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Fox aims high

October 14, 2009

When UGA hired Mark Fox as the new basketball coach, I believed then that we may have gotten the perfect guy for the job. Fox just seemed so full of piss and vinegar and sounded not just committed, but confident that he was going to take UGA to the next level, that it was hard not to like the guy. Well that was all well and good, but we’ve really got to wait and see if he can deliver.

If he doesn’t deliver, it won’t be for lack of ambition on the recruiting trail though.

Say this for the Dogs: They’re certainly shooting high. Among their targets for the 2010 recruiting class — the early signing period begins Nov. 11 — is five-star prospect Jelan Kendrick of Marietta.

Kendrick, a 6-foot-5, 186-pound senior from Wheeler High, is rated the No. 2 small forward in the country by Scout.com. All Georgia will have to do to land Kendrick is beat out Kentucky, Memphis, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Oregon and Isaiah Thomas‘ Florida International squad.

The Bulldogs are also after 6-foot-9 center  Shawn Kemp Jr. of Canton and 6-9 center Cady Lalanne of Orlando. Kemp, son of the famous father of the same name, is a former Alabama signee (assistant coach Philip Pearson’s influence being seen here) who currently at Hargrave Military Academy prep school in Virginia. Lalanne is a Rivals.com 150 prospect who has offers from UMass, Ole Miss, South Carolina, South Florida, UCF, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky.

If Foxy can land either one of those guys, you can color me impressed. Even if he doesn’t, I still like that he’s not content to just recruit everyone else’s scraps.

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