Felton signs three

ATHENS - University of Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton announced Wednesday the signing of three prospects from Georgia - Chris Barnes of College Park, Jeremy Price of Decatur and Zac Swansey of Dunwoody - to national letters-of-intent to attend UGA and play basketball next season for the Bulldogs.

Barnes, a 6-8, 210-pound forward, is currently a senior at Riverdale High School. He averaged 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a junior last season at Riverdale, and last summer he played AAU basketball for Team Georgia Elite. Rivals.com, an Internet-based recruiting service, rates Barnes the 36th best power forward prospect in the country in its latest rankings.

"Chris is a power player who has a special future in front of him at Georgia," Felton said. "He is blessed with a big-time body and explosive athleticism. With very little time and space, he can easily rise above a crowd for powerful dunks. I'm very excited to watch his development at Riverdale under coach Derek Powell, whom I know will continue to make a profound impact on Chris."

Price, at 6-9 and 260 pounds, is also regarded among the best power forward prospects in the national Class of 2007. The same Rivals.com service rates him 22nd of all prep players at that position. Scout.com, another web-based recruiting service, rates him 14th-best among power forwards. Price is currently a senior at Columbia High School, for which he averaged 18.9 points and 13.2 rebounds in leading CHS to the 2006 Class 4-A state championship.

"Jeremy is an excellent post player with a big body and a feel for how to use it," Felton said. "He's blessed with excellent hands and touch around the basket. It is also our hope that he will develop into a very good face-up shooter. Coach Phil McCrary at Columbia has done a great job of molding Jeremy into one of the top posts in the nation, and he has worked very hard to become such an accomplished player."

Swansey, at 6-1 and 165 pounds, is beginning his senior year at Dunwoody High School. Last year he helped lead the Wildcats to their second straight Class 3A state title, averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Swansey transferred to Dunwoody after playing his sophomore season at Flowery Branch High School.

"Zac is a point guard who is a very skilled ballhandler and passer, and who has a good feel for the game and knows how to distribute the ball," Felton said. "I'm also impressed by how Zac transferred into an already successful program, mesh immediately and help them win a second state title. Coach Scott Bracco has done an excellent job of teaching Zach many nuances of the game from the point guard position."

The early national signing period begins today and ends next Wednesday, Nov. 15. Georgia tips off the 2006-07 season Friday night at home against Southern University of Baton Rouge.

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