Dwayne Polee, Jr. Considering UTEP?

The Daily Breeze named Dwayne Polee, Jr. its “Boys Basketball Player of the Year“.

Polee led Westchester High School to its second straight LA city and California Division I state championships.  He averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds a game, and apparently is a lot more than just a dunker – check out the article, it’s a good quick read.

The most interesting piece of news that I took away from the article is that Polee, Jr. has narrowed his choices down to UNLV, Georgia and UTEP (New Mexico used to be in his “Big Three”).

Why UTEP?  Former Southern Cal coach Tim Floyd was hired as the Miners’ new skipper last month.  Remember, Polee originally signed with USC, but he was permitted to de-commit once it became clear that the Trojans basketball team was going to get hit with a plethora of NCAA sanctions.

Polee also stated last March that he would make his decision by the beginning of April.  Well here we are at April 8th and according to the Daily Breeze he will announce it “in a few weeks” – that’s the end of April according to my Mayan calendar.

Could Polee be waiting to see what Georgia’s beloved Howard Thompkins III is planning on doing next year as far as the NBA Draft is concerned?  If Trey returns to Athens for his junior season, the Bulldogs will be a contender to win the SEC East, and should be primed to get a bid to next season’s NCAA tournament – a very appealing scenario for an incoming freshman phenom (like Polee).

ESPN’s Andy Katz has Georgia listed as one of his “Three Sleepers” for 2010-2011 – obviously this depends heavily on the return of Thompkins.

This is pure speculation on my part, but I think that if Trey comes back next year to play for Georgia then Polee will commit to Mark Fox’s Dawgs as well.