Georgia lands star basketball recruit

University of Georgia head basketball coach <b>Jim Harrick</b> has signed the most decorated recruit of his three-year tenure with the Bulldogs.

Dougherty High School standout Alexander Johnson, widely considered the top prospect in Georgia, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday morning to play for Georgia. Johnson was one of the nation's most heavily recruited players. He chose the Bulldogs over North Carolina, Alabama, Cincinnati and Louisville.

The 6-foot-9 Johnson verbally committed to Georgia last May. But he made an official visit to Cincinnati two weeks ago, and also was reportedly getting a lot of interest from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recently.

Johnson, ranked the No. 14 prospect in the nation by The Sporting News, averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds as a junior, leading Dougherty High to the Class AAAA state championship. Johnson must still pass the ACT or SAT to become academically eligible to play collegiately.

Georgia will also sign guard Wayne Arnold of Berkmar High School, who averaged 16 points as a junior for the two-time Class AAAAA state champions. Arnold, considered the second-best prospect in Georgia, chose the Bulldogs over Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee.

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