Future Hoop Dawg Making Progress

Georgia Bulldog basketball hasn't had much good news the past several months, but Brookwood G <b>Channing Toney's</b> verbal commitment back in September is one of the few bright spots. Yet even when something positive came in, there were still question marks, as in would the four star prospect makes the grades academically to be here for a very thin 2004-5? Well, with his first semester as a senior done, how is Toney coming along?

"I'm pretty much set," the son of former Philadelphia 76ers G Andrew Toney said Sunday night. "I've just got to finish up (with the school year)."

That's great news for Dennis Felton who is in dire need of some gaurds (and big men as well) for next year's team. Channing Toney is a solid scoring wing player, something Georgia is severely lacking right now.

"I don't expect to start, but I expect to play a lot," said Toney, who along with NYC combo G Sundiata Gaines forms the Bulldogs lone two signees, with two more left to bring in this spring. "With Coach Felton, we're going to try and build a tradition."

So, Toney should be here in the fall if all goes well, and while the Georgia hoops faithful may not count that chicken ‘til it hatches; he gave them a little more hope with two of the biggest recruits on the Bulldog radar, his Georgia Star AAU teammates Louis Williams and Mike Mercer.

"I know Louis and Mike are really interested (in UGA)," he said, while adding he won't try and put any pressure on them to join him in Athens.

Still UGA is thought to be the leaders for their signatures, and having Toney, Williams, and Mercer in the backcourt would be a real boon for Dennis Felton to get this beleaguered program back on it's feet.

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