Nemanja Djurisic, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from South Kent (Conn.), verbally committed to Georgia, as first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said Djurisic, originally from Montenegro, also had offers from N.C. State, Arizona State, ECU, Minnesota, Kansas State and Utah. He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds.
“Nemi really enjoyed the coaching staff at Georgia,” Jefferson said by text. “The facilities were top notch and he feels that he has a chance to compete for minutes on a team that has a chance to be very good.
“Nemi is a very skilled four man. He can score and rebound in the paint or he can stretch defenses with his ability to shoot the three.”
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — His name is Tony Parker but he’s not the point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and he’s not married to Eva Longoria.
No, this Tony Parker is a 6-foot-9, 265-pound rising junior center from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove ranked among the top 10 centers in his class.
As a freshman, Parker helped lead his team to a 30-3 record and the Georgia Class 4A state championship. He started 32 games and averaged 7.5 points. and 10.3 rebounds.
Earlier this month he played alongside Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Tony Wroten on the USA U17 national team that won the gold medal in Hamburg, Germany. To read more of this story, click here
Even Chane Behanan admitted to being surprised at his most recent performance.
After averaging 14.7 points and leading the Hawks to the championship game, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Behanan was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
“I was shocked,” Behanan, the No. 6 power forward in the Class of 2011, said Sunday night in a phone interview. “I felt good this morning. A lot of people came through that camp and I was the most outstanding one so I was kind of happy.”
Behanan’s phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook the way you might expect, but he did pick up an offer from Indiana Sunday. To read more of this story, click here
Dwayne Polee will take an official visit to Oregon beginning Saturday and says he will probably make a college announcement after the trip.
“Yeah, probably after this visit,” he wrote Thursday by text.
An athletic 6-foot-7 wing who averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds last season at Los Angeles Westchester High, Polee is down to St. John’s, Georgia and Oregon.
He had initially planned to announce this past Saturday at halftime of the Collision all-star game but held off and opted to visit Oregon after Dana Altman was named head coach.
As a freshman, Polee committed to USC, where his father, Dwayne Polee Sr., is the director of basketball operations. He decommitted last December in the wake of Tim Floyd’s resignation.
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Quick work by Dana Altman.
No sooner does the former Creighton coach get the Oregon job, than he persuades Los Angeles Westchester star Dwayne Polee to postpone his college announcement until after visiting the Oregon campus Friday.
The 6-foot-7 Polee was to announce between St. John’s and Georgia at halftime of the Collision all-star game Saturday night, but decided to hold off instead.
“St. John’s and UGA,” he wrote by text prior to the latest development. To read more of this story, click here
St. John’s hired a West Coast coach in Steve Lavin and now he’s hoping to land a West Coast player as his first recruit.
Dwayne Polee, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, will announce his college choice at halftime of Saturday’s Collision all-star game at El Camino College.
“St. John’s and UGA,” Polee wrote Thursday in a text, referring to his final two choices of St. John’s and Georgia.
A source close to Lavin said Polee was the “best athlete” he’s ever recruited.
Polee led the Comets to their second straight CIF State Division I title and averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game. To read more of this story, click here
Look out for Kadeem Jack.
A 6-foot-9, 210-pound senior big man from Manhattan Rice High School, Jack will visit Arizona Wednesday night and return Friday in time for the SNY Invitational beginning Friday at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
“I’m going to get back on Friday morning,” Jack said by phone.
Jack plays on a loaded Rice team that includes Kansas-State bound guard Shane Southwell and star junior Jermaine Sanders, who is being recruited by numerous Big East programs.
Jack only began playing hoops in the summer before ninth grade, yet he has quickly blossomed into one of the most exciting and accomplished big men in the nation.
He recently dropped 24 points and 20 boards on Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston and Bishop Loughlin. To read more of this story, click here
As of Wednesday morning, Michael Bradley has still not chosen a school.
“He has not made a decision yet,” said Chattanooga (Tenn.) Tyner Academy coach Gerald Harris.
The 6-foot-10 Bradley is considering UConn, Drake and Georgia, Harris said.
“I think the date was yesterday and he decided to extend it,” Harris said.
Bradley has only been playing ball for four years and averaged 8 points last season.
“A lot of people see his upside more than anything else,” Harris said. “What people see in him is what kind of what player he’s going to be. He’s a coachable kid, a real hard worker. He’s only been play basketball for about four years.”
MORGAN TO VISIT UCONN
Jesse “The Takeover” Morgan will visit UConn for First Night festivities Oct. 16, according to his Godfather, Fred Snead.
Morgan had initially said he would visit Louisville that weekend.
He is tentatively set to visit Seton Hall this coming weekend.
The 6-5, 180-pound Morgan is a Philly native playing at South Kent (Conn.). He said he’s considering Seton Hall, UConn, Rutgers, Louisville and UMass.
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Rutgers guard Mike Rosario dropped a career-high 54 points to carry Puerto Rico to a 90-89 victory over France in the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.
Rosario had 13 after one quarter, 28 at the half, 37 after three quarters and scored 17 fourth-quarter points to carry his team back after France had taken an 83-76 lead with 3:20 remaining in the game.
“I knew today was do or die for us,” said Rosario, whose team plays the U.S. on Tuesday. “That was a team we played in France and they beat us by one at the Douai Tournament, and I just knew that this game meant so much to me, my country and my teammates. To read more of this story, click here
Derrick Favors, the No. 1 big man in the Class of 2009, made his college announcement Wednesday night on ESPNU.
“I made my mind up and my decision is ….,” the 6-foot-9 Favors, an Atlanta native, said before putting on a black and gold Georgia Tech hat.
“I want my friends and family to come see me play, for however long I’ll be in college,” he added. “I thought about it long and hard, I made the right decision.” To read more of this story, click here