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UGA picks up 2 commits for basketball

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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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