior who may turn pro after this season, occasionally did that to great effect.

“Out of everything I liked about Georgia that was probably the biggest thing,” said Djurisic, who said he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game as a high school senior this past season.  “I think they can use someone like me. That’s what I heard from Coach Fox. He said, ‘we need a skilled guy who can shoot and give us an inside-outside presence on the floor.’ I think I can help them that way.”

Djurisic is from Podgorica, Montenegro, and speaks Serbian and English fluently. He said he came to the U.S. from Europe two years ago with the express purpose of honing his game for American basketball.

“That’s why I went to South Kent, to adjust to this game,” Djurisic said. “They helped me a lot, not just in basketball but in life.”

Georgia has been on Djurisic for a while. He said he first met the Bulldogs’ coaches during a tournament last November and they had stayed in touch ever since. Djurisic went on an unofficial visit to UGA the second week of March “and really liked what I saw. They have everything that I need.”

Djurisic said he seriously considered both N.C. State and Utah but those programs fired their coaches. He liked the stability Georgia offered and said he really hit it off with Fox.

Djurisic gets a 3-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com and is rated as the No. 62 power forward in the nation by ESPN.com.

When he signs next month, Djurisic will join three other signees who inked during the early signing period in November: 6-6 guard guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville, a five-star prospect; 6-10 center Tim Dixon of Oldsmar, Fla.; and 7-foot center John Florveus of Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

56 comments Add your comment

Hurt Kurbstreit

March 21st, 2011
12:35 am

First? Looks like Fox is also a good recruiter.

toccoadawg

March 21st, 2011
1:09 am

Looks like Coach Fox is building a BIG team

Red Dog 77

March 21st, 2011
1:37 am

Wow! Looks like we are getting some big dudes for the hoop ball team…….mabe we should fatten-up that 7footer and add him to our tightend stable on the footbal team…….Great job coach Fox! keep-up the good work!………GO DOGS!!!!

tony

March 21st, 2011
4:22 am

I couldn’t get a good read on this young man from an offensive standpoint due to the ball hoggers. However, I like his basketball skills, his confidence, and his physical ability. He doesn’t force shots, terrific passer, nice shooting form, unselfish, good footwork, teamplayer, good FT shooter, decent rebounder, good defender and he’s fundamentally sound. All are true. He just need to be more aggressive on offense. Welcome aboard Nemanja Djurisic.

Gary

March 21st, 2011
4:53 am

COACH FOX GREAT RECRIUT ,NOW YOU NEED TO RECRUIT A POINT GUARD FOR THE FUTURE,SKILLED AT SHOOTING,GOOD AT DEFENDING,GREAT LEADER ,CLEARLY BETTER SHOOTING ,AND A POINT GUARD WITH THE SKILL LEVEL OF WASHINTON ‘S THOMAS WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE NCAA’S,NOT TAKING ANYTHING FROM THE TWO GUARDS YOU HAVE,GUARD PLAY IS BIG IN THE NCAA’S,.

Gordon

March 21st, 2011
6:16 am

Chip,
is there other recruits you see coming our way ?

Saban

March 21st, 2011
6:40 am

Boise State 50, Dawgs 8

David

March 21st, 2011
6:46 am

Saban you are out of your mind!!!!!

Morgan

March 21st, 2011
6:57 am

Does anyone think Tompkins or Price will stay? Without them, could we even make the NIT with these new guys, albeit, star recruits? How can Richmond, Butler, etc, be so successfull and a program like Georgia not be so??

cdog

March 21st, 2011
6:58 am

leslie and thompkins needs to wait another year.the bulldogs will be awesome next season.final four definitely.with the addition of jay rhome and nick marshall, the dogs will be hard to beat.trey and travis should be realistic.both are not ready for the NBA yet.

Winfield J. Abbe

March 21st, 2011
8:01 am

Here is a book everyone should read: “Behind the Hedges Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia” by Rich Whitt, New South Books, Birmingham, 2009. The late author is a Pulitzer Prize winner. The chapter “The Kaswan Imbroglio” describes how professor Dr. Renee Kaswan, D.V.M., who invented a billion dollar drug for dry eye, was harassed and treated like garbage by Adams and his henchmen at UGA. The professional sports entertainment has no place on campus and should be moved off campus. What do they want to be there for anyway? This is fixed sports entertainment business which has nothing to do with higher education.
Anyone thinking of coming to UGA: Read this book and don’t do it.

Joey

March 21st, 2011
8:10 am

“The late author is a Pulitzer Prize winner.”
*****************************************
Big deal. Any lefty can win those things (see Mike Luckovich).

Morgan is a window licker!!

March 21st, 2011
8:12 am

Please do don’t act like a UGA fan. Anyone who is a fan knows Price is a senior and it’s Thomkins and Leslie who might leave early. Thanks for playing now run back home to the flats and see who you’re next coach might be.

Smartest Bulldog

March 21st, 2011
8:14 am

Seems like he is gonna be one Smart Bulldog: http://www.smartestbulldog.com

DirkDawggler

March 21st, 2011
8:19 am

Getting this commit is significant in a few ways: it shows us that Fox can recruit against anyone, opens up a pipeline to the Northeast, and more importantly, signals his commitment to UGA. He’s beginning to reap the fruits of his labor, and is poised for a blockbuster 2012 class as Georgia is loaded. The sleeping giant has awakened.

suwaneedawg

March 21st, 2011
8:20 am

Good point Joey, good point.

BG

March 21st, 2011
8:26 am

Great pickup! GO DAWGS!!!

UGASlobberknocker

March 21st, 2011
8:27 am

Can anyone tell me about Florveus? is he good or just big?

Who Cares

March 21st, 2011
8:41 am

It shows Fox can recruit against anyone? Are you kidding me. It shows that Fox can’t recruit top talent in Atlanta, and that he has to go out of state to pick up 3 projects if you want to call them that. This guy lost 7 out of 8 players in state that were ranked in top 100. He got out recruited in state by Bama, Vandy,Tenn(2), Tech, and Ohio St. I hate to remind people but he will have to play against 4 of those teams. So to say he can recruit against anybody is a joke. He can’t out recruit hardly anyone when it comes to in state talent. Will be a long season next year watching all of the projects he has recruited try and play in the SEC east. The 2 big men he recruited last year were God awful, and they were obviously not talented enough to help provide depth off the bench this past season, either that or Fox is a terrible coach at developing players. Think it is a little of both. This guy will not get UGA back to the big dance with his own players. He was in the right place at the right time inheriting Thompkins,Leslie,Price&Barnes. Look at the 4 guys he has replaced them with. Pretty scary.

Who Cares

March 21st, 2011
8:47 am

My name perfectly describes the content of my rambling entry. I hate everything, including myself!

overrated

March 21st, 2011
8:55 am

Hopefull this recruit will be as much of a success as that Mr. Basketball fox signed last year. I think he averaged around 2 pts a game this year.

Lakedawg

March 21st, 2011
8:57 am

Who Cares you are correct that next years team will not make NCAA’s losing Lelie, Price Thompkins, Barnes. However the HS class of 2012 is loaded and Coach Fox has offered 12 players with 4 star plus ratings and will sigh 4 of them. Good things in store for Dawgs roundball next 4-5 years.

Remarkable

March 21st, 2011
9:06 am

How many others can UGA sign? I’m sure it depends upon who leaves for the NBA.

Mtn Dawg

March 21st, 2011
9:06 am

Now, if Trey would only stay for his senior year, and Leslie does the right thing and stays, we’ll kick some serious hardwood butt next year.

Dawg Whisperer

March 21st, 2011
9:07 am

Auburn 50, Toilet Rolls 8

Remarkable

March 21st, 2011
9:14 am

Trey can make it in the pros, but Leslie needs more seasoning. He’s clearly not ready yet. He could step up and be the star on this team next year and should do so. They all have to realize that there are only a few slots open on any NBA team and you have to be a superstar to keep on of them. Stay in school and get a degree. That will be where you make your living in a couple of years, not the NBA.

Saban

March 21st, 2011
9:15 am

Duke 49 Georgia Tech 3

tony

March 21st, 2011
9:21 am

Truthteller

March 21st, 2011
9:24 am

@Morgan 6:57
Price is a Senior he has played his last collegiate game. Doubtful Thompkins returns, however depends upon several factors among them possible draft position, possible NBA lockout. Draft position will depend upon who else declares, some of those players may be better thus dropping him down the draft board. Thompkins is all but certain to enter his name, so too may Travis Leslie, however they can do so and later withdraw themselves by mid May thus retaining college eligibility.

robodawg

March 21st, 2011
9:29 am

Sounds like a good prospect. Fox seems to have done a good job developing big men in Thompkins and Price. Those are big shoes we have to fill. Looks like we’ll already be in a good position with guards next year, especially if Leslie stays.

sirluciouscp

March 21st, 2011
9:33 am

How about a point guard Foxy?

Mr. Hoopster

March 21st, 2011
9:42 am

Word on the street is Leslie is a slam dunk top 20 NBA pick, Thompkins, top 30.

claytondawg

March 21st, 2011
9:44 am

Ok, CMF…Point Guard who can shoot and score…Point Guard who can shoot and score…Point Guard who can shoot and score.

RxDawg

March 21st, 2011
9:46 am

Welcome aboard young man! Lord knows we could use a few more of these “smart” players over on the grid iron. Maybe it’l rub off a little bit across campus.

robodawg

March 21st, 2011
9:49 am

Chip, what was in South Kent that he was working on his b-ball skills there? How many years of eligibility will he have?

McDawg

March 21st, 2011
9:58 am

we need a point guard

Chip Towers

March 21st, 2011
10:42 am

robodawg: South Kent is a boarding school that attracts a lot of prep talent from all over. He will have four years of eligibility.

MDG

March 21st, 2011
10:58 am

Point Guard!!! Preferably one who can defend and beat the man full court press. Also, needs to be able to hit the occasional three and set his big men up in proper position to score.

RRTDawgs

March 21st, 2011
11:07 am

K. Caldwell Pope scored 40 points in a game looking for a shooter there you go i am sure Fox will get a good point guard welcome to the dawgs Mr . Djurisic also some football recruiting news Geno Smith will in Athens for UGA’s Junior day .

collegeballfan

March 21st, 2011
11:08 am

Leslie and Thompkins need to move on to the NBA. They have nothing to more to prove in college. Big money awaits.

Fox has put together a nice recruiting class. He is a solid practice/preparation coach and a solid bench coach. Now we know he can recruit.

Whoever hired Fox did a helluva job.

Heads up UGA grads, next season may be the old “rebuilding year”. But that is OK. North Carolina had that last year and they made the Sweet 16 this year.

Birds Nest

March 21st, 2011
11:13 am

Fox is building quite the program. We could have used about 5 “smart” players to play in the second half this year. Good Job Coach Fox.

Bulldog Arch

March 21st, 2011
11:39 am

Saban,I needed a good laugh.You sir are a talented comedian.In comedy,timing is everything and your Boise St.-Georgia score was laughable by itself but to mix that in with the basketball—Genius!(It really was funny,can’t stop laughing)

DyslexicDispepsic

March 21st, 2011
12:32 pm

Joey & your cohort cosigners

You sir / ma’am are a neanderthal.

Right nor left but down the middle.

Balance your life and open your mind.

I’m not talking about that book.

You must be “right” but cannot “write”.
No pulitzer for you or Beck

Go Dawgs !

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

All Buma and Aubum fans in this blog can go home and enjoy their piece of drama at theToomers Corner. GT fans might as well join them too.

true blue dawg

March 21st, 2011
1:08 pm

Who Cares?,take your cancerous attitude and your lame comments, and shove them where the Sun don,t shine. First you do this on UGA football,and now this! I think Coach Fox is doing an excellent job recruiting! You come from Colorado with not many contacts in the South and see how you do! Go back to your cubby hole and leave the analysis to the grown-ups

Lagdawg

March 21st, 2011
1:29 pm

Great pickup. One thing some people have to remember is, that he can’t force the instate kids to stay home. Over time they will see that he is a quality coach and he will build this program to a top level with or without instate recruits. When he gets his type of player that he needs to run this system, everything will be fine. He really does need to recruit a top level PG and SF. The two guards we have are a joke and are not ready to play big time ball.

NoRichtFan

March 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Winfield J. Abbe: Might you be any relation to the chemistry professor of the same name at UGA who taught a course in quantitative inoganic analysis which I took one summer quarter in the middle 60’s? Just curious.

private plan watching

March 21st, 2011
3:13 pm

Dream Team???

hey....

March 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

UGA has a basketball team??

VinceVanGo

March 21st, 2011
6:15 pm

I hope Fox has saved a spot for Julian Royal if he bolt’s from Georgia Tech after they choose their coach. There were also a couple of other power forwards that ESPN Recruiting said were considering Georgia. I wonder what’s going on with them? Coach Fox also needs to get a point guard of the future. Robinson and Ware are gone after next year and Fox doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in Vincent Williams who was one of his own first recruits.