The first day of the spring signing period came and went without any surprises for the Georgia Bulldogs.
As expected, the Bulldogs received the signed letter-of-intent from 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward Nemanja Djurisic of South Kent, Conn. A native of the Podgorica, Montenegro, in Eastern Europe, Djurisic averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 rebounds a game as a high school senior last season. He comes from the South Kent School, a college preparatory school for boys that has produced the likes of Washington’s Isaiah Thomas and Andray Blatche of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Djurisic also has extensive international experience playing for four straight Montenegrin Under-18 national teams.
“It feels really good to have this done,” Djurisic said Wednesday. “After all the work and everything I’ve been through the last two years, it just feels great to know it all paid off. I’m very excited about going to Georgia.”
Djurisic has already graduated from high school. He will play in the Capitol Classic all-star game in Washington, D.C., then go home to Montenegro for about a month “to relax and see my parents.” He plans to arrive at UGA in June in time for summer semester.
“We’re very excited to have added ‘Nemi’ to the program for next year,” head coach Mark Fox said in a statement released by UGA. “He’s a terrific shooter with good size and a great feel for the game.”
Djurisic becomes the fourth member of the incoming class of 2011. He joins Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 6-6 guard from Greenville; Tim Dixon, a 6-10 forward from Columbus; and John Florveus, a 7-foot center from Fort Myers, Fla., all of whom signed last November.
The spring signing period began Wednesday and continues through May 18. The Bulldogs are likely to sign one or two more players. They’re known to be pursuing Rockdale County guard Kevin Ware, a former Tennessee signee who was granted release after Bruce Pearl was fired. According to Rivals.com, they also have offers extended to John Cannon, a 6-11 center from Burnsville, N.C.; Chattanooga State Community College 7-foot center Philip Jurick; South Atlanta small forward Dominique McKoy; and a few others.
Junior college standouts Danielle Bennett and Marisela Rodriguez inked letters-of-intent with coach Andy Landers’ Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Bennett, a 5-10, wing originally from Springfield, Mo., averaged 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds for Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College last season and was named the All-Mid Florida Conference Player of the Year.
Rodriguez is a 6-4, forward from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. She was a two-time All-Jayhawk Conference Western Division selection, earning first-team honors as a sophomore after averaging 11.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg.
Chip Towers, The UGA Blog