Georgia inks 3 basketball prospects on opening day of early signing period

News release from UGA Sports Communications announcing the signing of three prospects on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period:

University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday the signing of three in-state high school seniors to national letters-of-intent to attend UGA and play next season for the Bulldogs: Kenny Gaines, a 6-4 guard from Atlanta; Charles Mann, a 6-6 guard from Alpharetta; and Brandon Morris, a 6-8 forward from Lithonia.

Gaines, at 6-4 and 190 pounds, is currently beginning his senior season at Whitefield Academy in Smyrna. As a junior last season he averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in leading the Wolfpack to a 23-4 overall record. Whitefield Academy reached the Georgia Class A Final Four last season after reaching the state championship game in Gaines’ sophomore year.

He is rated as the nation’s No. 20 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com and the #24 shooting guard by Rivals.com. ”Kenny is a very athletic scoring guard who has tremendous quickness and a very exciting presence about him on the court,” Fox said. “We are very happy to have him join us next season.”

Mann, at 6-6 and 190 pounds, is starting his senior season at AAAAA power Milton High School in Alpharetta. Through the 2011 season, he had played at Union Grove High School in McDonough, where he averaged over 22 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists per contest as a junior. There he won All-Region, All-County and Honorable Mention All-State honors, as well as MVP of the Region, as voted by all of its head coaches.

”Charles is a big point guard, first of all,” Fox said. “He has a great feel for the game and a natural instinct to pass the basketball. He’s going to be a terrific player for us.”

Morris, regarded as a “combo” forward at 6-8, 195 pounds, is currently a senior at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia. One of the top prep programs in Georgia, the Wolverines have won the past three Georgia Class AAAA state titles, going a combined 88-10 over those three seasons.

As a junior last season, Morris averaged 11.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) junior All-Star North team at season’s end, along with Mann.

”Brandon is a very long, versatile forward,” Fox said. “He has a great competitive spirit about him and I believe he will help us in many, many ways.”

The early national signing period for basketball begins today concludes Nov. 16.

56 comments Add your comment

josh

November 9th, 2011
3:04 pm

first baby!!

Tana

November 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

Let’s ink Carter and get UGA in the hunt for a long March.

DawgJohn

November 9th, 2011
3:06 pm

Go Dawgs! Dream team!!! You never know………………….

PDX DAWG

November 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

welcome. It’s great to be a GA Bulldawg!

AthensDawg

November 9th, 2011
3:23 pm

Lets ink Shaq Goodwin and get him decommited from Memphis.

collegeballfan

November 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

Nice piece of recruiting. All solid players.

Spanish Speaking Sicilian

November 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

You Georgia Bullpups better be happy us Tarheels are in the ACC…

Say It Aint So

November 9th, 2011
3:29 pm

Good to see some of the loca recruits sign with the Dawgs. Can’t sign em all but keeping some in state helps strengthen the program.

JDawg1785

November 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

Welcome aboard, gentlemen! Go Dawgs!

boots

November 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

Start of a great recruiting class. UGA is on its way up, and Athens is a MUCH better town for college than a hell-hole like Memphis.

Football Insider

November 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

Carter is going to GT Tana…Fu gget’ about it.

Spike 80DF

November 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

basketball season: the reason I DVR all the football games.

Dr. Morpheus

November 9th, 2011
4:31 pm

Congrats to the new Dawgs, it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

South Carolina Dog

November 9th, 2011
4:33 pm

Spike 80DF – So did you enjoy the games from UGA’s 2010 season??? Basketball at Stegeman last year was light years ahead of the football team!!!! Mark Fox is doing a great job and the team deserves fan support much more than some of the egotistic football players deserve fan support.

oldbird

November 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

Not a bad start to recruiting. Not McDonalds All- Americans, but well thought of recruits. Certainly not as obscure as some we have had in the past. So far, a big thumbs up to Coach Fox.

Hoops fan

November 9th, 2011
4:38 pm

Nice to see a start to a solid class. We have no shot at Goodwin or Carter, but these guys are very solid players that will stay a while and learn the system well enough to compete at a high level. Looking forward to a great UGA weekend with 2 hoops games and the showdown with the War Chickens sandwiched in between!

Jacket Man

November 9th, 2011
4:47 pm

Congrats on your signings. Tech got their two in this morning, as well, and as far as Carter is concerned, his “formal” announcement is now being made on ESPN (U I believe) at 5 (prerecorded). The coaches have already been informed of the decision. ;)

BullDawg Rick

November 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

Nice start to our future.. Welcome aboard Dawgs!!!

Destin Dawg

November 9th, 2011
5:00 pm

Go Bull Dawgs !! things going UP HILL in Athens !!

Paddy

November 9th, 2011
5:12 pm

Nice going Coach Fox!

Bob

November 9th, 2011
5:17 pm

Great job Coach Fox! Did Mann’s family move to Alpharetta or is he just changing schools?

Dawg Man

November 9th, 2011
5:38 pm

National Champs in Football for the next 6 years and now Basketball—Go Dawgs!!!! Bet we run Auburn off the field Saturday, then stomp LSU and play Alabama or Oklahoma State for the National Championship, maybe Boise, if they are not chicken for a rematch.

VADAWG

November 9th, 2011
6:19 pm

good job coach fox

TampaGator

November 9th, 2011
6:33 pm

More fresh meat for Donvan and his B-crew to chomp on in the coming years.

TampaGator

November 9th, 2011
6:34 pm

Dawgman….

What the heck are you smoking?

TampaGator

November 9th, 2011
6:36 pm

Where will all of these future basketball stars go now that the NBA…..meaning the “Nortorious Bad Ass” league….is in such shambles.

TampaGator

November 9th, 2011
6:36 pm

Better question…..who cares? NBA what?

kevdawg`

November 9th, 2011
7:03 pm

Any news on Robert Carter. Would love to get him

Idiot Dawg

November 9th, 2011
7:06 pm

Oh no. This is not good! When we start talkin about b ball that means football is starting to come to an end. I love football but I don’t care for Awburn.

Hit A Single

November 9th, 2011
7:16 pm

Nice going Coach Fox, a damn good Dawg and a hell of a coach!

Who Me?

November 9th, 2011
7:20 pm

Good start, finish strong. Get Shaq and lets go win a championship….

Football Insider

November 9th, 2011
7:21 pm

Kevdawg,

I believe he will be a Yellow Jacket. But what do I know, I am a football insider.

James

November 9th, 2011
7:35 pm

Take that Shaq!!

BobDog

November 9th, 2011
8:31 pm

This looks like good talent base that Coach Fox can coach up. 6-8 195 is a beanpole, when they get him bulked up some he should be good.

BG

November 9th, 2011
9:45 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Perspective as always

November 9th, 2011
10:24 pm

Dominique WIlkins arrive in late 70s and was gone in three. Yes, NBA legend but at UGA, did nothing for us. Year he left, UGA went to the FInal Four without him.

We need kids that are really good with big, long bodies and can gain healthy weight and muscle mass, that can shoot and rebound.

CMF is on the right course heading into year 3 and UGA has achieved all of our first two year goals.

KeepDreaming

November 9th, 2011
10:54 pm

William

November 9th, 2011
11:36 pm

Way to go, Coach Fox. Good start to a great class. Looking forward to some games in newly renovated Stegman. Go Dawgs.

REALLY? Perspective as Always

November 10th, 2011
2:57 am

“”"We need kids that are really good with big, long bodies and can gain healthy weight and muscle mass, that can shoot and rebound.”"”"
HAHAHHA NO $H*T

tomboy3

November 10th, 2011
5:19 am

If UGA could only recruit as well as Milton High School! Oh well, they’d probably choke any way. Just like Milton did last year in the finals.

HJF

November 10th, 2011
7:58 am

I would be somewhat concerned about Carter. It appears he is too much for Carter and not too much concerned about his team.

RedandBlackDawg

November 10th, 2011
8:08 am

Darn,

I am still looking forward to the rest of the football season, and round ball has quietly slid in the back door.
what are folks predicting for UGA’s fortunes on the court this year?

GO DAWGS

JAWJeRDAWG

November 10th, 2011
8:41 am

Congrats, Coach Fox for a good recruiting / signing start for the 2012 season, and thanks to the new in-state Dawgs, Kenny Gaines, Charles Mann, and Brandon Morris for inking with UGA!

Good luck, and Go Basketball Dawgs for the upcoming season!

coachx

November 10th, 2011
8:55 am

How many more scholarships spots does UGA have ? 1 more perhaps ?

UGA beeds some bigs to replace Thomkins, Price, and Barnes.

Playing time is there for the taking young men !

coachx

November 10th, 2011
8:59 am

Question for Chip:

Hoaw many more basketball scholarships will UGA have if all 3 of these guys stay committed and actually sign on signing day ?

aw

November 10th, 2011
10:22 am

“Gee, Should I play at Memphis with 16,000 people in the stands every game or in Stegeman and have 10,000 show only when the Kentucky fans show up? Hmmmmmmm?”, Shaq Goodwin “I’ll ask Wesley Witherspoon, Robert Dozier, Jelan Kendrick etc.”

The original OLD Greg

November 10th, 2011
10:28 am

coachx, I believe that these 3 young men signed to play for UGA yesterday, so therefore they cannot decommit elsewhere.

To answer your question I believe we only have 1 more unless Goodwin changes his mind and commits to UGA we could put him on football scholarship since he wanted to play both in college.

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
10:29 am

tomboy3

November 10th, 2011
5:19 am
If UGA could only recruit as well as Milton High School! Oh well, they’d probably choke any way. Just like Milton did last year in the finals.

Milton cant win every year. I watched the game, the officiating was pretty bad. But they did blow a huge lead. Its HS bball so you have to expect a meltdown here and there.

Proud Milton Graduate- (Granted they sucked in every sport but baseball while I was there)

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
10:30 am

coachx

November 10th, 2011
8:55 am
How many more scholarships spots does UGA have ? 1 more perhaps ?

UGA beeds some bigs to replace Thomkins, Price, and Barnes.

Playing time is there for the taking young men !

Only 1 left

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
10:35 am

aw

November 10th, 2011
10:22 am
“Gee, Should I play at Memphis with 16,000 people in the stands every game or in Stegeman and have 10,000 show only when the Kentucky fans show up? Hmmmmmmm?”, Shaq Goodwin “I’ll ask Wesley Witherspoon, Robert Dozier, Jelan Kendrick etc.”

Lets see:

Go to Memphis where its more likely for me to robbed, shot, and killed???
or
Go to UGA where your biggest worry is finding you classes your first week??

Go to Memphis and be stuck with nasty chicks???
or
Go to Athens where it is rated number 1 for hott girls on campus??

He would be crazy to go to Memphis hence why he hasnt signed yet an says “I dont know what will happen now”

I pictured this in my head when I read the other article about not signing with Memphis.

Shaq: “Mom, look at this back pack full of money and free stuff Memphis gave me, I went ahead and committed bc of it’

Mom: ” Are you stupid boy they have already been in trouble once this decade, you are going to ruin your career if you go there”

Shaq: “Crap, o well, I will just keep all this free money and stuff and go play somewhere else”