Mark Fox’s recruiting push for 2017 picked up another big body on Monday.
The Bulldogs added a legacy to the program when Nicolas “Nic” Claxton shared his college decision. Claxton, a 6-foot-9 combo forward from South Carolina, chose the Bulldogs over Baylor, FSU, Maryland, N.C. State and South Carolina.
Claxton, the son of former UGA center Charles Claxton, attends Legacy Charter School in Greenville.
He signed his scholarship papers with the UGA fight song playing in the background at a ceremony from his school gymnasium.
— Legacy Charter (@LegacyCharter) November 14, 2016
According to the 247Sports Composite, the small forward is rated as the nation’s No. 42 prospect at his position and the No. 213 player overall for 2017.
The 205-pounder averaged 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior. He’s also known to favor his left hand on the hardwood.
Claxton plays for the AAU South Carolina Raptors Elite team. He’s the second UGA signee during the early period. Fox and the staff got a huge pickup last Thursday in 4-star Norcross power forward Rayshaun Hammonds.
Claxton’s father played center for Hugh Durham at UGA from 1991-1995.
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