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.