Dogs add two recruits as spring signing period starts

ATHENS — Donte Williams and Sherrard Brantley officially became Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Williams, a 6-9 forward from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, and Brantley, a 6-2 guard from Dublin by way of a Florida junior college, signed letters of intent with Georgia on the first day of  college basketball’s spring national signing period. Williams had committed to Georgia late last month and Brantley early this month.

Williams was the AJC’s Class AAAA Player of the Year this past season, averaging 13.1 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game as Miller Grove won a second consecutive state championship.

Georgia coach Mark Fox’s statement on Williams: “We’re excited to have signed a player of Donte’s length and athleticism, but also a person of his caliber. He has the ability to affect a game from both ends of the floor. He’s well-coached, comes from a great program at Miller Grove, and he’s been a big part of their success during his career.”

Brantley played one year at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla., averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 43 percent from three-point range. He made 113 three-pointers for a team that went 30-5 and reached the quarterfinals of the National Junior College tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.  He was on Dublin’s 2009  Class AA state championship team as a high school senior. He’ll have three years of eligibility at UGA.

Fox on Brantley: “Sherrard is another player who’s been a part of a championship program, and he understands winning. He can really shoot the basketball from long range. His shooting ability can stretch a defense, which is very important for us to be effective in our offense.”

Williams and Brantley join 6-8 forward Cady Lalanne, from Orlando, in Georgia’s signing class.  Lalanne signed with the Bulldogs in the early signing period last fall. He averaged 20.9 points and 12.8 rebounds per game in his final high school season.

Georgia hopes to sign at least one more player in the spring signing period, which runs until May 19.

Dwayne Polee, a 6-7 swingman from Los Angeles, has said he’ll decide among UGA, UNLV and UTEP, perhaps as soon as this weekend.

45 comments Add your comment

Yeah Dawg

April 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

South Ga Dawg

April 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

Glad to have em both!!!

bdawg1968

April 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

I love the direction Coach Fox has this team headin in. If we could land Marcus Thronton and add him to the guys we got coming back plus the two mention abouve. Next season will be very exciting. The east will be wide open for the taking. GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!

clay

April 14th, 2010
4:52 pm

is thompson coming back for another year?

NewnanDawg

April 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

It’s nice to finally have a coach that makes me believe in a bright future for the hoops program at UGA. I really think he can put it all together quickly. This is shaping up to be a pretty solid class for a coach just finishing his first year and not from this side of the country.

Go Dawgs!

SoCal Dawg

April 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

DawginLex

April 14th, 2010
5:05 pm

Brandon Knight just committed to UK. Michael gilchrist(2011 #1 player) announces at 5:45. The servers are blowing up in Lexington.

Pitbull

April 14th, 2010
5:06 pm

UGA Basketball: Smart like a Fox – and getting better every day!

82Dawg

April 14th, 2010
5:56 pm

Way to go Coach Fox keep up the good work….

The Sham

April 14th, 2010
6:03 pm

TIM TUCKER: I know we might end up with one more, but do you have any idea where these signings place us in conference recruiting rankings? I know this is not an exact science, but it makes for good discussion.

RomeDawg

April 14th, 2010
6:13 pm

Is Polee a lean to any school?

Tim Tucker

April 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

The Sham:
I couldn’t immediately find updated conference rankings, but here’s a national top 25 list you might be interested in:
http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=14&cfg=bb&yr=2010

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Neda

April 14th, 2010
7:12 pm

Donte Williams – coming soon to a Waffle House near you as the night fry cook. Go by and reminisce over his playing days before the Athens police put the quietus on another would-be Dawg. :-)

Sarah

April 14th, 2010
7:15 pm

They’ll love these guys in Shreveport.

I crack myself up.

Sarah's therapist

April 14th, 2010
7:43 pm

Sarah, you are an idiot. Since when do basketball players play in a football bowl game?. You may crack yourself up, but for everyone else, you are too stupid to even insult properly. Go back to the kitchen and shut up.

Douglas

April 14th, 2010
8:05 pm

Fox is doing a better job of recruiting but he has really got to make an impact next year…we are letting way too many 4 and 5 star recruits leave the state of Georgia or go to Ga. Tech.

Tower to Hornet ...PULL UP, PULL UP

April 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Did Butler have a top 10 signing class last year or the year before? I doubt that they did.

College basketball is about teaching and learning a system. Coach Fox can teach a system and he taught some one else’s players that system. Now, he will get his style kids and blend them into a cohesive unit and over time, UGA can become competitive.

UGA “only wants” to go say 19-11 or 20-10 every eyar and then enjoy a deep run in the SEC tourney and then get invited to the Big Dance. If Fox can do that for UGA over the next two years …………..UGA has the coach that we NEVER HAD, not since Durrham anyway.

Next year, if we can win 4 or 5 more games than in 2010 and end up at 18-12 or 19-11 AND make some noise in the SEC tourney with two wins, then we should ge moving forward with his program and possibly going to The Dance NEXT year.

Goooooooooooooooo Dogs.

Brian F.

April 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

Tim, If Polee signs, does that eliminate us from the Thornton sweepstakes?

Tower to Hornet ...PULL UP, PULL UP

April 14th, 2010
8:12 pm

Sarah,

The Waffle House executive staff are all tech men. Anyone from Atlanta knows that AND that they start out on the grill frying eggs. Seriously, WH is all about former tech ball players. If you know any over age 55 Tech person ………..ask them who runs the Tech Fund and where do they work.

Case closed ………….Waffle House if for Tech men, not Bulldogs. AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

Goooooooooooooo Dogs. Sic em. Woof, woof, woof.

Band Kid

April 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

Sarah,
You may find yourself looking for a good comeback to the women in the kitchen jokes…

I suggest you come back with a #$%& sandwich.

tom

April 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

I saw the top classes scrolling on ESPNU today and many top players are Georgia kids going out of state to other programs. I hope Fox can turn that tide. Sometimes if you can just sign one kid it will open the doors to many others.

tenn.DAWG

April 14th, 2010
9:13 pm

Fox does a great job of developing players,his history shows that.He also does a great job of motivating player.If he can get the kind of tallent uk and utk have he’ll walk the Dawg.Did a pretty good job in those games this year.

The Sham

April 14th, 2010
9:56 pm

Thanks Tim: That link was what I had found earlier, but like you I couldn’t find any conference rankings, not could I find UGA on that list. The sad truth may be that we aren’t on any list. Until we start showing up there, we can forget showing up in the rankings. Like I said they aren’t an exact science, but there normally is a correlation…

Mr. Thornton or Polee would help change that. Perhaps even convince Trey to come back for one more year!

To the Sarah Bashers – easy fellas, chances are its a dude impersonating a lady. Everyone knows there aren’t any ladies at/from Tech…

Upstate Dawg

April 14th, 2010
10:13 pm

Prior to signing day, ESPN listed its early top 25 for next year. Although UGA wasn’t included (neither was Tech by the way), the Dawgs were shown as one of three “darkhorse teams.” Things are definitely looking up in Athens. Let’s hope CMF can ink either Polee or Thornton.

Stinger

April 14th, 2010
10:25 pm

I would like to congratulate your pitching staff. They have held us to 24 hits and 25 runs through 8 innings. Awesome display of pitching by dawg pitchers to keep us below 50 runs. What a joke your team is. You couldn’t beat a weak high school team. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

*

April 14th, 2010
10:32 pm

Yeah, great baseball team, hahaha Bad Puppies, hahaha

Cartman

April 14th, 2010
10:53 pm

Sven Ottke

April 14th, 2010
11:18 pm

Yes indeed. You guys stole this 2 star hoops stud from East Carolina and Central Florida. He’ll be a fine contributor. Snicker, snicker.

H.S. Coach

April 14th, 2010
11:31 pm

Douglas and anyone else who thinks we’re losing to many 4 and 5 star recruits, this class was pretty much locked up before Fox could talk to them. If he’s going to have a strong impact it will be next year.

beatdowns galore

April 14th, 2010
11:36 pm

Wow 25 – 6… football now baseball…. Fire Damon Evans for letting the athletic program sink so low…….

Old Gold

April 15th, 2010
12:13 am

Ugay Baseball is the bomb…..25-6…we rule this state!!!!!

Big D Dawg

April 15th, 2010
12:49 am

old gold, after many years of top 10 projections for the yech baseball team, you might finally have one. you know, we’ve got a national championship in baseball and have been to the college world series more than yech. it’s about time your over rated baseball team did something!!

ACC CHAMPS

April 15th, 2010
12:58 am

{{25-6}}

Hey mutts, try scoring some more runs before saying ‘we run this state.’

BuLLdawg

April 15th, 2010
1:19 am

beatdowns galore ? We beat you Georgia tek nerds in both Major Sports 3-24 football and in basketball 73-66 men and 56-50 women.

Galore ?

Sometimes, the problem with a program is that it has poor coaches, like we have in football, especially on Offense.

25-6.

20-3 to Auburn I thought was inexcusable for a program that 3 times has been to the College World Series under David Perno.

25-6 is worse.

Don’t give me this discussion about 1-run games.

13-2 Alabama.
12-1 FSU.
17-5 FSU.
11-1 Kennesaw State.
20-3 Auburn.
19-3 Auburn.
15-5 LSU.
15-5 Climpsum Farmers.
14-6 Climpsum Farmers.
25-6 Georgia tek nerds.

10 games this season given up 161 runs.

Scored 37.

161-37.

161-37. That is just about what our record is against Georgia tek in Baseball at Foley Field in Athens, and we go out and lose.

10 games giving up 161 runs 16 runs a game for 10 of our games this season, already.

Scored 3 runs a game and give up 16.

16 to 3 score in double-digit of our baseball games.

ERA of entire Georgia Bulldogs’ Pitching Staff :

Cooper Moseley 5.19
Alex McRee 6.14
Steve Esmonde 7.06
Justin Earls 7.71
Chase Hawkins 8.37
Zach Laughlin 10.80
Patrick Boling 12.27 1
John Herman 13.50
Malcolm Clapsaddle 14.04
Eric Swegman 14.21
Blake Dieterich 14.77
Cecil Tanner 14.79
Evan Tieles 17.18
Ben Cornwell 20.25

That is a pitching coach issue. Fire him now Coach David Perno, sir, please.

Why do we have an 11-22 record for a team who started the season in the Top 25.

We are 0-16 in games in which we score 5 runs or fewer.

Duh.

We are 0-18 in games in which we are losing at the end of 6 innings.

We are 0-13 in games in which we gave up 10 runs or more.

Eric Swegman walked the 1st two batters of the game. They both scored. The game was over.

We pitched 10 pitchers.

We gave up 25 runs to Georgia tek nerds at Foley Field in Athens Georgia on TV tonight.

What good does it do to send the pitching coach out bobbing his head on TV jawing at the pitcher after he just walked to opening 2 batters in a row. 90 percent of the time you walk the leadoff hitter, he scores. We walked 14 Georgia tek batters tonight. 14. And, lost 25-6 to a team we hold an advantage on all-time of over 50 more wins than Georgia tek nerds in baseball.

Fire the pitching coach.

Fire him before 8 o’clock in the morning.

The opposing hitters are hitting .an average of 329 on the season against all UGA pitchers.

Oh, I forget. You are not allowed to say anything but positive spins on Georgia Bulldogs’ Sports in here. How silly of me to forget that.

We are better than Georgia tek. 25-6 and we’re the better team. How’s that ?

Stinger

April 15th, 2010
6:40 am

A baseball game started and a football game broke out. We scored 3 touchdowns, 1 fied goal, Kicked 2 extra points, and ran for a 2 pt conversion. The baseball team just scored about half what our football team will score on you in Nov. Losers!!!!!!!!!!! We own this state.

AltamahaDawg

April 15th, 2010
7:07 am

Maybe you should tell them all who should have been pitching last night and how thats who you wanted pitching “all along”.

TWENTY FIVE RUNS to your six runs

April 15th, 2010
7:26 am

25-6 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

muttssuck

April 15th, 2010
7:37 am

1111111111111111111111111=25

111111=6

Jacketman

April 15th, 2010
7:39 am

Hey, try pitching Aaron Murray.

Dawgrulz

April 15th, 2010
8:11 am

Yeah, you own this state in an irrevelant sport that nobody watches on TV. The only major college sports are Footbal, and BB. Nobody cares about college baseball. But if if makes you GT idiots gloat about this to feel better about going 0-3 in major sports against UGA this year go ahead. Your Baseball team will choke in the Regionals this year like you always do.

Justin

April 15th, 2010
8:39 am

Hey stinger your a little confused on the difference between baseball and football over there. You guys actually won the baseball game, more frequently than 1 out of 8 years I might add.

From a UGA baseball player

April 15th, 2010
8:49 am

Hey Techers …………OUCH!

Good whupping you put on us. Maybe we get y’all next time. Damn.

Go Dogs.
UGA class of 71 & 73

Saint Simons

April 15th, 2010
8:53 am

( 25 – 6 ) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

BobDog

April 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

Everybody keeps talking about 25-6. What is that about?