St. John’s now on Polee’s list?

According to the New York Daily News, Westchester High senior wingman Dwayne Polee, Jr. has added St. John’s University to his mix of potential schools.

Polee’s list has now expanded to include Georgia, UNLV (where his father played), UTEP (where former USC coach Tim Floyd was recently hired) and the Red Storm.

Polee announced in March that he would announce his decision at the beginning of April…it appears that he meant to say early May.

What does everyone think about Fox’s chances of landing this kid?  I felt better about it last week when Georgia was the only school he was considering from a major conference – now CMF has to compete with the Johnnies from the Big East.

In other recruiting news, apparently the Memphis Tigers have now entered the mix for Mr. Georgia Basketball player Marcus Thornton.

And in case you missed it, Trey Thompkins is coming back next year!

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.

Fox adds JUCO shooting guard

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JUCO guard Sherrard Brantley plans on being a Bulldog next season

I loved watching Ricky McPhee play last season, and I will miss seeing him on the court next year – his timely three’s and relentless effort will be difficult for Mark Fox to replace.

However, that being said, Fox may have found a potential substitute – 6’2″ shooting guard Sherrard Brantley of Northwest Florida Community College.

According to Brantley’s latest Facebook status update (is this what recruiting is evolving into?) Brantley stated, “just committed to University of Georgia.  happy to finally get done with this stuff. thanks to everybody who keeping up with me.”

Sounds like the Dublin, Georgia native is going to be a Dawg next season.  Brantley chose Georgia over LSU and Creighton.

At NWFCC last season, Brantley averaged 13.7 points and shot a blistering 43% from beyond the arc.  He was named to the Panhandle Conference media’s All-Freshman team – he received more votes than any other Frosh.

At Dublin High School, Brantley led his team to the Class 2A state championship his senior season.

At this point (like Donte Williams), Sherrard has committed but not yet signed – I think it’s a solid verbal.

From what I have read about this kid, it appears that he is a more athletic (see the picture above) version of Ricky McPhee.  His coach at NWFCC, Bruce Stewart, deemed him the “best catch-and-shoot shooter in the country”.

Note

Former Southern Cal basketball recruit Dwayne Polee, Jr. is supposed to announce in “early April” where he will sign for next season.  According to an article published in the LA Times, Polee stated that UNLV, New Mexico and Georgia are recruiting him the hardest.

Polee’s father, Dwayne Sr., played for UNLV in the 80’s under Jerry Tarkanian.

Mark Fox onThompkins and Leslie; Update on Polee, Jr.

The AJC’s Tim Tucker wrote a nice blog entry today following a conversation he had with Coach Mark Fox yesterday.

Fox didn’t reveal any inside information in regards to whether Trey Thompkins or Travis Leslie will be back for the 2010-2011 season, but he does go into some detail about the processes that they are currently going through in regards to the 2010 NBA Draft.

As far as Thompkins, I have been following his status on ESPN.com’s “NBA Draft” page since the start of the season.  For a majority of the year, Trey’s draft projection for the 2010 NBA Draft had been listed as “late second round to undrafted“.

However, recently his projection changed to Late first to early second.  Obviously, Trey caught the eyes of some NBA scouts this year with his All-SEC season.

April 25th is the NBA’s deadline for NCAA underclassmen to put their names into the draft, and then they have until May 8th (assuming that they do not hire an agent) to withdraw their names and retain college eligibilty.

The national signing day for high school seniors in the 2010 class is May 2nd.  This means that Fox is having to recruit with several pretty big variables and unknowns.

I read that Dwayne Polee, Jr. of Westchester High School (California) is expected to make his decision on which school he will attend any day now.  Polee is considering a handful of Pac-10 schools, UNLV and of course, Georgia.

Polee’s father, Dwayne Sr., played at UNLV during the 1981-1982 season under Jerry Tarkanian.