ATHENS — The third member of Georgia’s recruiting class is officially in the fold. And the Bulldogs are still looking for a fourth, and probably final, member.
Teshaun Hightower, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Lithonia, signed his letter-of-intent on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Hightower, who is attending school in Baltimore this year, committed several months ago.
“We’re excited to add another talented Georgia native to our roster,” head coach Mark Fox said in a statement. “Teshaun has great speed and quickness and the versatility to play a couple of different positions.”
Fox added during an interview Wednesday morning (on 680 The Fan) that Hightower offers: “Great size as a point guard, and great speed.”
Hightower joins two forwards who signed during the fall period: Rayshaun Hammonds from Norcross, rated a top 50 player nationally, and Nicolas Claxton, who is from Greenville, S.C.
Hightower averaged 19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while leading Mt. Zion to a 25-10 record. As a junior at Collins High School he averaged 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists for a team that went 25-5.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have at least one scholarship left to give this year, and indications are they have been targeting a big man to fill the spot. One of those targets will be Garrison Brooks, a four-star prospect who chose Mississippi State over Georgia and others last fall, but was released from his letter-of-intent this week.
Georgia is set to return three post players next year: Senior Yante Maten, and juniors Derek Ogbeide and Mike Edwards. And junior E’Torrion Wilridge has played power forward, a position that Hammonds and Claxton can play as well.
But with four of those players having two years or less of eligibility remaining, the team appears to be targeting someone for the future.
There’s also Maten’s status, as he has not officially announced that he’s returning for his senior year. The deadline to do so is April 23.