UGA, Fox Sign Top Basketball Prospect

ATHENS - This is certainly one way to start a season, one we've not seen very often.

As UGA’s big contest with Clemson looms Friday, Mark Fox got the second-biggest commitment of his tenure at Georgia. Rayshaun Hammonds, a forward from Norcross, picked the Bulldogs over Miami, Memphis, UConn and Texas. 

Hammonds is considered the No. 49 overall player in the country. In terms of ranking, Hammonds trails only future lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 5-star prospect, in terms of overall prospect ranking. Caldwell-Pope was the No. 12 overall prospect in the class of 2011.

He’s the fourth four-star signee (Derek Ogbeide, Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris) of the Fox era in Athens. His commitment means his last three commitments have been four-star prospects, with two of the three of them being considered Top 100 players. That’s a marked improvement from where recruiting has been under Fox. From 2009-2015, 19 of Fox’s 21 commitments have been three-star players or lower. 

With that said, Fox continues to struggle to reel in high-level in-state talent to Athens. 

No. 4 Wendell Carter is considering UGA, but is widely expected to pick Duke over Harvard. No. 9 Collin Sexton, from Mableton, is expected to pick Alabama. No. 24 M.J. Walker, from Jonesboro, is expected to pick Maryland. No. 37 Davion Mitchell (Hinesville) and No. 41 Chuma Okeke (Atlanta) are both committed to Auburn. No. 62 Alex O’Connell, from Alpharetta, is headed to Duke. No. 76 Darius Perry, Marietta, has picked Louisville. 

That means the Bulldogs are expected to only sign one of the nine Top 100 players from the state this recruiting cycle. Two of those nine players have committed to Bruce Pearl and Auburn; one headed to SEC foe Alabama.

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