Saturday, April 3, 2010

Georgia adds JUCO guard

By Marc Weiszer -

Published Saturday, April 03, 2010

Buzz up!Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox said Wednesday he was hoping to add perimeter scoring to the Bulldogs' 2010 recruiting class.

A day later, Northwest Florida State junior college guard Sherrard Brantley committed to Georgia.

The 6-foot-2 Brantley averaged 13.7 points per game and connected on 42.9 percent of his shots from 3-point range this season, making more than 100 3-pointers.

"He can stroke it," said Marvin Latham, who coached Brantley at Dublin High School. "They had a need for a shooter. That was a big concern of theirs. They're going to play him at the (shooting guard) spot or the wing and let him do what he does best, and that's shoot the basketball."

Brantley committed to Georgia on Thursday afternoon over LSU and Creighton. He became the third member of this signing class. The late signing period begins on April 14.

Georgia inked power forward Cady Lalane in the early signing period and got a commitment this week from Miller Grove post player Donte Williams.

Fox said this week that Georgia could sign two or three players this spring.

Brantley will have three years of eligibility at Georgia. He visited Georgia this week. Latham joined him in Athens on Tuesday to spend time with Fox and assistant Philip Pearson.

Latham said Brantley qualified late last year, but still went to junior college and "got his game better" at the school in Niceville, Fla.

"He's a great basketball player and an even better young man," Latham said. "We're real proud of him down here."

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