NORCROSS, Ga. — Mark Fox has to be smiling today.
That’s because the Georgia basketball program just added the second-highest rated recruit of the Fox era in Athens. Norcross forward Rayshaun Hammonds gave the Georgia basketball program that boost after he told the crowd at a school ceremony that he’s signed with UGA during the early signing period.
That’s the biggest get for Fox and the hoops program since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed with UGA as a 5-star recruit and the nation’s No. 2 point guard back in 2011.
The senior chose the Bulldogs over Georgia Tech, Memphis and Texas.
Hammonds, a 6-foot-7 prospect, is rated by the 247SportsComposite as the nation’s No. 12 power forward and as the No. 50 player overall in the Class of 2017. He’s also ranked as the No. 7 player in Georgia this year.
He’s rated even higher by the ESPN100. That service rates him as the nation’s No. 38 player overall this year and seventh overall at the small forward spot.
He didn’t keep Fox and his staff in suspense for long once the early signing period for NCAA basketball opened up on Wednesday. Hammonds said that the coaching staff already knew well in advance of his announcement at his school on Thursday.
The 210-pounder was one of eight signees celebrated by Norcross High at that event on Thursday.
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