Dawgs add walkon point guard

With the signing of Younes Idrissi, Georgia basketball appeared done signing people for the 2004 class, and while they aren't bringing in another scholarship player, they are adding a heralded walk-on.

If the paper work clears as expected at the end of May, Australian PG Kevin Brophy will be a Bulldog.

"Virginia was my first choice really," Brophy said. "But (assistant coach Pete Hermann) and Coach (Dennis) Felton blew me away."

Brophy expects to enroll in summer school June 10, and start working out with the team. Virginia and Mississippi State were pursuing him, and Massachusetts offered a scholarship, but "it's pretty much all Georgia right now," according to Brophy.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Brophy spent the past year graduating from Memorial Day School in Savannah, Georgia, having to sit out the basketball season because of GISA eligibility requirements, although he was able to practice with the team. He began high school in Australia five years ago, which caused the ineligibility, but did not go to school in 2000 to take care of family obligations.

After suiting up with Utah's Andrew Bogut and others for the 2002 Australian Junior National Team, Brophy came to Savannah, and played extremely well for Memorial Day, earning All-Region and All-State honors, and along with St. Joseph's freshman Artur Surov, led the Matadors to the state championship game.

"The campus is a big draw," said Brophy. He added, "Coach Felton is the biggest reason (for choosing Georgia). His style is so professional."

With freshman Levi Stukes, as well as fellow incoming freshman Sundiata Gaines and Channing Toney, being natural scoring guards, Brophy will be in a position to get major minutes as a point guard.

"I believe I can (step in and play right away in the SEC)," Brophy said. "I believe I'll be a little rusty (after not playing in games this past year), but by the time the season rolls around, I'll be ready to play."

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