Georgia men sign Nemanja Djurisic; Lady Dogs ink 2

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

28 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

April 13th, 2011
7:07 pm

Welcome to UGA, Nemanja. Go Dawgs!

josh

April 13th, 2011
7:35 pm

now we need one of the 4 star guys to sign and this will be an impressive class for fox

birther dawg

April 13th, 2011
7:39 pm

Does this guy have a legit birth certificate to play at UGA?

dawgerbrown

April 13th, 2011
7:42 pm

Welcome to UGA all of you b-ball signees. Really look forward to watching ya’ll grow and develop over the next few years.

10 - 6

April 13th, 2011
7:50 pm

Kid would have had a better chance at Central Florida. Sure worked out for the players on the football team at UCF.

VinceVanGo

April 13th, 2011
8:01 pm

Glad to have you Nemanja. He’s a real steal for UGA. I think he’ll stay for four years, start for three and probably make the all SEC team before he’s done. He’s the type of player that the real good NCAA Tournament teams always seem to have. We have a shrewd Fox in Athens.

AfghanHound

April 13th, 2011
8:21 pm

Poor guy! He’ll never understand the “mush mouths” around Athens. Ya’ll come, you hyar!

Bulldog Joe

April 13th, 2011
8:40 pm

Nemanja Djurisic. Slon’s gonna have a tough time with that name.

Remarkable

April 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

Ware, join the team and make this a class to remember. Djurisic, Caldwell-Pope, Dixon, Florveus, and Ware, what a lineup!

godawgswoowoowoo

April 13th, 2011
11:13 pm

Welcome to the Dawg family Nemanja! It’s gonna pay off for ya when yall win the SEC again, and hopefully make a good run in the tourney. Go Dawgs! Sic em! Woo! Woo! Woo!

RaleighDawg

April 14th, 2011
12:01 am

I’d heard a month or so back that UGA was going to sign Djurisic so I pulled some video on him from YouTube. You can see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qlo0s1z4cA

Djurisic is 21 in the Navy jersey. Under-impressive player, in an under-impressive game, in what is clearly an under-impressive league. I wasted five minutes of my life, UGA wasted a scholarship. If this is the best Fox can recruit it will be a while before we see the NCAAs again.

Nique Deux

April 14th, 2011
12:22 am

Nemi is for real. This guy is very underrated. Great signing for the red and black. I’m pumped about hopefully getting another guy named Dominique to suit up for the Dawgs

UGASlobberknocker

April 14th, 2011
7:35 am

How does the UGA recruiting class stack up nationally? Are we in the Top 25 or 30?

President Obama, Indonesian native

April 14th, 2011
7:44 am

@birther dawg…dont worry about it. I dont have a birth certificate and look where I ended up. However, since the NCAA is the one organization in America more screwed up than Congress, who knows what those idiots will do.

UGASlobberknocker

April 14th, 2011
7:55 am

@ Raleigh Dawg. Wow..you are quite the basketball expert if you can watch one clip of film , make a sweeping judgment on a player, and then ALSO predict the UGA success rate over the next 4 years. Have you considered writing a horoscope column, or perhaps opening a palm reading salon?

Since you are so obviously an expert, maybe you could watch a 30 second clip of Crowell and let us know how the football Dawgs are gonna do in 2014? Perhaps watch a 30 second clip of Obama’s last speech and predict future events in 2014?

We are so lucky to have your infinite wisdom on this board. The glare from your aura shines all the way from Raleigh to Atlanta. No wait, that’s an odor.

I just hope your boss doesnt evaluate you on your worst 30 seconds yesterday.

BobDawg

April 14th, 2011
7:57 am

Raleigh Dawg…. 5 minutes of tape doesn’t show his averages of 20 & 10 but his passing is really good, moves well and has smarts… Fox will coach him up and the triangle offense will probably flow thru him as a soph and on….

Raleigh Dawg's dog

April 14th, 2011
8:33 am

I accidentally dropped some food on the floor yesterday..so now Raleigh Dawg is taking me to the pound to put me down. Oh no, his wife overslept..now she’s toast.

Felix Millan

April 14th, 2011
8:33 am

Nice job, Andy. While the rich talent in our State is leaving, you’re signing JUCO players who average 16 and 11 points. Nice. There’s a reason we can’t compete with Tn.

coachx

April 14th, 2011
8:48 am

Phillips Jurick is well known and will be tough to get. Higgins and West Virginia are after him hard. He originally signed 2 years ago with Pearl at Tennessee. However, his mother had a serious illness so who moved back home and played for a junior college to be close to mom.

Fox and UGA will have their hands full competing with West Virginia. I hope he comes to Athens but there is competition.

The other big mentioned in the article, John Cannon, is only being recruited by mid-majors like Old Dominion. UGA has a better shot on that kid.

Kevin Ware would be nice for the future since both Dustin Ware and Gerald Robinson will be seniors next year. Perhaps he would be a better option then Brantley when Robinson plays out of control and turns the ball over too much.

Cody

April 14th, 2011
9:28 am

FIRE ANDY LANDERS!

Ben

April 14th, 2011
11:00 am

Great signing. So far, Fox has shown that he can flat out recruit. I think we may take a step back next year due to inexperience but I think we may end up looking back at this recruiting class as a HUGE turning point for this program.

Mark Richt

April 14th, 2011
11:13 am

Andy Landers is a great recruiter! Not so great with the Xs and Os.

Kinda like somone else I know . . .

AthensDawg

April 14th, 2011
11:44 am

This was a good recruiting class for UGA. There is light at the end of the tunnel for Georgia

NewnanDawg

April 14th, 2011
12:16 pm

Just wondering why there is no coverage of this; If it were UGA, every blogger in the Southeast would be hammering it. We need to send the Athens/CC police department to Gainseville for a while. No telling how many arrests there would be…..
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/rss/article/200592/3/AUDIO–GMJ-Exclusive-Arrested-UF-Player-Says-Were-Gonna-Get-Off

WarZone

April 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

I agree fire Andy he is done. I beleive we should go after the Georgetown women coach she is doing great things with less talent. She can put our women team back on the map. Andy can get us to the tournament but he can not win with the big dogs.

DS

April 14th, 2011
7:43 pm

newnandawg… i listened to that clip.. he ACTUALLY SAID “This aint gainesville, this is saint augustine, we wont get away, they dont ******** a here” WOW…

84 dawg

April 14th, 2011
9:13 pm

got excited last year, great season (could have been better, I am not a homer). But, this could be the start of something fun and unusual. I think we should call the team, The Land of the Giants (for you young kids under 45, that was a show when I was young. I only wish they could have showed a giant stepping on a human and squashing them like a road kill squirrell.). Otherwise, go Fox/Dawgs.

Dawg

April 14th, 2011
11:03 pm

What is Nmjaumjie Ddjurasicec’s vertical? I didn’t see much length and bounce in his legs.