News from the first day of college basketball’s early signing period:
Georgia received signed letters of intent Wednesday from three players who previously had committed to the Bulldogs: 6-6 guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville (Ga.) High, 6-10 forward Tim Dixon of Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian School and 7-foot center John Florveus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.
Caldwell-Pope is rated the third best shooting guard in the nation and 11th best overall prospect by Rivals.com. He averaged 29.7 points per game for Greenville last season.
Dixon transferred to Oldsmar after playing three seasons at Kendrick High in Columbus, where he averaged 16.1 points, 11 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game last season.
Florveus averaged four points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a freshman at Hillsborough last season.
The three players will join the Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season. Caldwell-Pope and Dixon are currently entering their high-school senior seasons and Florveus his second season of junior-college ball.
Here are comments from Georgia coach Mark Fox on each player:
Also Wednesday, Georgia’s women’s basketball program signed Erika Ford, a 5-9 guard from Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta.
A three-year starter for Chattahoochee and a Class AAAAA all-state player as both a sophomore and a junior, she has been rated the nation’s No. 8 guard prospect and No. 55 overall prospect by All Star Girls Report.
UGA coach Andy Landers on Ford: “Erika is someone who has been on our radar for quite some time. We’re extremely pleased that she is going to be part of our basketball program. Erika has terrific athleticism, great quickness and tremendous defensive abilities, along with an aggressive slashing offensive game.”