ATHENS — Teshaun Hightower, a high school guard originally from Georgia but now living in Baltimore, will be coming home this fall: He is joining Georgia’s basketball team next season.
Hightower, listed at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, is graded as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and capable of playing both guard positions. He grew up in Gwinnett County but now attends Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore. Hightower announced his commitment via a tweet on Monday morning.
Thank you lord ??????‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/0Tn8QdHpmj
— Teshaun Hightower (@TeshaunTh) January 16, 2017
This becomes the third commitment for head coach Mark Fox’s incoming class: Forward Rayshaun Hammonds, a top 50-rated recruit, signed in November along with forward Nicolas Claxton.
Hightower was described as a “late-bloomer” by Dan McDonald, a basketball recruiting expert for Ugasports.com.
“He’s really more of a combo guard. I think Georgia took him as a point guard because Coach Fox likes taller point guards,” McDonald said. “I would call him a good shooter, maybe not a great shooter. He’s a little streaky. He’s good at going to the bucket. He’s a good passer …. I think the guy has a lot of upside.”
Hightower had also visited Western Kentucky and La Salle. NC State was showing interest, as well as some other power-conference schools.
“I think at the end of the day, once Georgia offered him, he was sold,” McDonald said.
Georgia is set to lose four seniors off this year’s team: Star guard J.J. Frazier, reserve forwards Kenny Paul Geno and Houston Kessler and reserve guard Brandon Young.