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Thursday February 12, 2009

While the current basketball team continues to go through the motions on its way to an inauspicious finish, the program did get a bit of good news. Fall signees (G) Demario Mayfield and (C) Daniel Miller both plan on sticking with Georgia and will play for the new coach.

“I’m still 100 percent going to Georgia,” said Mayfield, who also had offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn and Florida State.

“Even with (Felton’s dismissal), I am still going to Georgia,” (said Miller).

Now while neither is in the Derrick Favors class of instant program-changing prospects, each is considered to be a quality player. The AJC notes that Miller “is now considered the nation’s eighth-best senior center prospect by ESPN.” Mayfield’s offer sheet speaks for itself.

This news already puts the new coach a step ahead of the last time we changed coaches. The Georgia administration did everything but pack the bags of the 2003 recruiting class to encourage them to transfer to other programs. As a result, Dennis Felton had to piece together an entire recruiting class within a couple of months in the wake of a scandal that made national news. That first class ended up being Levi Stukes, Steve Newman, Corey Gibbs, and Marcus Sikes. Stukes and Newman were the only contributors from that class, and they became the core of the team as sophomores.

With Miller and Mayfield solidly committed, the new coach can focus on other needs in the spring period. The most obvious need is shooting help from both the 2 and 3 positions, and the ability to sign a scorer from the wing will be an immediate and early test for the new coach.

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