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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Recruiting: Hoops team adds another commitment

Georgia men's basketball head coach Mark Fox said his team wasn’t done recruiting for 2011, and most took that to mean Kevin Ware or Ryan Harrow. Either of those could still happen, but for the moment it turns out Fox meant yet another post player.

John Cannon, a 6-foot-10 center from Burnsville, N.C., told the Dawg Post’s Fletcher Page that he has committed to Georgia. Cannon was also considering Northwestern, as well as being a preferred walk-on at North Carolina.

The Bulldogs are in dire need of post players and have already signed three: 7-footer John Florveus, junior college prospect Tim Dixon and Nemanja Djurisic, who is 6-foot-7.

The team’s marquee recruit is wing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a McDonald’s All-American. None of the post players is considered a program-changer, but they add depth after the loss of Trey Thompkins to the NBA draft, and the graduations of Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes.

Georgia could also still be in the mix for Ware and Harrow, although each situation is up in the air - especially Ware.

Ware, a 6-foot guard from Conyers, originally signed with Tennessee, then committed to Central Florida two weeks ago. But he decommitted this week after revelations in a New York Times article about a runner associated with UCF.

At this point it’s not clear if any NCAA issues would affect Ware or just UCF.

Harrow is an N.C. State transfer who would be eligible after sitting out the 2011-12 season. The 6-foot point guard from Mariette has said Georgia will be on his list.

Fox cannot comment specifically on recruits, but he reiterated this week that the team is actively recruiting for 2011, adding that scholarships will not be an issue.

“We have some flexibility there. We’re still recruiting,” Fox said in Macon on Thursday. “The hard thing for us is losing those two early. You lose them early to the draft, but you really lose them so late it’s really hard to replace them with players of the same quality.”

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