UGA secures its “Backcourt of the Future”
UGA's Mark Fox (AJC)
Posted at 3:25 pm Wednesday
UGA signed two basketball players on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early period: 5-foot-9 point guard JJ Frazier of Glennville, Ga., and 6-4 shooting guard Juwan Parker of Tulsa, Okla.
“We needed to add more backcourt players and I am excited to add these two guards to our team,” UGA basketball coach Mark Fox said in a press release. “Both are the type of student athletes who will be successful at UGA.”
Here’s some information on both:
- JJ Frazier: He is beginning his senior season at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Ga. He averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game last season for the Crusaders, who won 33 games in 2012. The 5-9, 160-pound guard is considered the state’s top prospect at his position in the Class of 2013. Frazier played his AAU basketball for the South Georgia Kings program from Hinesville, Ga. “J.J. is a quick and dynamic playmaking point guard,” Fox said. “He has the ability to create plays for himself and other people. I really like his natural instincts for the game.”
- Juwan Parker: He is currently a senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds as a junior at Washington, which won Oklahoma 5A state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons. The 6-4, 190-pounder is rated the nation’s No. 30 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com, No. 39 by Rivals.com. He was named the 2011 Player of the Year in his home state by the Tulsa World, as well as a two-time Tulsa World All-State pick, and also twice a “Super 5” selection by The Oklahoman newspaper. Parker’s older brother Jason starred at Tulsa from 2000-04 and was coached there by current UGA assistant Kwanza Johnson. “Juwan is a very complete shooting guard,” Fox said. “His ability to shoot and score will be welcomed on the wing. I feel good about the versatility he will bring to that position for us.”
Meanwhile, the UGA women also signed two – 6-3 forward Samantha Glodis of West Palm Beach, Fla., and 5-7 guard Sydnei McCaskill of Orlando.
- Samantha Glodis: She is from Dwyer High School and rated as the nation’s No. 18 post prospect by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz. As a sophomore, Glodis averaged 7.2 points and 12.3 rebounds and helped Dwyer’s Panthers to a 22-7 record. As a junior, she averaged a double-double of 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds as Dwyer finished 23-5. “Samantha has outstanding potential as a power player,” UGA coach Andy Landers said in a press release. “She has a prototypical body for the position, runs well and has the ability to score from both inside and out. She is someone who I think has a bright future at Georgia.
- Sydnei McCaskill: She is from Dr. Phillips High School and is rated as the nation’s No. 86 overall prospect by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz. She has led Dr. Phillips to consecutive Florida state tiles. The Panthers captured the 6A title with a 30-2 record during McCaskill’s sophomore year and won the 8A crown in 2011 while finishing 29-3. McCaskill was named all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches as both a sophomore and a junior. ”Syd is a crafty point guard with excellent transitions skills and instincts,” Landers said. “She’s no stranger to success as Dr. Phillips is one of the most outstanding high school basketball programs in Florida. Syd has been a big part of their recent success and we’re excited she’s coming to Georgia.”
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- – By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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