Posted: 10:20 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014

UGA picks up 2 commits for basketball 

By Michael Carvell

UGA picked up two basketball commitments on Saturday, less than a week since Bulldogs coach Mark Fox got a contract extension.

Fred Iduwe is a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center who is originally from Nigeria and plays at St. John’s Northwest Military Academy near Milwaukee. Iduwe is an unranked prospect and committed to UGA over North Dakota and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“I picked Georgia because I believe I will do well there,” Iduwe told the AJC. “I believe I will play. I believe I will get a good education there.”

Yante Maten is a 3-star power forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The 6-8, 230-pounder picked UGA over Michigan State and Indiana.

“I was told he and his family weren’t happy with Michigan State because they waited until the other schools offered before they offered him,” said Dan McDonald, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.

“I think the other big thing that drew him to Georgia is that he’s got a major that is animal-related. I don’t think Michigan State or Indiana had that major.”

With the two new commitments, UGA took a big step in trying to build its frontcourt of the future.

“If you look at Georgia’s roster, there’s a decent chance, depending on who they get for their 2015 class, that these two kids they picked up could be the starting frontcourt in two years,” McDonald said. “Georgia will lose Marcus Thornton, Nemanja Djurisic and Tim Dixon. They will need these two kids to come in next season and get their feet wet to be ready to play in two years.”

The late signing period in basketball begins on April 16.

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38 comments
BobDawg
BobDawg

Maten is a stud and flew under the radar… 

BCB
BCB

Great news. GO DAWGS!

RonRoberts
RonRoberts

These signees are "the Georgia way."  By that, I mean, they're not projected to be "one and done" types that many four & five star recruits are. Sure, that means our class rankings don't show up on Rivals' list, but two years later, we're the more experienced & seasoned squad. 

That will pay off for Georgia next season, and the guys behind the seasoned upperclassmen will have the experience to step up the following season, and so on and so forth.

That's "the Georgia way."  Go after players who want to be here and stay here awhile. It worked at Butler, it's worked at Florida (four seniors among their seven top minute-eaters this year and they got to the Final Four) , and it should pay dividends at Georgia next year.  Tennessee and UF lose three or four of their top players, and Kentucky will famously have a bevy of "one-and-done" guys bolt for the NBA. 

That leaves Arkansas, Georgia and Mizzou as (IMHO) the top-tier picks for the SEC title next year. 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

I picked Georgia because I believe I will do well there,” Iduwe told the AJC. “I believe I will play. I believe I will get a good education there.”

Freddy Iduwe = my kind of guy.... welcome to the G.... you too... Yante Maten get your G on...

"BELIEVE" in the G

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

all you idiots stop criticizing the uga program  period , everybody is jealous of the uga program , you shoud be it is the best .

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

playing in the nit and winning 20 games in the sec , well let's just say , keep the momentum going MARK FOX we are behind you 100 percent , all you 5 star kids come to uga and play in tournament  one day

NCDawg
NCDawg

I guess that is also the color that of the stuff that leaks out of his ears every time he strains to try to find something to denigrate the University of Georgia.  That is what happens when you strain so hard and your intestines back up.


Again LMAO!

TheTrain
TheTrain

Why are people like POAD allowed to post here?  Irritate & aggravate

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Not one item as to their scoring, rebounding or other stats. Makes them suspect, but they can be projects also! How about Ware? Why is he leaving Louisville? Fit at UGA?

bwell13
bwell13

I know Coach Fox is an excellent coach. He has the program going in the right direction. If these two signees play and play hard I believe local (state) talent will see and what CF is building and want to stay home and be apart of the program. Best wishes for UGA B-ball team.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Iduwe must be skinny as a rail. Get Cartman and the boys to feed him!

petel
petel

Fox better improve his recruiting or he'll be gone.  I think he's a good coach, but even a good coach needs good players.  I fully believer Fox will have to make he tournament next year and win at least one game, maybe two, to keep his job.  He had better hit the recruiting trail long, hard and tirelessly.   

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

Iduwe has admitted that he's a project on the offensive side of the ball.  he enjoys defense and rebounding.

how many players admit that they're weak on the offensive side?  love getting a comparable type player to donte williams.  offensive boards to feed the shooters!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

MC.... could there be another potential, big, local commit to the "G" on the horizon?

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

Outstanding work!

Kid has a solid "B" average and comes from a good home/school.  No character flaws!  CMF simply out-recruited Mich St and Indiana in their own backyard for a prospect they initially slept on.

Yes, CMF missed on some local talent in GA, but he scored huge with Maten.  Maten is just as talented as anyone from this past year's GA class.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Mich St. and Indiana offered Maten and GA got him....

If you're going to criticize, then also give Fox credit when he recruits a good player.

Some of those michigan h.s. players have been pretty rough and tough throughout the years.

Sounds like a good pickup Coach Fox . Congrats.

Keep putting the building blocks in place.

HotDawg
HotDawg

For the recruiting analyst who couldn't figure out the animal related....its called veterinary school.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Hey Michael Carvell does the AJC encourage, discourage or just look away from the comments made by POAD2013?


@POAD2013 you can't teach CLASS but GHETTO is a Culture thing.

@POAD2013  I will not name names of other players or parents that fit the ghetto part of my statement. You are a Dog fan and i'm sure you can find a few that have been on your roster without trying to look too hard that fit that description. 

davidv14
davidv14

This is what I expect from Georgia Basketball because their no basketball respect for them around the nation.  They have to develop these two three star players to become man and play above their own skills to be with the best that Kentucky or Florida has every year in the SEC has.   This year was up and down for this team, and yes they can do better with what they have if these players do not turn the ball over with unforce turnover and beat themselves in other ways.  That is why this team was a NIT team then a NCAA team like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida.

RaleighDawg
RaleighDawg

Manten will be a Housing major this time next year...

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

I actually think Mark Fox is a good coach, he just can't recruit worth a damn. 

Rick_James
Rick_James

Nice pick ups..You cant teach size and these two have that.

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@RonRoberts Both clarkson and brown are leaving Mizz early.  With that loss and fact that heath can't coach a lick, Mizz will be lucky to finish in the middle of the SEC.

Agree that Ark will be a force next year, but they have to prove that they can win away from fayettville.  The conference is totally up for grabs next year.  I could see 5 dif teams (UF, UK, Ark, UGA or LSU) taking the crown.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Where di my original post go?  That old gold /ochre is the same color as baby poop. 

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@RoadScholar Maten averaged 19 pts and 15 boards a game.  pretty nice stats, if you ask me.  gatorade player of the year in state of MI.

Iduwe is a fine defender, but project on the offensive side of the court.

CMF is keeping any and all distance from Ware.  already did that song and dance a couple years ago.  having gaines and parker (will see similar improvement to what gaines made from fresh to soph season) allows you to dismiss from further recruiting of "wild cards."

Drjoe
Drjoe

@petel  These two are taking the last spots we have available for this class.  Unless something happens, that is it for next year's team.  He can go hard for the 201516 team/class.

HotDawg
HotDawg

At 6'11", let him block shots all day

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@HotDawg CMF is going hard after jaylen brown of wheeler.  bit of a long shot considering the competition from other premier b-ball schools......but was considered a long shot in getting KCP and just now with Maten

HotDawg
HotDawg

Maybe african american studies. I hear that's a popular one.

Is there a high earning industry out there for that major after the playing days are through?

What a joke.

Drjoe
Drjoe

@petel  supposed to be 2015-2016 team/class.  don't know how the hyphen was missed.

HotDawg
HotDawg

58Super......you are absolutely correct.

It's a great school.

slydawg
slydawg

@POAD2013 @Rick_James POAD please don't ever say you are not a racist blog midget. I'm not mad at you but just wear the shoe proudly if it fits.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg Yea Hotdawg, sometimes POAD should just go to bed. Good Lord!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wow...POAD paid for dinner for three "REAL" african-americans. (As opposed to fake african-americans).

Next he'll be telling us he can't be racist because he has a black friend! Lol

Open wide POAD and insert foot.....

HotDawg
HotDawg

POAD is now the banner boy for racial tolerance??? ROFL!!!!!!

Only have to read through a couple of his comments to see the hypocrisy.

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