SEC run gives Felton recruiting edge

DESTIN, FL – Georgia is closer than its ever been under head coach Dennis Felton to being a major player in basketball recruiting, Felton said here this week.

 Felton met with his 11 colleagues in the SEC for two days as part of the conference's annual business meetings in the Hilton Sandestin.

 Felton doesn't want too much credit for that to go to the team's miracle run to the SEC Tournament championship in March, but he acknowledges that's been a big factor.

 "It seems like everyone across the country watched those games, especially when people heard about what was going on," Felton said. "Everywhere I go I have gotten more attention than ever."

 Felton said his team's recruiting was looking up even before the title run thanks to the work on his assistant coaches. Georgia signed three of the five members of its 2008 class before it won the SEC title. It added two three-star prospects after the tournament, giving it four three-star players and one four-star player, forward Trey Thompkins out of Norcross.

 The school's relationship with the high school coaches in the state is as good as it has ever been, Felton said.

 "Winning the championship added another step of confirmation," he said, "and created another degree of buzz without a doubt."

 Felton is no longer the only former Western Kentucky coach in the SEC basketball meetings. South Carolina hired Hilltoppers coach Darrin Horn, who replaced Felton at the Bowling Green, Ky., school, during the offseason. Felton said the hiring had no significance to him.

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