One day after UGA lost its star big man, the Bulldogs got a commitment from another one.
Rodney Howard, a 6-foot-10 center from Roswell, Ga., pledged to UGA over Georgia Tech on Wednesday afternoon, announcing his decision on Twitter:
Howard’s situation is a little complicated, as he signed a basketball scholarship last November with Ole Miss. Earlier this month, he decided to request a release from his letter of intent that he signed with the Rebels.
This past year, Howard played his senior season of high school at Legacy Charter in Greenville, S.C., after spending the previous three seasons at Roswell’s Centennial High School, located in the suburbs of Atlanta.
On Tuesday, UGA got the news that its top returning player, sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton, had decided to keep his name in this year’s NBA Draft.
The 3-star Howard obviously is unlikely to match Claxton’s output next season, or whenever he’s eligible to begin his college career. But it was yet another big recruiting win for UGA coach Tom Crean as Howard was one of the top remaining prospects available in this year’s class. Ironically, Both Claxton and Howard played at Legacy Charter.
With the addition of Howard, UGA will arguably have the best recruiting class in school history. The headliner is 5-star guard Anthony Edwards, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect by several publications. Howard has outstanding size and good potential, but will likely need some time to develop.